Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter?

I want to feature people like Denise who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what we have achieved; we often need others to point out to us how we excel. People display “greatness” by their attitude, their lifestyle, their choices, their actions… I want to recognize the people in my life who lead by example.

How did I meet Denise?

I’ve met Denise at a Yoga class at Om Town Yoga. We soon discovered that we both taught Bootcamp and loved fitness. I’ve been following Denise on social media and I am inspired by all the running she does. She doesn’t let anything stop her and she wants to make a difference in people’s life. She teaches running clinics and helps people with all the knowledge and experience she has.

What motivates you to exercise?

I exercise for health, and because it just feels good.  If I can get outside and run or jump or ski or snowshoe or swim or whatever with friends, it is so much fun.  Sure it is exercise, but it also feels like play.  I like to play outside! I know people who get to my age, 60, or are even younger and think that they are too old to exercise or to get into better shape, but there is never a “too old” age or a “too out of shape” to do that! 

What activity/workout do you prefer?

I love to run.  I especially love to run on trails in the woods with friends.  The soft trails, the roots, the rocks, the ups, the downs; they are all challenging and makes me feel so alive. Even if I’ve run the same trail, over and over again, I still see beauty in every vista, just as I did the first time I ran it. 

Um, can I have a second favorite?  I love running on the track.  I love running fast for short distances, i.e. sprinting.  I recently joined a track club and oh my goodness, I found my people! 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

To still be running and being competitive at 60+ and to keep inspiring others to do the same. 

What is your superpower?

I can run trails, road, track and cross country.  I can pretty much run anywhere, on any surface and any distance… no, wait, I have never and will never run a marathon or anything longer!  Maybe with all these different types of running, you might think that I have an inability to make up my mind about which event I should specialize, but if I can do them all and still have fun, why shouldn’t I?  I’m just going to keep doing them all as long as I can! 

What is your favorite dish/recipe?

I love fresh locally caught, wild BC salmon (Coho, Sockeye or Spring).  I like it cooked on a BBQ or under the oven broiler with a simple marinade of olive oil and soy sauce.  Salmon is so delicious and nutritious. 

What is your cheat treat?

Some might think I love Nanaimo Bars because of my Nanaimo Bar Trail Run and sure I do, but my real downfall is bread. I love it in every format, with eggs, with cheese, with butter, with honey, etc.  Oh, wait, I mustn’t forget Cheezies and rosé wine. Yes, even athletes must indulge once in a while!

What are your goals and dreams?

I want to take people running in wonderful places all over the world.  I want to travel, to run, to tour, to eat, to drink and to share. Oh and to keep running as long as I can!

Advice for a newbie?

Just pick a sport and give it a try.  If you don’t like it, try another one.  Keep moving. Don’t think that just because you age, you have to give up! And don’t let anyone talk you out of what you really want to do! 

If you want to run, join a “learn to run clinic” at a running store or download a “learn to run program” (e.g. Sun Fun Run) and do it with a friend (that’s how I did it… best thing that ever happened to me!) and keep on running!  If you think you are too old to run, partner with someone younger: they will keep you young and you will inspire them – it works both ways! 

Denise Bonin 

GottaRun.ca