2019 Boogie the Bridge: Week 2

The second in a series of weekly submissions by those taking part in the annual Boogie the Bridge fundraiser, which will be held on April 28 in McDonald Park

The 2019 CFJC-TV Boogie The Bridge will take place on April 28 as runners meet in McDonald Park on the North Shore to run or walk various distances. Kamloops This Week is publishing online and in each Friday print edition a column by RunClub and Boogie founder Jo Berry, along with weekly updates from three participants.

Emma Pappalardo, Jaime Ault and Max Patel are running and writing about their experiences training for the 2019 Boogie:

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Jo Berry

RunClub and Boogie founder

There seems to be a common dialogue out there — that larger people shouldn’t run.

Since I have spent many years training people to run, specifically those with larger bodies, I am committed to smashing that notion.

Every day we learn about stereotypes of race, age, etc., yet one thing we often miss is the subtler stereotype around body size.

As a coach, counsellor and personal trainer who works with many plus-size people, I face false assumptions about abundant bodies every day.

Some of these false assumptions are:

• bigger people shouldn’t run;

• running is bad for the joints;

• running is too strenuous;

• running will lead to injuries;

• running may lead to a heart attack.

I’ve really heard it all.

While some of these risks might be true for larger people, they are also true for thinner people.

We shouldn’t warn an entire demographic of the potential hazards of running based on the assumption their bodies can’t cope with the demand. This actually robs millions of people from the incredible highs and enormous health benefits of running just because we’ve grown accustomed to these blanket statements.

Anyone who runs can attest to the fact that corrals at 5Ks, 10Ks and marathon races overflow with diversity in age, ability and size.

Size and athleticism can (and do) coincide.

Running was the catalyst that changed my life and it is why I am so very passionate in convincing everybody who is curious about running to lace up.

Our Abundant Bodies Program starts this Monday at 6 p.m. at the Happyness Centre, 
203-242 Victoria St. downtown.

Come on out and change your life.

Emma Pappalardo

Sound engineer


Training for any event can be difficult regardless of skill or fitness level.

This week, I had a cold that kept me bedridden for three days, which meant I missed two training sessions. It’s easy to look at that and think of it as a setback, as a negative, but it’s not.

Sometimes our bodies are telling us something and we don’t hear it until it’s too late. Or worse, we ignore it. We ignore an ache or push through our exhaustion when what we should be doing is finding out why we ache and why we’re exhausted.

I spent three days sleeping and restoring my body. On Tuesday, I ran for the first time in months as I’ve been training inside during the winter. It was amazing. I felt like a whole new person.

Overtraining is a very real thing, especially when just starting out. I was always told never to run two days in a row, but to walk instead. Time on your feet is how you should measure your success, according to RunClub+. You don’t have to do sprints or hit your peak heart rate to get in a good workout.

Just turn up and be on your feet.

Being active for that 45 minutes or one hour is always better than not turning up at all. If you’re not sure where to start with your Boogie the Bridge training, come see us this Monday at 6 p.m. at the Happyness Centre, 203-242 Victoria St. downtown.

We’d love to train with you.

Jaime Ault


Financial planner
TD Wealth
5K Sweet

They say the hardest part of RunClub is showing up.

In fact, they say it a lot because it’s true.

I’m not going to lie — I really didn’t want to run on Tuesday night. I was tired, it was cold and, if I’m being honest, I was terrified.

I went anyway and I am overjoyed that I did.

Jo, the coaches and the entire Boogie team (I had no idea it takes so many people to organize this event) are all so encouraging, non-judgmental and understanding of all levels of runners.

You feel like you’re not alone and maybe, just maybe, this 5K isn’t impossible.

There were so many people there and Jo acknowledged that everyone is nervous.

Then she told us, “It’s OK. We got you.”

And they did.

We started out slowly, walking for five minutes and running for one minute. There were many pick-ups, no one was left behind and I did it.

The RunClub’s mantra is Movement is Change and I’m starting to believe it. I also think Newton’s first law of motion — an object in motion stays in motion, an object at rest stays at rest — applies here.

I’m still not what I would classify as a runner, but I ran, I met new people, I felt better after doing it and I’m less nervous for next week.

Plus, there were cookies at the end!

Max Patel and Jo Berry

KTW Digitial sale associate
5K Bold

I went to my first RunClub training session on Tuesday.

As it was bright and sunny outside, I was excited to run and was full of energy when I walked into the banquet room at the Sandman Signature Hotel downtown.

Just before the introduction speech, I was talking to some known faces when I came across Wayne Richardson from Runners Sole. He had set up a shoe trial booth and asked me to take off my fancy blue runners and try a different pair.

While I was putting on the new pair, Wayne educated me on the importance of wearing the right shoe according to my foot movement. He also complimented me by giving me the title of “A Schmuck.”

Later, Jo Berry gave a great welcome speech and thanked everyone for coming out. She made sure no one felt nervous and, if anybody did, she was always available to help out.

The motivational words she shared helped me to centre all my energy and focus on creating the right mindset before starting training. The coaches are going to help us train our body, mind and spirit together for running.

We were then separated into different groups, where we went out with our coaches and started training. We ran for almost 45 minutes, with intervals of running for eight minutes and walking for three minutes.

It was a great first session and I’m excited for next week.

Boogie training Week2



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