Ottawa resident Caleb Lewis was Alive to Strive’s race ambassador in 2012. We recently caught up with Caleb to see what is keeping him busy these days!
Back in 2012, Caleb was not moving very much because he was doing home dialysis, a treatment that requires long hours attached to a machine. With the encouragement of Dr. Deb Zimmerman, he applied for and received a fitness grant from Alive to Strive for a membership at a local gym.
Being named the race ambassador that same year gave Caleb a boost of encouragement to reach and maintain his fitness goals. On race day, Caleb remembers the support of everyone behind him. “Race day was awesome. Alive to Strive put so much behind me, Marie-Eve Chainey and everyone at the organization. My family and friends believed in me and stood behind me,” Caleb says. He remembers how his two nieces met him near the finish line and ran with him to the end.
Nearly three years later, Caleb continues to stay active and get outdoors as much as possible. He often hits the nearby slopes to go snowboarding, and hikes with his girlfriend in the Gatineau hills. At work, he’s on his feet most of the time so he keeps moving throughout the work day. A Nike wristband helps him to keep track of his energy output every day.
Caleb recently learned he was awarded a second grant from Alive to Strive. In a few weeks, he is looking forward to beginning a TRX class at a local gym, which will challenge his strength and muscular fitness!
Caleb reflects on how that initial fitness grant gave him the push he needed to include physical activity in his daily life. He knows firsthand that it isn’t easy at the beginning, that it is hard work. “Start slow and work your way up. You won’t get there overnight but work hard and it is worth the pain. Once you reach your goal, it is smooth sailing from there.”
The 2015 Alive to Strive Race is being held on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility/Hog’s Back Park in Ottawa, Ont., Canada. Visit www.alivetostrive.ca to register or to find out more.