Spend some time getting to know the Canada Get Fit team and what motivates them. You may be surprised at what ordinary people just like you can do.
Experienced Group Leaders
All Canada Get Fit work outs are led by experienced runners. So you can rest assured that there is always somebody that’s been where you are. Our group leaders can help you understand from their own experience where you are going and how best to get there. Here’s a little bit about some of our leaders:
I started running many time since my twenties but never stayed at it. I would run for a few weeks and then find reasons why I wouldn’t run today and then this week and before long, I wasn’t running any more. 7 years ago, I joined what was Canada Fit back then after seeing the positive changes it made for Karen, my wife. She looked great and was more relaxed and happier than I had seen her since we were kids. I thought if running with a group could do that for her, then maybe there was hope for me. Well, 7 years later, I am about 20 pounds lighter but no better looking but I do feel a lot better. Running burns stress for me and long runs provide lots of time for thinking.
I am certainly not fast, but really enjoy running distance. Trails are the best. Single track in the trees or meadows. I find nothing more enjoyable then running for hours with friends then getting together to talk afterwards. We should have bought shares in Timmie’s.
Probably the neetest run I participated in was a 200 mile relay with 10 friends. We started Saturday morning and finished supper time Sunday. A great experience that I will never forget.
I grew up as a devout non-runner and that served me well for the first 55 years of my life except for a few 5 and 10 kms. run for charity. At a Boxing Day party in 2009, an old friend and long time member of CanadaGetFit talked me into a short 5 km. run on January 2nd, 2010. That was the innocent start of it all. Since then, I have stuck to the Canada Get Fit program and run numerous 10kms, many Half’s, four times Around The Bay and the Goofey (find me on registration day and I will explain!) – but, more importantly, I have run with the greatest group of friends one could hope to meet. I am just your average 58-year old who wants to stay in shape but I have learnt, and read, a lot about how to run and how to run faster.
I started late in life to take up running with a few of my fellow friends at work. Trying to run /walk 5k seemed like forever. Anyone mentioning 10k or more and my brain tuned out the idea. Feeling the need for better health and eating convinced my lazy brain to join Canada Fit in 2005. It was the best thing that I could have done. Running with the group became fun and I began to look forward to those early Saturday mornings. Looking back to 2005, I never thought it was possible for me to complete 5 Marathons, and too many to remember Half Marathons. This was all accomplished because I made the decision to run with a group that became friends. Friends who silently and sometimes vocally encouraging you on. There is a special connection when you run with a group. The connection and feeling is something you have to experience to understand and makes it all worthwhile.
I think I started running in 2005, and I ran my first half marathon in 2008. I joined CGF in 2012, to prepare for my first RTB. Since joining CFG, my running times improved, and I branched out to more races than just Oakville, including the Phlox 25k trail runs, some other trail runs, and in 2015, my first marathon. Through CGF, I learned I “can” – I can set goals and reach them, with help from the other runners providing the scaffolding and support. This year, I have been asked to help with coaching, and I will be there to support you reach your goals, to give back – thank you all.
In my hectic real estate business, I wanted to find an activity that didn’t require a large time commitment, yet provided a great workout and one that is a “stressbuster”
I joined Canada Get Fit in the spring of 2004 for the “try it for 3 weeks” program and never left and ran my first Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon that fall. Since than I have run many full and half marathons, dozens of 10k events, and in 2013, I participated in the Muskoka 5150 Triathlon.
At 66 years old, I am not fast, but really enjoy running. But more enjoyable then running the variety of trails provide each week or following the simple training program or learning from the knowledgeable guest speakers… are the great friends that I have met and those that encourage me to keep running and cycling.
Shirley Speakman, Director
I started out 16 years ago without any experience in distance running. Since then I shed more than 40 lbs and added a few back but remain a true believer in active lifestyle living. Over the years I have completed 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, full marathons and a variety of triathlon distance races from sprint distance races to successfully completing 3 Ironman distance races. In 2012, I undertook an epic journey across a magnificent portion of our country to raise money for Wellspring. I cycled from Lake Louise Alberta to Whistler British Columbia. Did you know there are mountains between Alberta and BC? And it all began with a decision to try this group running thing.