Charles Hogg will take on the marathon at this year’s Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon.

Runners set marathon pace

Charles Hogg and Liz Carr take up the challenge of next weekend’s Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon

The reasons behind running a marathon for the first time are life-changing for many people.

For others, the reason is actually pretty simple.

Charles Hogg, 37, works in the library inside the iconic B.C. legislature. He started running to lose weight in his mid 30s, when his small frame began to register closer and closer to 200 lbs. on the scale.

He didn’t want to hit that second century mark and has since kept off the 40 lbs. he lost from running and diet changes.

On Oct. 13, Hogg will be one of many first time runners at the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, which happens to start and end in front of his place of work.

“I’m about 164 to 166 lbs. now, though it depends how much beer I have watching Sunday football,” he laughs.

Hogg always believed he was active. He took up ice hockey as an adult, before the demands of a young family put an end to that.

“I was putting on weight because the sports I was doing back in high school were done. As an adult, you don’t go out on the weekend with the guys and wrestle. It’s just not one of those sports,” he said.

There’s just one tiny glitch. Hogg’s training, in the final month before the marathon, has been hindered by a twisted ankle.

“I was running at night a few weeks ago and I looked back to see where my running partners were behind me. I caught the edge of the road with my foot.”

Confined to the elliptical machine since then, Hogg was hoping to be back on the road this week.

“I’m still going to go for it. I’ve done a lot of training. My biggest run was 36 kilometres before I hurt my ankle so I was getting close,” he says. “We’ll just see how it goes.”

Whether Hogg completes his first marathon or not, the decision to start running (his first conquer was the TC 10K with a work team) has already changed his life.

It’s changed the life of Liz Carr, too, but only after multiple sclerosis changed it first.

When the 34-year-old was diagnosed in 2011 the MS Society told her to get into sports.

“My first run with my running group was five kilometres. I almost quit, I really did, I was so winded. But I didn’t.”

Carr had run before, but only short distances as part of a workout. When she learned she had MS – in the same way many people do, by going blind in one eye – she was floored.

“I lost sight, lost a lot of strength on one side, and I lost all my confidence. I had to build it up from the bottom.”

Carr, who’s the general manager of Kelsey’s restaurant in Saanich, is happy to make this her fourth half-marathon. Thanks to running and a renewed perspective on life she says she feels better than ever before.

“Last year was my first half-marathon, it was an amazing experience. The full marathon, I might do it one day. It’s a lot more training. Hey, I went from not being able to run down the street to doing a half. For now, I’m happy with the half.”

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria sheriffs, local business deliver food to those struggling with mental health

More than $900 worth of groceries were delivered to members of the Connections Place Society

Swan Lake south wharf demolition complete, area remains off-limits

Sanctuary staff working to ‘re-naturalize’ the south end of the lake

New #yyjegghunt2020 joins the ranks of fun, social distancing activities in Greater Victoria

With hearts and lights illuminating windows and doorways across Greater Victoria as… Continue reading

COVID-19: Victoria hopes to provide financial relief through property taxes, utility bills

A number of city projects could be deferred in light of pandemic

Mental Health: Planning for a crisis

Crisis planning lays out a blueprint in case hard times hit

Thieves steal $5,000 worth of cigarettes and candy from semi trailer in Nanaimo

Culprits hit truckload in shipping company storage yard on Old Victoria Road on Monday

B.C. secures motel, hotel rooms for COVID-19 shelter space

Community centres, rooms reserved for pandemic self-isolation

Sanders drops 2020 bid, leaving Biden as likely nominee

Sanders plans to talk to his supporters later Wednesday

B.C. faith leaders, Horgan discuss need for virtual religious ceremonies

Leaders were open to providing other ways to celebrate during the pandemic

Emergency COVID-19 funding now available for children with special needs

Funding to be used to help support families through uncertain times of pandemic

Revenue dip needed to qualify for wage subsidy drops to 15% in March: Trudeau

Wage subsidy would over 75% of each employee’s salary for qualifying businesses

B.C. closes all provincial parks for COVID-19 protection

Easter weekend approaches, camping already closed

Most Read