I’ve always loved being active. It allows me to get into nature … to become mindful and present … to feel alive.
But what happens if you can’t?
If disability forces you into a wheelchair or into a more sedentary way of living?
Then movement and activity can become extremely difficult, and it can be very easy to end up stuck and alone and disconnected from your body.
The solution for me is to be the captain and coach for our assisted running team.
It’s very simple. I sit in a racing chair specially designed for me. To begin with, we worked with a team of angels who worked together to push me.
But very rapidly we realized that for me to run and bike and swim as much as I enjoy, I was going to need at least one very dedicated angel who would get out with me rain or shine, hot or cold, no matter what else was going on. So it became clear that my husband, Trevor was going to need to be that person! This is why my chair is ‘poweredbylove’!
So far, Trevor and I have competed in 5K’s, 10K’s, Half Marathons, and in August 2018, our first (sprint distance) Triathlon. And the hope is that this is just the beginning!
The fascinating thing is that people tell me that participating as an angel improves their experience as well:
“This was possibly the most fun 10k I have ever done. I took part in a relay team pushing disabled athlete Heather Morgan in a running stroller. It was so much more motivating than running on my own, in large part due to Heather’s inspiring attitude.” ~ Dave
Others have told me that it helps them to be more motivated to train if they have someone to work with, and that they are more able to keep to their base training goals with someone to talk to.
Are you interested in joining our running team for a day or a season?
Are you looking for a new or different way to train?
Are you looking for a coach or accountability partner for your running?
Trevor and I would love to have you along for a run or a bike work out. Whether you are just getting started and looking to make sure your technique is correct or help you with motivation, or whether you’re a more seasoned athlete looking for a new challenge, if you’re in the Barrie area, or passing through on your way to or from Cottage Country we’d love to connect to see how we can work together to reach your goals!