Expect the Unexpected

For the past 3 years in a row I’ve participated in RUSH: BC Lung Association’s Urban Scavenger Hunt fundraising event that is very much like the Amazing Race, only in 1 day. It has been incredibly worthwhile and I always come home with great stories, bumps and bruises, and an extremely sore body for the next few days. RUSH is an fundraising event to help raise funds and awareness to help individuals who suffer from lung disease. Fundraising in the past has always made me aware of people’s sincere generosity, the impact and severity of the disease and amount of people affected by it, and the sheer excitement of being involved in a fun community event. This year I will not be RUSHing as a race participant but rather I’ll be capturing the event from behind the camera to help deliver a little promotional trailer that will hopefully entice more adventure seeking individuals to come out in future years to participate in a few hours of random madness (and a trip around the world if you finish 1st!!!).

Even though I am not running the course this year, I assure you I will still come home with great stories and be inspired by the people, outrageousness, and the sentiments behind some individuals’ quest to RUSH. See you out there! Best of luck to my dear friend Amy and Mikey, see you at the finish line!

a photo of my partner Reaia and I from last year’s RUSH checkpoint at BC Place where we had to wear these crazy VELCRO suits and make our way through the bouncy obstacle: OW! (the captions for this photo are endless..)
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Let’s Get Physical

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that my relationship with sports and the idea of working out is rather observational, at best. I’ve never been deemed as athletic, sporty, in shape, or anything related to that nature. I’ve been the victim of gym memberships gone unused, expired groupon bootcamp promotions, casual drop in fitness classes, but nothing that has ever made me feel really physically fit. During the fall of 2009 my friend Holly and I decided to do something active as a departure from our desk jobs which had us sitting on our bottoms every day from 8-4. In researching fitness classes and workout options, we happened to land into the world of cardio kickboxing where we met Raz and his kickboxing bootcamp. Holly and I wanted to get a workout that was fun, fast, physical, and would implement a combination of cardio, self defence, and martial arts. Raz and his classes are suited for all levels of athletic ability, and he is a great leader. He works you hard, but is not militantly scary. He gives each individual feedback and support to keep going and feel self assured. His classes are full body workouts that also stimulate your mind and mental well being. I haven’t been back to Raz until this past May and I’m loving the physical workout I’m getting, as well as how sound my mental well being is as a result. Working in the film industry where days stretch to be as long as 18 hours, eating whatever you can get your hands on, and sleeping sporadically will have anyone’s body in a funk. I’m so glad I’ve been able to enjoy this time off and focus on working out and restoring my body and mind.

Check out Raz’s site if you’re interested in a solid workout. He’s a certified MMA Conditioning Coach and a Jiu-Jitsu Champion so don’t mess!

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