Every other Tuesday, Svveat Stories brings you Svveatspiration: an inspiring series of first-person narratives from our fitness community’s unsung heroes. This week, Moe Genore of Adidas Runners Toronto proves you don’t need to be a natural-born athlete to crush some major goals.

Two years ago I started doing something that, while completely normal for some, was very difficult and daunting for me: I began working out. Growing up, I wasn’t particularly athletic. I dabbled in sports here and there, but nothing ever stuck. Let’s just say my minimal natural ability coupled with my lack of confidence wasn’t very conducive to being an athlete.

Moe Genore with Adidas Runners Toronto #1In the spring of 2015, with the stress of suddenly losing my job and starting another one in a brand new industry, I realized I needed to find a way to prioritize my health. After doing a little bit of research, I discovered and began attending various free workout classes around Toronto, and it wasn’t long before I was hooked. Despite the struggle I often felt during a HIIT or yoga class, I absolutely loved the way I felt after a good sweat session.

It was during that first foray into working out that the idea of running piqued my interest. Many of the people I was meeting at these workouts around the city couldn’t stop talking about the upcoming 15-kilometre race they were training for. After a few weeks of insisting there was no way I could run that far, one morning I woke up with a different mindset and took the plunge—I registered for it.

I’ll be honest: signing up for a 15-kilometre  race with only two weeks to train (and with zilch running experience) is not the best idea, and I definitely don’t recommend it. You’re much better off giving yourself plenty of time to train and starting with a more manageable goal, like 5 kilometres. In my case, however, I did manage to (very slowly) complete the race. It was a struggle from start to finish, but the way I felt crossing that finish line is something I’ll never forget.

In a lot of ways, my fitness journey really didn’t start until I finished that race—and what a journey it’s been.

After that first race, I surprised myself when all I could think about was becoming a stronger runner. And what better way to do that than to set a goal? So I signed up to run a half-marathon in the fall of 2015.

I found a run club to train with, and that was a game changer for me. The group setting made running not only tolerable, but also a lot of fun. My first long run ever—16 kilometres with a group of five other girls—is to this day one of my favourite runs.

I’m happy to report that my first half-marathon was an amazing experience, and I enjoyed (almost) every minute of it. And that amazing feeling of crossing the finish line? I felt that again, too!

Moe Genore with Adidas Runners Toronto #2

Since that day, running has became an even more important part of my life. I’ve run three more half-marathons, and I have plans to run at least two more this year. I’ve also been lucky enough to become a run leader with the Adidas Runners Toronto, which has been nothing short of incredible. At every run I’m surrounded by talented and inspiring runners, which has been the best motivation anyone could ask for. Learning from others has made a huge difference in my own running, and I love being able to share my story and passion with new runners.

If you’re in the Toronto area, come out and run with us. I’ll run with you if you want, and as just about everyone I know can attest, I don’t mind talking the entire time to distract you. 🙂

Author: Moe Genore (@moegenore on Twitter and Instagram).

Check out the Adidas Runners Toronto page on Svveat for the club’s social links and upcoming workouts.

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