How I Went from Hating Running to Training for a Marathon

I will never run a marathon, but I’ll train for a 5k – me, 10 years ago.

I wasn’t always a runner. Actually, I’ve only been a runner for almost 1/3 of my life. When I was a kid, I was in swimming and competitive dance. I ended up with a lot of injuries as a dancer – Patella femoral syndrome, pulled hamstrings and more. When I was 10, I remember jamming my knees so badly in tap class that I had to scoot out of the rehearsal room on my bum because I couldn’t stand up on my own.

I did a LOT of physio, like, 2 years a lot. I remember hearing the words “knee replacement” being mumbled. I had a doctors note excusing me from phys ed and stating that I wasn’t to engage in running activities. Every attempt I made at running ended badly, with something else on my body hurting. I remember in the 7th or 8th grade, it was track and field day and it was a requirement that we had to sign up for 3 running events. I chose the 60m, 100m and 200m because they were the shortest. Then we were told you had to pick at least one longer distance race, and that 3 short distances weren’t acceptable. So I signed up for the 800m, which was the shortest of the “long” distances.

I ran for maybe the first 50m and then walked very slowly the rest of the race. I think I may have even cried. Either way, running – it wasn’t my thing. When I turned 19, all of that changed.

I don’t know why, but running didn’t hurt when I gave it a shot. I could barely run 300m continuously, but I was determined to run. I began my journey in April 2006 and my goal was a 5km race on July 1st of that year. I trained and ran the 5k. I stopped during the race to “tie my shoe” – aka, find an excuse to take a break, my shoelace wasn’t undone. I was upset with myself for not running the whole thing. That feeling stuck with me and I wanted to do better. I noticed a lot of benefits from running and it started becoming part of my regular routine. The following spring, I signed up for and ran my first half marathon. That unsatisfied feeling creeped up on me again after that race, because I wanted to do better. I wanted to run faster. From there, I guess that’s when I felt like I became a runner.

Here I am, 10 years later, slated to run my first marathon on May 29th. I said I’d never run one. But I also used to say I’d never be able to run. I’ve learned to “never say never”.

Do you have any tips to share for a first time marathoner? How did you get into running?


It’s Our 4th Wedding Anniversary!

It’s super hard to believe that Ryan and I got married 4 years ago. Time, as usual, has gone by way too fast.

Life has been so much fun being married to my best friend. We are beyond fortunate to have Odin in our lives. We’ve accomplished so much in 4 years (8 years together) and I can’t wait to see what the future hold for our little family 🙂


It’s Friday, I’m in Love!

It’s a Friday in the summer time – you can’t ask for much more than that!

This is one of the few weekends that we get to spend around our house, which is a nice change of pace for us. Here are some of my weekend reads:


There’s a bit of a contrast between the two, but for those of you who know me, this book combo makes total sense 🙂 We will also be watching the World Cup finals over the weekend –

Happy Friday everyone!

A Recap of Odin’s Recent Adventures

During my absence from blogging, a lot has gone on around here. I returned to work after having a year off at home. We celebrated Odin’s second Christmas, my 27th birthday, Ryan’s 30th birthday, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Being the sports loving family that we are, we also celebrated the World Juniors, the Superbowl, the Olympics, the Stanley Cup Finals and most recently, the start of the World Cup. If our family had a theme song, it would probably be this:

In early April, we ventured down to sunny San Francisco after enduring an unusually long Ottawa winter. We went to SF because I was attending a conference. We made the most of our trip and took Odin to the aquarium, the SF Zoo, the wharf, AT&T Park and a long list of other SF favourites. My Starbucks city mug collection grew a little more on this trip too. This trip served as Odin’s first place ride – which went surprisingly well. As for me, one of the most amazing parts of the trip was the opportunity to be in the same room, three rows away, from Hillary Rodham Clinton. She was giving the keynote address at the conference I attended and it was the first time where she hinted at considering a presidential run in the upcoming US federal election.




At the end of May we took Odin on his second camping trip to celebrate Ryan’s 30th birthday. Odin loved every second of it. From helping set up the tent to splashing in the cold water of Lake Ontario, Odin fully embraced the camping experience. Surprisingly (and thankfully) Odin does quite well in the great outdoors. I was worried that the noises in the night would keep him awake and that he wouldn’t be able to get settled in his temporary surroundings. I really had nothing to worry about – he was a pro!

We spend a lot of time in Picton and at the Sandbanks, so hopefully we will find some time to make it back up there before summer ends. You know, on one of those spare summer weekends. We really need more of those…

Where in the World Have We Been?!

Good question. It’s been a really long time since I posted on this blog. I could give a million excuses as to why, but instead, I’m re-committing myself to this blog. A lot of other moms that I know have been blogging regularly, and after reading their wonderful stories, I’m left sitting here wanting to share my stories. Perhaps my spark for blogging has been reignited. Maybe I just have more to say. Either way, expect to hear a lot more from our little family. We have lots to share 🙂

Photo Credit and Copyright: Sara Jane Photography

Photo Credit and Copyright: Sara Jane Photography

In the meantime, please visit a fellow mama’s blog post on body image post-baby. Kim and I grew up in the same area and went to the same schools. She took this picture as part of a beautify body project and shares her reason for doing so – which is extremely inspiring, especially for her two little girls!

Welcome to Growing Up Khan!

I’ve been tossing around the idea of starting my own blog for awhile. When I was pregnant with my son, I wanted to start blogging about my pregnancy, but I never followed through with it. Now, my son is almost 11 months old and time is going by way too fast. I want to start documenting the things we do as a family, what our son’s favourite things are, and other fun stuff that happens as our little guy grows up. 

I hope you will join us on our adventure 🙂