Get Inspired, Get Healthy!

Hi All!

This is the National Capital Race Weekend! I’m so excited! I have two friends, Val and Fran who are running the marathon for the first time. I will be with them in spirit every step of the way.

This year I’m not running, but I’m kind of happy to be on the sidelines cheering others on. It’s so inspiring! I’ve seen children and people over 80 running the marathon and I can’t help but think, “If they can do it, so can anyone!”

If you’ve always ignored race weekend (at best) or fumed over the road closures (at worst), why not try to participate in it and feel the excitement? It doesn’t have to be the marathon. Try the 10 or 5 km. If you’re scared to death to try, find a child and do the kids 2 km. You’ll feel like you did the marathon!

Good luck to everyone running this weekend–I’ll catch up next year!

To Your Health!



About tracygagnon

Tracy’s life-long passions have intertwined to create an interesting career. Since childhood, Tracy has loved writing, public speaking and fitness. She graduated from Carleton University’s School of Journalism in 1986. Since that time, she has written for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, created and written several newsletters, written award-winning technical manuals, as well as marketing materials, reference check reports, proposals and other materials. She has written for all levels of government, private industry and the not-for-profit sector on a variety of subjects. Throughout her life, Tracy has also found herself publicly presenting various types of information—from teaching small children to swim and adult fitness classes to presenting communication seminars and creative speeches (through Toastmasters International). In order to pull all her interests together, she created Inward Journeys in 1994. Her purpose was to help individuals and groups draw out their potential. She wrote programs on communication, teamwork, self-esteem and motivation. Each program was interactive and very often had a physical element to help participants internalize key points. Some of her experiential team adventures included: rock climbing, whitewater rafting, sailing and dogsledding. The final thread from childhood was a love of fitness, which was already manifest from the days of Participaction and flexed arm hangs (yuk!) to Inward Journeys and finally onto a new challenge at Carleton University. At 42 she became a fitness instructor at Carleton U—a dream she had had since she was 16! Eventually she was offered a full time contract position, where was able to finally put all of her skills to work as a writer, presenter and fitness enthusiast. She created the Fitness Now newsletter, the To Your Health blog, and taught fitness classes to people from all walks of life. After a year and a half, however, her contract wasn’t renewed and it was time to move on to a new adventure. Her passions have never dimmed and because of that Tracy has created a new fitness blog called Along the Fitness Trail. Please join her on her new adventure.
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2 Responses to Get Inspired, Get Healthy!

  1. Irene says:

    My Niece is walking the 60K walk that will take place on June 4th-5th in Ottawa for “End Woman’s Cancer” . I wish her and all of the other wonderful people in both the race and walk a great day, a big hug and and Thank You for your help

  2. Erin says:

    Fran and Val did an amazing job on the weekend!! They are a bit sore still, but still smiling and chipper as ever! 🙂

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