my goal: the new york marathon

Every runner is running for a purpose: to get in shape, to stay in shape, to lose weight, to compete, to spend time on their own or to spend time with other like minded people -- the list goes on and on! Personally, I fall into many of these categories.

Hi! I’m Caity, a Key Leader at lululemon Eaton Centre, and I am a distance runner.

goal setting: run a marathon

Like many distance runners, that BIG race has been one of my goals for years – the marathon! Year after year I have pushed it back, telling myself it’s too far, I’m too scared, the training’s too intense, I can’t commit, I can’t do it, I’ll fail… trust me, I had a really great list of excuses.

While volunteering in Africa with GrassrootSoccer (a non-profit organization that uses soccer as a tool to educate youth on HIV/AIDS) I realized that if I was ever going to accomplish my goal of running a marathon I needed to run for something bigger than myself. In April 2010 I was presented an opportunity and immediately that list of excuses I had created just vanished and the choice was clear. I registered for the New York City Marathon on Nov. 7, 2010 with the GrassrootSoccer team.

Now, less than 1 week before my race I have been clocking around 70kms per week leading up to the marathon, including distance runs, speed work, and hill training in the sun, wind, and rain. I’ve pushed myself further than I ever imagined, I’ve exceeded all limits I thought I had, and I walk with a new bounce in every step. But the greatest surprise of all is the feeling of sheer gratitude at the end of every run (I am often moved to tears – seriously!). I am thankful for my family, my friends, my health, my job, the roof over my head and the food in my fridge.

So, what is my purpose? I am running for children. I am running for life. I am running to change the world.

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So Inspiring!! When you said you run to tears sometimes, I totally understand!!! I never thought I could be a running, and I am now running 10km three times a week. Everytime I push a little further, I feel such a victory. Thanks for the great inspiration!

Comment by Sarah — November 1, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

Congrats Katie :) You are an inspiration! Wish you were still in Ottawa so we could run together!!

Comment by Jenna — November 1, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

Bravo, Caity! As always, I’m in awe of you!

Comment by Emma A — November 1, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

Caity I’m so proud of you! I wish you all the luck in the world next weekend! xxx

Comment by Michelle — November 1, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

Caity, you make me proud to be a lemon! You are truly a star! :) Have fun in New York!

Comment by Keri — November 1, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

I’m not running the marathon, but I live in NYC and I love supporting fellow runners. I’ll see you at the water station at mile 20 and I’ll scream Caity as loud as I can!

Comment by alanna — November 1, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

Girl, you are such an inspiration. So excited for you! xoxoxo

Comment by Lauren — November 2, 2010 @ 6:11 am


You are just an inspiration, which I know has been written in all the comments above – BUT IT’S TRUE! Every time I read this I get goosebumps and tears in my eyes. You are beautiful in every way. Can’t wait for your run in NYC!

Love ya! xx

Comment by Nicole — November 2, 2010 @ 6:41 am

Amazing. A really great cause too.

Comment by Sean — November 2, 2010 @ 8:03 am

Amazing work Caity!!! Good luck in the Big Apple! I can’t wait until Andrew and I are living in the city and we can all hang out!! xo!

Comment by Kathleen Davis — November 2, 2010 @ 8:45 am

Caity, you are amazing! I know you will be fabulous! Is an Ironman next on your list? I know you LOVE triathlons!

Comment by Jessica King — November 2, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

Caity, you are so inspiring, you truly are one of the greatest people I know. Thank you for being amazing Sparks! And… good luck in NYC!

Comment by Patrika Janstova — November 2, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

I’m running too!!!!! Lulu represent!!!!!!

Comment by Brian — November 2, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

so proud of you sparkie! go get ‘em in NYC!

Comment by tiffany a. — November 3, 2010 @ 7:18 am

so excited for you! good luck!! come do some yoga when you are done xo

Comment by julie — November 3, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

Go Caity!!! It’s great that you are feeling both so blessed and motivated!
You are such a sweet soul.
Have a good run!

Comment by Christine — November 4, 2010 @ 10:27 am

My goal is the Walt Disney World Marathon January 2012!

Short term goal – Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon in June.

Comment by Shannnon@Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy — November 4, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

I am so proud of you Caity!Hope you beat Dad’s marathon time so you can hold the family bragging rights! Good luck, Mom XO

Comment by Mom — November 4, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

Thank you all so much!! I can’t wait for Sunday – best of luck to all my fellow runners! xo

Comment by Caity — November 4, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

YOU inspire me!
YOU are changing the world already!
have a great run in NYC!

Comment by ashleigh orser — November 4, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

You are a great person, my opinion is that we should be like Caity.
Yoga can help us very much in our life to maintain our confidence level about the things we are scared some time.
Keep it up.

Comment by Yoga New York City — September 15, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

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