“These boots ain’t made for walking Serena,” was what I was thinking when I considered doing the 5k walk in the PEI Marathon. I had joined the go! PEI Let’s Walk Challenge in September and was building my endurance. Because of a partnership between go! PEI and the PEI Marathon, taking part in the go! PEI challenge allowed me to take the 5 k challenge of walking at the marathon. I have completed a 5k walk before but doing it as part of the PEI Marathon weekend would be special.

On the morning of the event, I awoke to the internal debate many exercisers have “should I get up? Or, should I stay in bed! I tossed and turned as this debate played out. Finally I said “ Serena, you have to do this for you, and  just think of that awesome medal you get at the end.” My feet went over the side of the bed.

The drive to Charlottetown strengthened my resolve, I kept thinking ‘no backing out now.’  Once I arrived I was nervous and tentative as I moved toward the start of the 5 and 10k. Not knowing anyone I was asking myself lots of questions – “where do I go while I wait?”, “where is the start line?”, “Do I stand at the back because I am walking?’

While questioning myself, I was befriended by an amazing mother daughter team. Together we encouraged each other and made our way to the right place.  Then before we knew it the race started, my new found friends and I parted ways as we got into our own race modes.

Using my music and ‘I can do this’ as my motivators, I began my challenge. At the 2k mark all was good and I encouraged myself with ‘almost half way there’. On seeing the 3k marker, my spirit rose again and I thought ‘on the home stretch now’.

All along the route, volunteers and strangers cheered. Their energy and enthusiasm lifted my spirits as my energy wavered. When I reached the 4k mark some stiffness had begun to creep in. It was manageable though and I thought  ‘thank goodness’ only 1k to go.’

On University Avenue, the final stretch, one volunteer provided extra encouragement saying “you are doing great, they are all waiting for you.” I replied “I’m waiting for them too.”

With the finish line in sight and crowds of strangers cheering me on, my spirit rose again. And then the best surprise of all, my mother daughter duo from the start line were there screaming my name. It was so special as they welcomed me after I crossed the finish line.

The weeks after my 5k walk at the PEI Marathon were amazing. I received so many messages of congratulation. Random strangers came up to me to give a ‘high five’. People recognized my accomplishment and I felt good.

My first participation in the walk at the PEI Marathon was truly special. Making new friends, feeling  encouragement from total strangers cheering for me, and most importantly, meeting my goal is something I will never forget.

I would urge every Islander to give a 5-10 k walk at the PEI Marathon a try, it is wonderful experience.



What is go!PEI?

go!PEI is a community-based healthy living program that offers free physical activity and healthy eating programs for Islanders across PEI. go!PEI is designed around providing information and supports to assist all Islanders to make simple changes to their lifestyle to improve their overall health and quality of

About go!PEI

go!PEI is a community-based healthy living program that offers free physical activity and healthy eating programs for Islanders across PEI. go!PEI is designed around providing information and supports to assist all Islanders to make simple changes to their lifestyle to improve their overall health and quality of life.

The go!PEI team is made up of provincial partners (Island Trails and PEI Healthy Eating Alliance), Regional Sport & Recreation Councils and four major municipalities (City of Charlottetown, City of Summerside, Town of Cornwall, and Town of Stratford).   This group works together to provide opportunities for Islanders wishing to make a change to their personal health.   Through these partners, go!PEI delivers free programs all across the province focusing on walking, running, biking, hiking and healthy eating activities.

go!PEI's seven core principles are to deliver:

1. Activities that are low cost or no cost
2. Activities that have readily available infrastructure across the Province
3. Activities that require limited equipment
4. Activities that do not have time constraints
5. Activities that can be done as an individual or as part of a group
6. Activities that can be done by any age group
7. Activities that can be done year round (maybe not cycling)

 

 

How to get Involved

Become a leader: It is our hope to have as many Islanders as possible organize and deliver a program to their community, group or organization. If you have an interest in getting something started for your group, send our coordinator an email.

Sign up for our E-Newsletter: We send out an email newsletter throughout the year with healthy living tips, stories and upcoming events. You can sign up for our newsletter on our website or when you register for a go!PEI program. Or, you can email Laura at gopei@recreationpei.ca!

Participate in a Program/Event: The calendar of events is available on our website which identifies when free upcoming courses and programs are taking place. For programs specific to your community, please contact the community partner nearest you for information.

Request Information: If you want to mobilize your workplace, organization, family or neighbors we can help you do this by providing some information. A number of workplaces have organized go!PEI activities as part of their workplace wellness initiatives by receiving resources from our office.

Download Resources: Finally, if you want to make some personal healthy living changes you can collect tips and lessons on how to do so on our website. You can download program booklets (to follow at home on your own) and healthy living information on our resource page.

 

 



   

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