Simone Gunn, 40; Kaministiquia, Ont.
What I did: Dirty Girls 5K Mud Run
The cause: Canadian Cancer Society
What I raised: $500
I trained for this run to meet my goal of being in the best shape of my life by my 40th birthday. My husband and I both have strong, inspirational women in our family who are breast cancer survivors, so this was a huge motivation to give this day 110 percent.
The August event was a slog through almost six kilometres of muddy swampland in Murillo, Ont., which is near Thunder Bay, and included 10 obstacles. One was a waterslide that ended in a muddy pool; another was a huge tire wall. There was the option to bypass any obstacle, but I was determined to finish them all, and I did.
My team of five included my oldest childhood friend; this is the second time we’ve done it. We all had different fitness levels, so for us it was about camaraderie, working as a team, knowing we were contributing to a great cause-and having a blast! We raised $1,100 as a team, mostly through social media and the support of family, friends and professional connections.
To train for the event, I exercised five days a week, mainly by running, and doing workout DVDs at home (I love P90X, Jillian Michaels and the Insanity Workout by Shaun T). I eliminated refined sugar and carbs from my diet, and replaced them with fruit, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats from olive oil, avocados and nuts.
I definitely achieved my goal of being in my best shape ever, and I am very proud of my determination and dedication. I am strong, fit and, most importantly, I am healthy. It feels great!