Tracy Kempthorne
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Athlete of the Week

Tracy Kempthorne from Ontario

May 3rd, 2020
Tracy reached 1000KM in less than 4 months. See how she did it!

I just wanted to complete the challenge initially; however, now, my goal is just to continue running. It’s not about the distance for me; it’s about how great I feel after a run. I have a few races planned with all this running. I may end up building up some speed too, which I don’t mind.

Did you walk, jog or run this challenge?

My speed qualifies as a jog.

How did you start jogging?

I started really running when my daughter (now 16) was in preschool. One of the other moms suggested a marathon one fall! She had a lot going on in her life, and I thought if she can do it, what was my excuse? At that time, I fell in love with distance running. I am not fast at all, but I love to go out and run for hours.

How often do you jog?

I jog everyday, first thing in the morning. On weekdays, I’m up at 4:30 AM to get one in!

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

In January 2019, I fell while I was skiing and ended up on crutches, unable to do anything for over four months! I had surgery at the end of May 2019, then months of rehab. In late September 2019, I completed The Army Run as more of a walk that turned into a run with basically no training. It was stupid of me to even attempt it. When I finally recovered from that in December 2019, I started slow a little every day. I still have some pain on most days! I could stop and feel sorry for myself, but instead, I slow down and listen to my body.

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

I remind myself of how great it makes me feel.

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

There are days that aren’t great. Don’t give up reaching for your goals. Keep showing up! Give 100% of yourself to every single day! Obstacles and challenges will often get in your way and you need to prioritize yourself first! Make time for you! This may sometimes mean the laundry gets put on hold or you have to get up at 3:30 am to get a run in before an early morning meetings. There is always time to set aside for exercise and your health.

I really appreciate the positiveness of the group. Thank you for everyone’s support.


Great work Tracy and thank you for sharing a part of your story with us! We wish you the best of luck in reaching your 2020 goals!

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


4 thoughts on “Athlete of the Week-Tracy Kempthorne”

  1. Speargrassgrace

    Tracy, thanks for your story. I am amazed by how each of our group has their own unique story but we have a common bond to just get out and do it. Congratulations on your achievement.

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