A Brand New Ending

2013 – What a year it was for the Dunwaetin Family! Our Big’s left the nest; the Mister retired from the Canadian Army; I left a career that I had once loved; we made the decision to give up a 6 figure income, sold our dream home and decided to pack it in to spend our days in a rented house on a small island on Lake Ontario away from our family and everything that was comfortable for us.


January is usually the time of year when people reflect on their life and make changes but my change for 2013 did not come until 5 months later when I was challenged by a colleague to complete a 5km walk/run.

On May 14, 2013 I laced up my shoes, hopped on the treadmill and walk/ran 3km for the first time in almost 10 years … it took me 30 minutes. I talked myself through the first 5 minutes, the last 5 minutes and all the minutes in between.


Since that day I have run for a total of 58 hours, completed 87 runs and 4 races covering 404 kms of ground.  I started with an average pace of 10 min/km and worked my way down to 7 min/km. It feels amazing.


In September I began blogging again after a 4 year hiatus. I have found a community online and in life that supports everyone equally. I have surrounded myself with people who inspire me daily. Our passion for running connects us regardless of tenure, distance and pace.


Running has not only change how I live my life, it has changed who I am. I am running faster and farther than I ever thought I could or would. I am taking on races and distances that I would have thought were impossible, acknowledging that I am indeed a runner when just a few short months ago I wouldn’t.

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Was it easy? No. Were there days I questioned why I was doing this? Yes. Do I want to inspire others to fall in love with running? Absolutely!

I will be taking on the challenge of becoming a Personal Trainer and Coach in 2014. Changing careering at the age of 43 when most people are settling into a comfortable place is scary but I am ready. Although I was 5 months late to the party 2013 was my Year of Change and I want to share my joy with others knowing it is NEVER too late to start.

For my friends and family I leave you with this traditional Gaelic blessing for the New Year.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.


What was your biggest achievement in 2013?

What do you want to be your biggest achievement in 2014?


Meet Anita

I am a wife to a retired Army Captain and present day shepherd, a mother to two Big's (20 & 19) and one Little (6) and new to running at the age of 42. I am hopelessly addicted to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha's. My family thinks I am crazy. The voices in my head say they may be right.

10 Thoughts on “A Brand New Ending

  1. Happy New Year lady! I look forward to reading about your journey in 2014!
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  2. Beautiful! I love how you have just evolved to this amazingly strong woman, which I may say you were before but you have just embraced the fit life with open arms and are receiving all the blessings that come with it. I am blessed you have been a part of my journey and I am so excited to see how far we will go in 2014. Happy New Year xo

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  3. My biggest achievements in 2013 were running my first marathons (2 of them), my first 30k, my first team triathlon, my first team marathon relay, and setting a PB in the 5k, 10k, and half-marathon. In 2014 I want to set a 30k PB, a marathon PB and who knows what else. We’ll see what the year brings.

    • You had an amazing year Dan, looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings you.

      30k PB for ATB? I’ll see you there :)

  4. I LOVE this. You are so inspiring and I think you are going to be the most amazing coach. I had no idea that you had only started running again this year! You are amazing! Happy New Year to you and your family. I know you will have such great success!
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    • Thank you for your kind words Lauren, I’m so excited to see what happens during this upcoming year too. You are one of those people that inspire me daily and for that I am grateful.

      Happy New Year to you :)

  5. Aww that is amazing! I love your attitude, here is to 2014 being an incredible year!

    • Happy New Year Ashley! I’m looking forward to following your journey in 2014 … you inspire me with your tenacity and positive attitude :)

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