Athlete of the Week
Kim Dunphy from Saskatchewan
May 3rd, 2020
Kim reached 1000KM in less than 4 months. See how she did it!
I encourage everyone to Keep Moving, Move on Purpose! Push yourself to do just a little more than you think you are capable of. Your body and mind will thank you. Find a support team of friends, whether that be within the community you live in, or online and connect with them. Encourage each other, lean on each other and celebrate every step! You will never regret any steps you take. Lace up those runners and walk, jog or run! The world is waiting for you!
Did you walk, jog or run this challenge?
All of the kilometres I have done during this challenge were done running on the treadmill. My runs were not always at a high or fast pace, but nonetheless, it was running or jogging.
How did you start running?
I have been a runner for many years. I started running to combat anxiety and panic attacks. Running helps me clear my head, and the endorphin rush makes me feel less anxious. I generally like to run on the treadmill; however, there is something to be said about running in the great outdoors!
How often do you walk, jog or run?
I have been running every day. Typically I like to start my morning off with a 10km run and then get on with my workday. In the evening, I tend to run another 5km-10km, depending on how much time I have or how my day has gone. I love to watch Netflix or other TV shows while I’m running. It makes the time on the treadmill pass by so quickly, and I don’t feel guilty about indulging in some screen time.
What was your greatest obstacle while aiming to reach 1000KM?
Honestly, I have such a great support group of friends that I really haven’t hit any obstacles. All of my friends love to workout and stay fit, so any day I felt a little less than motivated, I would either give them a call or shoot them a text. Instantly some words of encouragement were given and I would lace up my runners and get moving!
How do you stay motivated and find the time to walk and run?
It is easy to stay motivated because I love the feeling that running gives me! Finding the time can be difficult, but because my health means so much to me, I always create a window of time each day to run! Self-care is so important, and running to me is the ultimate self-care! It also gives me a chance to enjoy some “me time.”
What advice would you give someone to stay focused on reaching 1000KM in 2020?
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Set a goal and work to achieve it. Keep moving everyday, whether it be walking, jogging or running. Move on purpose! Celebrate any and all victories and be proud of yourself!