Bev Rehill

Featured Runner – September

Bev Rehill

Age: 56
Job: Owner N.J. Rehill Transport
Mantra: Get out of your head
Hobbies: Quilting
Favourite Distance: Half Marathon

Meet Bev!

When you first meet Bev you might make the mistake of thinking this woman is quiet and unassuming. For your sake, don’t. Bev is a firecracker who, once you get beneath the surface inspires people daily with her desire to keep growing.

Growing up Bev was not an athletic child, Sport was a four letter word and gym class was filled with unpleasant memories. She wasn’t a jock or a nerd or any other label one might find slapped on them in the early years, she was just Bev.

Bev started her journey at a time in her life when many do. As she approached her 40’s she decided that she was going to take back control over her life and after a significant weight loss found herself in the gym. It seemed almost inevitable that she would start running and in true Bev fashion she did it on her own. She found herself struggling with what would turn out to be IT band issues that first year and instead of quitting, decided to start over again from scratch. She joined a learn to run clinic.

It was through this clinic that she found something that clicked. The answer isn’t surprising as it’s the one commonality that many runners find in the journey; the community. She found herself realizing that the thing that motivated her to get out the door, the thing that she looked forward to the most with running was the social side of it.

Bev enjoys training not by herself, but with the many, many different friends she has had the fortune to make over the years. Friends who you can tell mean the world to Bev as her eyes light up when the stories started flowing.

After hearing a friend talk about an Ironman event, Bev became intrigued by the idea of Triathlons. She found herself tackling a variety of distances from Sprint to Ironman. Training in multiple disciplines is hard; you have to find a balance of work, family and training. Those who know Bev know how hard she worked to overcome her fear of the open water swim.  No life guards, no safety line, people clawing at you, swimming over you, pushing you down as you’re about to take a breath all were unsettling.

One of her earliest attempts in triathlon found her unable to even get into the water on race day. Filled with disappointment that the day had ended so soon for her one might assume that that would be the end of triathlons for her. One would be wrong. Bev faced her fear head on and worked even harder to overcome it and with the help of a friend made it into the water and found herself working her way towards that finish line.

Not all of her races have gone the way she had hoped, something most of us in the running world have unfortunately had to deal with. Bev though manages to find the good, find the lesson when things turn south. She turns her focus away from herself and towards others when most would run and hide.

Surprising? Not really. When you talk to Bev you start to see a very common theme. Bev gets more joy from helping others than she does from celebrating her own success. She’s been blessed to share the finish line with many different friends. Some she’s known all her life, others she’s picked up along the way. Sharing that finish line experience with her daughter has been particularly special for her. Her daughter was not a runner at the time but had decided that she would walk a half marathon and like all supportive moms out there, Bev joined her.

Walking a half marathon would prove to be an eye opening experience for her but sharing those miles with her daughter made it all worthwhile. They’ve since shared many finish lines, from WPS to Regina to Ottawa to WFPS.

When you ask Bev what scares her most about running her answer is a familiar one, to not finish. A DNF is hard for most runners to swallow, the time put into training, the social sacrifices, all the hard work just gone with no glory.  It’s ironic how many people fear them, yet all of the greatest runners have them.

When asked about what’s the hardest part of Triathlons her answer was succinct; the mental game, the ability to get the mind and the body on the same page. It’s hard when you find yourself focusing on the entirety of the task you’re about to take on, to not start listening to the voices in your head. That voice of self-doubt that seemed so tiny and small suddenly roars to life and starts to fight for real estate in the brain. If you let it that voice will win, that voice will say why bother, you’re a quitter and suddenly that goal that was the most important thing for months, isn’t.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose it’s part of the journey. One thing is abundantly clear though, Bev is no quitter.