Do You Have the Courage to Start?

Posted on in Health + Lifestyle, Sports + Training by Corrine Casanova

“The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
?    John Bingham,    No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running

Hello. My name is Corrine. I’m excited to be part of the Nature’s Bakery community with other like-minded active and health conscious people. I love that John Bingham quote. I can't tell you how many people have been inspired by that quote. It's a motto that I live by each and every day.


A little about me: I’m a 49-year-old (soon to be 50) active female and amateur runner. I’ve lived my entire life in Minnesota until I made a courageous move to Reno/Lake Tahoe for a “dream job” as an editor in 2010. While my “dream job” turned out to be a disaster, living in the high desert in close proximity to the mountains turned out to be the real dream that I was yearning for. Besides my love for running, I’ve learned how to hike, ski, and do CrossFit here in Reno. During each of these activities I've had the courage to start and as a result have built friendships that are rock solid. All of these physical activities are super challenging for me and I often finish last. You see, I'm not a natural athlete and I didn't have the courage to start until I was in my 40's. But that doesn't stop me. I push myself because I’m truly inspired about what happens when I face and overcome my obstacles and the endurance I now have as a result. I'm not afraid to laugh at myself in the process. The glass is always half full for me.


Just run

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”
?    John Bingham

I am a runner. I completed my tenth marathon at the  in Sacramento (26.2 miles) in December 2012. My eleventh marathon is the Napa Valley Marathon Each time I run a  race no matter what distance it is, I set and attempt to achieve a new personal goal. I’ve learned that age is just a number. You can get faster as you get older, but only if you stick with it and commit yourself to training...even when you don’t feel like it, especially if you don’t feel like it!

I’m not in it for the glory. I know that I will never win a race or even come close, but what I can do is move up in my age group. I'm actually excited about turning 50 so I'll be in a new age group!

704673_10151173779084094_1065588487_oIt’s the journey of self-improvement that I enjoy most. Sacrifices are many, but the rewards such as friendship, camaraderie, and endurance are the real prizes. And these rewards are there for the taking whether you win the race or come in dead last.

Follow me once a month on my blog – I’ll be offering perspective on my fitness journey, how to keep motivated when you get stuck, and insight from someone that is not about the win, but about the appreciation of the experience, the little lessons learned and rewards earned along the way.



Corrine Casanova

Corrine has lived in Minnesota all her life, but moved to Nevada in 2010. She is an amateur runner who began running at the age of 42. She is now preparing for her 14th marathon.

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