Hi! My name is Nikki and I love to run. I started this blog back in 2008 as a way of keeping myself accountable during the beginning of my running journey. But since then, it has grown to be so much more than just about my journey, it has become a part of my journey.
In 2005 my husband (then boyfriend) and I were involved in a horrific car accident. Our truck struck black ice and rolled off the side of the Coquihalla Highway in the interior of BC. Although I was belted, I suffered catastrophic injuries including a complete fracture of my thoracic spine, herniated discs, dislocated joints, countless broken ribs and collapsed lungs. It was the start of a lengthy recovery that included endless therapy, counselling, time off work, loss of jobs and more challenges and losses than I ever thought I would face in my lifetime. I was told that although I would heal, I would live a life of ongoing pain and likely be limited from most of my usual physical activities.
In 2008 however, I decided I was tired of hearing about all the things I couldn't do, and challenged myself to find something I could do. It was a very lofty goal, but I set out to prove everyone wrong by learning to run and completing my first half marathon. I had no idea if my body could do it and after months of hobbling down the road, increased pain, incredible fatigue and countless nights feeling like I just couldn't do it, I did. On May 4, 2008 I completed the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon.
Completing the training for that half marathon was the most difficult thing I have ever done (next to my recovery, of course) but it planted something in me - a love of running. Although I endured so much pain to get there, I discovered that I felt better when I was in running shape and that I was better able to manage my day-to-day pain when running regularly. Running had saved me in so many ways. I went on to complete 2 more half marathons in 2008 and have continued to run ever since.
I am now 33 years old and a new mom of two wonerful little boys - Marcus and Riley - just 14 mos apart! It seems like I have been pregnant ever since but during my first pregnancy I ran until 34 weeks and for as long as I could during pregnancy #2. Chronicling my running while pregnant was another huge part of this blog.
In the years since 2008 I have gone on to complete countless races of all different distances. I have become a part of the Running Room community and have instructed run clinics with them. I have been featured in Canadian Running Magazine as an inspirational runner. I have found new strength in myself and have found things I can be focused on and proud of beyond just being "that girl who got hurt in the car accident".
In the fall of 2011, after a summer filled with additional surgeries and recovery, I started back to running with the goal of completing my first half marathon since having children. And in February 2012, I did it. I am now on a new journey to get back into shape and start feeling the benefits of being a runner again. Since having children and back-to-back pregnancies, my spinal health and strength has suffered. I look forward to seeing what 2012 will bring.
Thank you for following along!