Positive Energy

 

For a long time, I've had nothing to do with sports for lack of interest, time and, above all, passion. Like most people, home was where I spent my free time, catching a soap opera or reading a good book.

 
For a long time, I've had nothing to do with sports for lack of interest, time and, above all, passion. Like most people, home was where I spent my free time, catching a soap opera or reading a good book. At the time, I had a membership at a gym and would go there once a week, or not at all, just to have a clear conscience. For the past three years, though, I've started to develop an interest and passion to go out regularly and play outdoor sports.

The idea came to me while watching runners come out of their caves and hit the road again in the spring. When I saw them run, it looked so simple. More than anything, their energy fascinated, even intrigued me. So I took the plunge that year by signing up for the 10 km Montreal Marathon before I even started training. Then, I bought a book with a beginner-, intermediate- and advanced-level training program. You cannot imagine the pride I felt when I crossed the finish line of this 10km race on September 29, 2013.

Since I've become an avid runner, I have encouraged acquaintances and friends to also come out of their caves in spring and make the most of summer. There's nothing better than getting outdoors, burning energy and stocking up on sun-kissed vitamins. That's in addition to enjoying beautiful summer days, appreciating the scenery and breathing the fresh air.

Over the past few years, part of my life has changed and I know that it's due to outdoor sports, not to mention the energy and adrenaline rush I get from it. I'm a much more positive and determined person. I look at everything differently. Every day, I abandon the limits I had set for myself at the beginning. In terms of work, I take on challenges I never thought I'd ever be able to face, with a better perspective. The limits of my creativity have become greater and I've adopted a more dynamic approach to every project.

In 2015, I also started getting into some winter sports and, now that the air smells of summer, I signed up for a new challenge — a half marathon in New York in October. This summer will be amazing, full of get-up-and-go.

I know that when we see people play sports, whether it's running, cycling or otherwise, we tell ourselves that it's not for us. Despite what you may think, you should tell yourself that, once upon a time, they too thought the same thing — and you can develop their athletic spirit one day at a time, one kilometer at a time and so on. Nobody becomes an athlete overnight. It takes hard work. Start by going outside, just to take small steps, and you'll see how energized you can get afterwards.
 
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Caroline Larocque began her career as a kitchen designer right after she completed her studies.

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