Damara Nickerson is a Bluenoser from New Germany, NS, who currently works in healthcare, studies full-time at Ryerson University and runs in Toronto, ON.
For the majority of her life, Damara took her health for granted. She did not exercise regularly or belong to a gym. But one day she decided that health promotion and health care were not just measures that she was obligated to provide to her patients, but things that she was obligated to provide to herself. In 2013, Damara decided to make a lifestyle change. She wanted to challenge herself: to strengthen her body and improve her health.
To do this, at age 31, she put on a pair of sneakers and found her stride. She has been running ever since.
Canadian? Check. Affordable? Check. Gives back to the global community? Check.
In 2015, I set my sights on qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
Winter training began and the weather combined with shift-work made for a pretty interesting schedule. It wasn’t easy. There were days I would finish my shift at midnight, change into my thermal gear in the locker room and run 30 km home. Some days I was happy to do so. Some days I absolutely did not want to get out there.
But I did. I had a goal. And to achieve my goal I realized that I had to commit – and not just to the vision of the end result, but to all the little steps to get me there.
And I got there. In May 2015 I ran the Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I finished 3rd place women and I achieved my goal time. My application for the Boston Marathon was successful, and I ran in Boston in April 2016.
“The mountains are callings and I must go.” John Muir
For 2017, I decided to step away from time goals and work on fundamentals. I want to establish a strength exercise routine, strengthen my mental game and increase my physical endurance. My plan is to slowly immerse myself in trail running. I want to be healthy and excited when I cross the start line of my first ultra-marathon this summer. I want to enjoy the experience and cross the finish line with a smile across my face.
Train with your brain, and race your pace. It’s your journey.