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.