The 2018 CFJC-TV Boogie The Bridge will take place on April 29 as runners meet in Riverside Park 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.
Moneca Jantzen, Evan Choy and Tim Shoults are running and writing for the 2018 Boogie
RunClub and Boogie founder
People say time heals.
I suppose on some level that is true, but for this runner, those big losses in my life have changed me deep inside and made me a different person.
Something has been altered and, as with any change, this transformation has me experiencing life in a different way.
On Boogie day, many runners (and walkers) may be running in memory of someone they love.
I know every Boogie for me is about my dear dad.
I think about him (Jimmy) every day — especially, and unsurprisingly, on Boogie day.
Boogie was special to my dad. He never missed a Boogie warm-up. He always got there early and made sure he was right in the middle of the crowd. I can still see his burgundy jacket and big smile as he raised his arms in rhythm with the music and smiled at me as bright a smile as one could ever imagine.
To this day (10 years since he has passed), one constant has remained, even if I wasn’t conscious of it at first.
Boogie is, on many levels, in memory of my Dad. It’s an energy that in many ways is my dad’s spirit. Boogie is about life’s choices that he’d agree were wise, about accomplishing things worth accomplishing.
Be kind, loving, warm, thoughtful, hardworking and all of the other things that I know he was.
I miss my dad, but he will be with us on Boogie day, dancing in the middle of the crowd. I will see and feel him, just as I do every year.
To those running in memory of someone special, I wish you a beautiful Boogie day full of love and I am proud that with each footstep, your loved one is there at Boogie with you (and with my dear dad, Jimmy).
KTW graphic designer
Time is 9:30 a.m.: This is a test.
It’s early in the day and I’m already debating whether or not I’m going to go to RunClub tonight.
It’s cold and rainy. I’m overtired. I am feeling a bit melancholy. I have extra work hanging over my head. I have to get my taxes done. It’s Monday. Ugh.
Time is 10:30 a.m.: I am hoping it will stop raining and turn into a nice day. Perhaps my mood will change for the better as the day progresses. The back and forth continues in my mind.
It is said the hardest part of RunClub is getting there. I am not sure why there is ever a debate and yet there it is. Not every time, but often enough.
Time is noon: I will go tonight. I want to observe if and how attending the group session changes my disposition in some qualitative way.
Time is 3 p.m.: My mood has improved a little bit just from being at work, going about my day and being around other people. I’m committed to going tonight, but the impulse to bail is still strong. It is so annoying. How do I forever silence my inner slug?
Time is 5:30 p.m.: Changed my clothes. In the car. Going. Laughing to myself because I know I’m going to feel better an hour from now. Who am I kidding? Why do I even have to have this debate? Movement is change, after all. I know this!
Manager of customer service, TD Canada Trust
This week’s training tested my limits.
On Sunday, I conquered my first 10-kilometre run.
As presentations, exams and work comprised my life for the past two weeks, I ensured I made it to Sunday’s RunClub training session.
It was first session in which I didn’t feel motivated to attend.
It was a rainy, gloomy Sunday when my alarm went off. All I wanted to do was hit the snooze button and stay in bed all day. I used all my energy and power to attend so I wouldn’t let my fellow RunClub mates down.
Once I arrived, I could feel everyone’s low energy and fatigue. We weren’t the normal excited and loud group we always are. I didn’t want that to affect my training, so at that moment I switched gears to a positive mindset.
My running mates and I pushed the hardest so far since we joined RunClub. As I focused on my strides and deep breaths, I felt much better being out running in the rain and fresh air.
But for the two days after the 10-kilometre run, I sure paid the price as my hip flexors and hamstrings were extremely sore.
That’s when I heard Jo’s voice in my head saying, “Listen to your body.”
Operations manager, Aberdeen Publishing
I didn’t expect I would have to write two “Why the dog ate my homework” entries in this Boogie training diary, but here we are.
Our particular family circumstances are such that when either my wife or I are away, the other has to be home with the kids. My wife spent the last week in Maui on a well-deserved respite trip with a good friend, meaning I was housebound for both RunClub dates this past week.
As excuses go, I think it’s a pretty good one, right? Thankfully, there are other opportunities for me to catch up on my training, including ways that happen to coincide with work.
My daughter has recently taken on a new paper route with Kamloops This Week that clocks in at about three kilometres of walking. That route, taken at a brisk pace, served as my antidote to immobility this past week.
The other thing that will be a useful pre-Boogie warm-up/catchup for missed playwork will be the Chris Rose Walk for Autism on Saturday, April 28, at McArthur Island. Come on down and support our amazing centre for autism and get your pre-Boogie warmup in at the same time.
One last thing: congratulations to my fellow diarist and all-around amazing guy Evan Choy, who I learned has been named valedictorian for his graduating class at TRU’s School of Business.
Way to go, Evan!