Love and Wellness

 “Love is everywhere” – I hope you managed a special time with someone you love this past Valentine’s Day weekend, and perhaps you did something “active” before you shared your dark chocolate afterwards! Many a spark has been struck between people in the spirit of wellness – by now you’ve discovered how nice it is to solve the worlds’ problems as you run or walk or ride together with a friend or partner! In fact it’s amazing the subjects you can cover in a 40 min. workout! Love is at the Olympics too – I think I was wishing I were 15 again after I watched our prairie boy snowboarder Mark McMorris overcome a broken rib to win Bronze in the slopestyle event early on in the Games – so humble and gracious – and the comraderie between competitors so evident with their high 5’s after each one completed their run. There was love in the spirit of competition when Denny Morrison won his 1000m Silver and wouldn’t have competed if his teammate Gilmore Junio hadn’t given up his spot for him. What about our skate star Charlie Hamlin’s amazing Olympic Gold in the 1500m short track when we were all waiting for him to find his sweetheart in the stands – Marianne St. Gelais – for the same Happy Hug ‘n Smooch they shared at the Olympic Oval in 2010?  It wouldn’t have mattered where he’d finished in that race!  At the Vancouver Sun Run amidst 50,000+ people there will be those who cross that finish line hand-in-hand, proud to have accomplished their 10K goal and even happier because they were able to share it with one they love.  My own smokin’ drinkin’ fun loving parents fall into that category when never-in-a-million-years would I have thought they’d complete the program and do just that:  take steps toward better health in love and fitness with the Sun Run as their pivotal goal.

So amidst the incredible performances from our Canadian Olympians – look out sports fans – can’t wait for the hockey finals(!) – Stick with your exercise program (if you need help DO let me know…!) – and then afterwards put your feet up, grab that remote and settle in with one you love as you take in all the inspiration from every single effort this last week in Sochi. 


About Lynn Kanuka

Olympian, Coach, StreetStrider, Corporate Challenge Coach, Event Organizer, Deep Water Runner, Motivational Speaker, Nordic Walking Coach.... My days as a serious athlete are long past, but I'll always be a runner. I love its simplicity. I'd love to help you discover how easy running can be: Walk — Jog — Run or Stride. I know you can do it.
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