I first competed in the Canada Army Run in September of 2015. I signed up for the half marathon and was incredibly excited to assemble with the others at the starting line. The most enthralling feeling was knowing that the last six months of extensive training were finally paying off. After the artillery battery fired and the race commenced, I became overconfident and ran too quickly throughout the first five kilometres, depleting excessive energy prematurely. However, I managed to finish the race in a little over 1 hour and 58 minutes. I was unable to break my personal record, but after reaching the finish line and receiving the dog tag at the end, it proved to be worth my while and then some! It was an honor to provide that level of support for the Canadian Armed Forces.