ENDURE: A Run Woman Show

What are you doing Saturday at 3 p.m., friends? Checking out the ENDURE show, that’s what.

I had the pleasure of checking this amazing show out yesterday morning with my friend, Tamara. The creator and performer, Melanie Jones, calls the show “athletic theatre.” I call it one of the most inspiring show I’ve ever seen.

ENDURE is all about one woman’s journey as the tackles a marathon. We hear about the circumstances that pushed her to enter the race, the highs and lows of training, what crosses her mind as she’s competing. But the show is about so much more — pursuing dreams, living with discipline, surviving the highs and lows of life. I won’t wreck it for anyone but I will say that ENDURE made me laugh, tear up and feel inspired to push a little harder in my own life.

It also made me sweaty. Because instead of taking place in a theatre, the show started at Eau Claire market, meandered along the Bow River (using the city’s new RiverWalk) and wound through the park. Such a cool idea and an amazing way to spend a gorgeous Sunday morning.

The show also reminded me of everything I love about running: how it de-stresses me, invigorates me and allows me to witness lovely, simple things outside, like when the leaves change colour. And, of course, I love the physical challenge of seeing if I can run a little faster or better than the last time.

When I left ENDURE, I felt even more excited to train for the Big Sur half marathon, not just because of the show, but because Melanie herself is an amazing athlete herself and in wicked shape. Just looking at her made me want to train harder.

Here are a few more shots from yesterday’s performance:

You have to check it out before Melanie brings the show back to Brooklyn, where she’s based. Her Saturday morning show is sold out, but there are still tickets available for the 3 p.m. show.

Thanks so much for the tickets, Melanie! And if it’s cool with you, I’m going to start using your “French fries, French fries, French fries” mantra during my own half marathon training.