Cori Nicholls, a 35-year-old Canadian mother to 3-year-old identical twin girls, is training for the Goofy Challenge at Walt Disney World with Team in Training. Her fundraising will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Cori, who lives in Langdon, Alberta (about 20 miles east of Calgary), started running after learning a friend was diagnosed with Lymphoma. "Anna’s diagnosis inspired me to start running, but I found I loved the sport and especially loved racing. Through Team in Training, I met some of the best friends I have ever had--and through through their connections to blood cancers, I have turned what was once an idea to flit through my head into my mission to make a difference."
Best recent run: This would have to be the first run after I changed to an entirely different shoe earlier this month. I don’t know if it was the electric blue with the neon laces, but I’d like to think that gave me a little extra pep to my step. I headed out the door, intent on taking them for an easy 3K—they are much more minimalist than my usual Asics—but at 1K – the IT Band tightness I had been feeling just seemed to float away from my leg and at 1.5K I was NOT ready to turn back. So, I kept going—floating, flying and loving every minute. It was amazing. In fact, while I say it was my best recent run, it might have been one of my all-time best runs. And it was only 5K!
Inspired to run: I was never a runner until my friend ended up with Lymphoma. The first thought to pass through my head was, “I need to find a run for lymphoma and do it!” When I told my husband, he looked at me and said “But you’re not a runner,” to which I responded: “I guess I’m going to become one!” Soon, I was following Couch to 5K and signed up to run Nike Women’s Half Marathon with Team in Training.
Running & raising $: I truly believe that an idea can be a fundraiser. You don’t need to over think it--just put it into motion and see how it goes. Even if you only raise $20, it is $20 more than you had before. That is how I came up with the idea for my Virtual Half Goofy Challenge as a fundraiser. I was brushing my teeth one night and the idea came to me. When it comes to fundraising, you have nothing to lose and your cause has everything to gain.
Book-lovin’ runner: Reading is a huge part of my life. It makes me so proud that my daughters are already becoming obsessed with books. When Run Like a Mother came out, it was such perfect timing as I was a new runner and a new mother, and I really needed to know I wasn’t alone. I actually buy it for friends the moment they tell me they are expecting. Other running books I adore: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (just all-around inspiring) and The Non-Runners Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais (so freaking funny!)
Healthy shoe obsession: With a size 11 foot, shoes can be hard to come by for me. I started in Nikes, moved on to Asics and have now discovered the beautiful Saucony Kinvaras and, quite possibly, my holy grail when it comes to running shoes. I never intended to buy so many, but I fell in love with the first pair, then I found a second pair for $50 on clearance. The third, well with that gorgeous teal, how could I resist? As for my three pairs in September, well, I’ve finally justified it: one pair to leave at work, one pair for long runs and one pair for those weekends I have two long runs.
2013: Focus on family. Right now, I am focused on finishing Goofy injury-free and with a smile on my face. Any races I have planned for the rest of the year are just for fun and are going to be slow training runs. In 2013, however, I am going to be focusing more on having fun and bringing my kids more into the running with me. They love to run and always want to run with me, so I’ll be entering them in kid’s races and doing more family fun runs. Making sure they grow up with great attitudes toward their health is my number one priority as a mom. That and making sure they have fun while we do it!
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