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Athlete of the Week

Debby Hudson-Hughes – Prince Edward Island

March 21st, 2020
Debby reached 1000 KM in less than 3 months. See how she did it!

I am not fast, I am not special, I am just one person but I make a difference.

How did you hear about A Great Canadian Running Challenge?

I heard about this challenge from great running friends!

Did you walk, jog or run this challenge?

Combination running and walking

If you are a runner, tell us when you began to run and what motivated you to start running.

I had run when I was in school. I had stopped for a time after college, then after I began having my family I began walking. Having four children in less than four and a half years, I needed a stress reliever? I started by jogging while walking and it just evolved.

How often do you walk, jog or run?

I run almost every day. I walk either by myself or with my husband in the evenings as a way to have time for uninterrupted talk time together.

How do you stay motivated and find the time to walk and run?

My children are grown now. I am blessed with grandchildren. I want to stay as healthy to watch them grow and show them anything is possible if you work towards your goals. I work in a school with some pretty special students that require extra needs, days that take my energy also require me to work at replenishing myself so I’m my best the next day. I am also training for upcoming marathons, and trail ultramarathons so time on my feet matters.

What was your greatest obstacle while aiming to reach 1000 KM?

I really didn’t think about it. I just was doing what I love to do every day. There were a few days I added on a few Kms to get to a number once I realized how close I was.

What advice would you give someone to stay focused on reaching 1000 KM in 2020?

You Own Your Day. If you are able to step outside or on a treadmill, or walk in place for 10 minutes, you can do anything. Start small. You are in competition with no one. Continue to find people and places with like-minded attitudes. Look for the good in each day.


Great work Debby! Thank you for sharing a part of your story with us! We wish you the best of luck in reaching your goals!

You can follow Debby’s progress on the Leaderboard and cheer her on as she reaches 2020 KM in 2020!


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