May 27, 2018
Team NATEFIT (clients, friends, family) had a great day at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon while engaged in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, we raised just over $4,600 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The weather was beautiful and we had some time and distance personal records. I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out and running for a great cause.
On Sunday I completed the most difficult physical challenge I’ve faced, running my first marathon. A marathon has been on my bucket list for a long time, unsure of when I’d ever check it off. Up until March of last year, I’d never run more than 5km… I was a “bodybuilder”, a “power athlete”, I was not runner. Distance running did not come naturally to me, I felt like I was swimming upstream every run. I was uncoordinated, heavy on my feet and my body ached after every run. Being as stubborn as I am, I committed to running until I found enjoyment in it.
Being surrounded by a community of people that run ultra marathons, I played with the idea of training for a marathon, not thinking I could actually complete it. In January I wrote it down as a gaol to complete by the end of 2018. After talking with @solosportsystems – one of the top running coaches on the planet – I was persuaded into training for my first marathon. I committed to completing it by the end of May, so I signed up for the Calgary Marathon. This gave me exactly 4 months to go from being able to run 10km to running 42.2km. Charles gave me a training program and my running journey began. As I got further into my training, every weekend became the longest run I had ever done, which came with 3-4 days of soreness. As I continued to run I became mentally strong, pushing through pain and discomfort every week. I was surrounded by an incredibly supportive community at my gym Ascension Fitness, which allowed me to continually push my limits
May 27th came fast. I didn’t feel ready to run a marathon, the furthest I had run is 33km in my training. I was determined, I was going to crossed that finish line, even if I had to crawl across it.
Thanks to my coach, I had a plan for the run and I stuck to it. By 36km, my body began to give out. I was in agonizing pain but I couldn’t stop, I had trained too hard to stop. I crossed the finish line with a time of 3:41:00, collapsing from exhaustion. I pushed past what I thought were my limits and I couldn’t be happier with the result.
This would not have been possible without coaching from the legend himself, Charles Miron and the support from family and friends @ Calgary, Alberta
Thank you again for your continued support!
Nathaniel Ernst, B.Sc.
Elite Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach