Race Challenge: Success

July 20, 2009

One year ago I ran because of depression. Because I was hurting.

This year I ran because I wanted to challenge my mind and body. Because I discovered that sometimes, I really love running.



On Saturday I completed my Run A Race This Summer Challenge: a 6.5k trail run.

Time: 34:23



I placed 45th out of 101 runners, 9th out of 36 in my age category. My friend Richard placed 28th overall! It was invigorating and fun and hard. Running on a muddy, hilly trail is so much different than running on flat city pavement.

Yesterday I decided to begin the two hundred squats challenge as a celebration of having completed my Run A Race challenge. I did the initial test to see how many squats I can perform consecutively with good form (using a mirror and everything to ensure I wasn’t getting sloppy), and I did 210. Beginning and completing a challenge in one day has to be some kind of record for me! All in all, it was a pretty good weekend for fitness.

You. Can. Run.


  1. WOW! You did *amazingly well*!!!! Congrats! And you’re gorgeous, by the way!

  2. Great job! You are fast! LOL about starting and completing a challenge within the same day. I’m curious as to what your next challenge would be.

  3. Sagan – you ROCK!

    This is completely awesome – what a great time you had, you should be very proud of yourself and what you accomplished…

    …followed by 210 squats! WOW!!

    Fitness superhero…that’s you!


    Not on the running so much as the amazing change in the reason WHY you are choosing to run.
    what a difference a year (and a lot of work) makes huh?

    now about those squats–what is this challenge of which you speak? πŸ™‚

    I need to check that out…

  5. Great job on the run, girl! You look beautiful and the post-race pic makes it look like the race was a cake walk for the two of you.

    Squat challenge…didn’t know about that one. I may try it out. It has to be better than the push-up challenge.

  6. Well done! You did great!

    One day I will run too!

  7. CONGRATS!!! and heck yeah, 210 squats–way to bust that challenge πŸ˜‰

  8. Whooo hooooo!!! Way to go grrrrl! πŸ™‚


  10. Well yeah!! Way to go, Sagan!!

  11. Sounds like you had a fab weekend! That’s so funny about starting and completing a challenge in one day! LOL!

  12. Great job! WooHoo!

  13. Congratulations! And great time!

  14. WTG! Looks like you had a great race! And I’m impressed that your hair looks exactly the same post-race as pre!

  15. Annabel- you’re a sweetheart πŸ™‚

    Mia- today is day 81 of the burpee challenge… only 19 left! Need another fitness challenge for sure.

    Lance & Crystal- Squats are SO MUCH EASIER than push ups. I think my arms still ache from the push up challenge last summer, hehe.

    MizFit- so much changes in a year.

    Hanlie- yeah! Running can be fun.

    ttfn300 & Just_Kelly- heart the challenges.

    RickiRae, VeggieGirl, Dr. J, Lori & Matt- thanks tons!

    Charlotte- heh, I hadn’t noticed that. Must be the sweat plastering it down? πŸ˜€

  16. You’re so awesome! Kudos on meeting your challenge!

    Thanks to your posts on your challenge, I’m *almost* ready to give running another shot (my semi-annual attempt), but I’m going to try it on asphalt & trails this time. Maybe that won’t bother my knees so much. (They’re not liking the 200 squat thing right now.*G*)

  17. Fantastic news, Sagan – well done! And it’s wonderful that you can look back and see how far you’ve come in the last year. It’s also obvious from the photo that you are in great condition – when I get back from a jog my face is the colour of that car in the background.

  18. Congrats! Excellent time, too! I’m glad you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing the next fitness challenge you find!

  19. Woohoo! Congratulations, Sagan, on running and enjoying it!
    And go you – way to meet the squats challenge!

  20. CONGRATS beautiful! And you had such a great time… be proud my dear, I know I’m just elated for you :). Are you planning on keeping up the running?

  21. Yay for you! And you didn’t even mention the greasy (but delicious!) burger & fries your mum and sister scoffed down with the you the night before the race at the Winnipeg Fringe Fest…..that lump of grease sat in everyone’s stomachs all night, but you still managed to put in an awesome performance while looking absolutely adorable! Clearly, you rock.

  22. Congratulations Sagan!!! I’m so proud of you!!
    And finishing that challenge in one day is awesome!

  23. Congratulations! That’s an great job. It’s nice to find a new love too πŸ™‚

  24. Congratulations, Sagan! I hope you’re (rightfully) proud of your accomplishment.

    I’m impressed!

  25. I’m late on offering my congratulations – but congratulations! You did awesome, and you look great both pre-race and post-race!

  26. Cammy- definitely go for the trail running. It’s easier on the knees AND it’s way more fun!

    Liz- hehehe. I powdered my face to hide the redness specifically for this photo (kidding)

    Gena & the Bag Lady- I do love me some quality challenges.

    Danielle- um… well… I MAY have signed up for a 9k. Eek.

    Anony-mum- oh, that’s a post for another day. Check back tomorrow and you’ll hear aaaalllll about the grease πŸ˜‰

    Marta, Spring Girl, Dara & Diane- thanks all!

  27. OMG YAY! I can’t tell you how much this simple post moved me. I got chills reading it because, YES, this is where I am. Running to beat depression, running to challenge my mind and body, running because I *can*.

    Congratulations on the successful challenge!

  28. That’s awesome about the 200 squats–beginning and ending a challenge on the same day. Ha! Pretty good.

    Leigh Ann Otte
    Managing Editor
    My Family Doctor magazine

  29. Congrats on your run! That’s wonderful!

  30. That was a powerful introduction! I’m so glad running have helped you in so many different ways!

  31. Hi, saw you at HangryPants and stopped by…love your story!! I am a passionate runner for sure and it gets me so excited to see others that love it now!

  32. Congrats on a successful race! You should be proud. And way to go on those squats!

  33. Congrats, Sagan! What a huge accomplishment! You have to be incredibly proud of yourself. What an amazing finish time, and you’re just beaming with happiness. And, um, why don’t I look that cute post-run?! LOL.

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