lifestyle: some like to run
5, 2000, Gazette)
Some of the MUNMED runners (L-R) Geoff Payne, Jim Woodrow,
Kathy Olsen, Natalie Bridges and Shirley Granter Button.
Running is a favourite leisure activity around the Faculty of
Medicine. Some run for fun, others take it quite seriously and
train for marathons and other competitions such as the Ironman
which involve gruelling hours of swimming, biking and running.
Dr. Penny Moody-Corbett, the facultys assistant dean for
research and graduate studies, is an avid runner and she enjoys
the fact that others working around her enjoy it too. So for
fun, she posted some notices around the building inviting MUNMED
runners to show up for a group photo one morning. About 40 people
came, and everyone knew of others who ran too, but just couldnt
make it to the photo for various reasons.
Natalie Bridges is a first-year
medical student who runs five to 10 kilometres a day to keep
in shape. Soccer is her primary passion and running is a way
to keep fit for that sport. Fellow first-year student Kathy Olsen
also runs that distance at least five to six days a week. I
used to run track in high school and now I find its a good
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A group of the many MUNMED runners.
Ed Evelly, the manager of the Medical School Laboratories, is
famous around the building for his award-winning triathlete activities.
A typical day for him might involve starting off with a 2,500
metre swim, a lunch-hour run or some weight training, and biking
or running in the evening. He got into this physical regime when
his father died 25 years ago of a heart attack at the age of
58. Hes a strong believer in the value of fitness and is
pleased that to have low blood pressure and a very low resting
Running and/or triathlons are an important part of the
life of many health care professionals and students its
good to see so many interested, he said.
But although Mr. Evelly enjoys the competitive aspect of fitness
activities, he is quick to point out that not everyone has to
take this to the extreme as he does on occasion.
You dont have to be competitive. A walk around the
trails would suffice to make many fitter than they are.
Shirley Granter Button, a research assistant, started running
a few years ago and finds its a great way to keep in shape.
Shes participated in a few 10 kilometre runs and a few
Jim Woodrow, a psychologist with the St. Johns Health Care
Corporation, started out to improve his fitness level in 1997
and joined in with a group of runners at the Y. Later that
year I did my first marathon and I havent stopped since.
I run almost every day and recently did my sixth marathon in
Geoff Payne, a doctoral student in medicine, is quite serious
about his running, and in 1999 participated in an Ironman competition
in British Columbia. Just to complete it is a good feat,
Dr. Moody-Corbett says running is only one method of having a
healthy lifestyle and other activities such a walking, cycling,
aerobic and swimming are beneficial. But she particularly enjoys
running, especially when the weather is nice.
I like taking the time to be alone and sort though issues
that come up during the day or week. A long run really has a
way of covering a lot of mental and physical space.