Weekdays from 2-6pm PST I host the Afternoon Drive show on Today’s Best Music, 107.3 KOOL FM from Victoria, BC. KOOL plays the biggest songs in Top 40, like Taylor Swift, Adele and Justin Bieber (and the girls go wild!) I sing along to all of them...really poorly.
I also make lots of phone calls to Nonna, my hilarious and super wise 93-year-old Italian grandma. A KOOL listener once asked me if Nonna is real, so I called her to relay the question. Nonna was confused and said, 'Am I real? Well I smile at the bus driver and he smiles back at me, so of course I'm real!' Now you know.
If it's a local event, interesting news story or viral video, I'll have it for you...and of course you're always included in the conversation, so you should give me a call sometime (250-386-1073). I'd love to hear from you!
I met Sally through our training with Frontrunners for the KOOL Oak Bay Half Marathon.
Sally found running as a single mom, and said “I was looking for something for me.” She comes from a family of runners who introduced her to the sport – something she says you can start anytime. “That’s the beauty of running. You can start at 40. You can start at 50. It’s a great thing to do for yourself, for your body.”
And for your mind.
“Running has been almost like an anti-depressant for me. It helps me de-stress; get through the issues that I’m struggling with and I come out the other end a happier person. It gives you perspective.”
Even though having kids and a full-time job gets hectic, Sally commits to a run at least twice a week and says she always feels better afterwards. And when she’s struggling to make the time in her life or to finish that last kilometer, she draws motivation by “knowing and remembering how it feels at the end.”
The other day a friend of mine asked if my 92-year-old Nonna is real. I called her to confirm. Confused by the question, she responded, “Am I real? Of course I’m real! I say hi to the bus driver every day and he says hi to me.” There you go.
Meet Matt Cecill, one of our trainers for the KOOL Oak Bay Half Marathon at Frontrunners Shelbourne, and all-around cool guy; not to mention pretty freaking inspiring.
“I started out as a fairly overweight 20-year old and decided it was time to get into shape so I found running…I was tired of being unhappy with my fitness and running just seemed like the simplest sport for me. It was really easy to just get a pair of shoes and go for it.”
‘Go for it’ he did. After a one-hundred pound weight loss, Matt is now a record-breaking machine. Who has the fastest time on the Juan de Fuca Trail, you ask? Matt! What about the West Coast Trail? Matt! He’s also an ultra-marathon runner and his longest race was 120 miles. That’s almost 200 KM. TWO HUNDRED.
So what keeps him motivated?
“I really like to push myself and see how fit I can get. Running’s a great sport that way; there’s so many people around who are really inspiring. It’s easy to draw motivation from lots of different places, especially in a city like this.”
And if you’re wondering, Taylor Swift’s entire 1989 album is part of his run playlist. He does kind of have that James Dean daydream look in his eye…daydreaming about his next race perhaps.