who runs the world?

on sunday, may 24, i’ve having the ultimate girls day….multiplied by, like, 1,000.

i’ll be taking part in the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women. and am very honoured and excited to be sharing this experience with Angela and Kaella.

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this race is extra special to me because all proceeds from the run go to support Women’s Mental Health programs – as women are three times more likely than men to suffer from depression.

this is a stat i know too well as mental health is a cause near and dear to my heart and my mind. you can read some of my past mental health posts here and here.

for both my mental and physical health, exercise has always played a role in my life, and much more so now, mainly because numerous studies have shown that aerobic exercise that raises your heart rate for at least 25 minutes can have the same effect on your brain chemistry as antidepressant drugs (which i don’t want to take) and structured talk therapy (which i love). it is also great for reducing anxiety and stress.

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i haven’t bought new runners in about three years, and the hole in the top of my old ones was the real tipping point to get some new shoes. the people at running room are so super helpful, and the cutest nicest gent helped me slip into these hot pink and purple Brooks ravenna 6‘s. (side note: they also match the race colours. coordination coincidence at it’s finest)

i’ll be shuffling along the 5k, while Ange and Kaella will be busting out the 10k option as part of their marathon training. there is also a 5k/10k walk option as well as a 1k race for girls under 12 – so cute! – there really is something for every lady of any ability.

i’m not much of a runner, and since i broke my leg a few years back, my reconstructed ankle likes to call the shots – she’s a fickle b! – but i’m giving it a good try.

unnamed-1i guess you could say my training is going pretty great.

(on that note, you should follow me on snapchat: laurabridgman. lately it’s been a lot of weird workout pants and selfies….but also, ice cream.)

as long as i cross the finish line i’ve had a successful race in my books, no matter the time or how i get there.

if you think a boost of endorphins could be what you need, why not join us on sunday? not in calgary? here’s a list of other canadian cities where you can sign up for the Shoppers Drug Mart Run For Women to help support women’s mental health programs.


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