June 26, 2016 Journal: Scotiabank Half Marathon 2016


Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring.


Greetings Family & Friends,

I hope everyone had an active Sunday!  Today was “Race Day!” I’m still feeling the effects from the Scotiabank Half Marathon. It’s still tight behind my right knee so it’s tough to go down the stairs.  Overall, I’m very happy that I’ve added another accomplishment to my journey and running resume.  Last year, I only did one 10 km race and that was the Vancouver Sun Run. Most of the summer last year was filled with hiking.  This year I’ve already done 3 runs: The Vancouver Sun Run; The BMO Half Marathon; and this morning I completed the Scotiabank Half Marathon.  Quite pleased with myself and trying to aim for the July 17th Fort Langley Half Marathon.

After having this mornings running experience, I was humbled and also put in my place.  It was a pleasure to have completed this race but at the same time there is so much room to grow. Part of that is staying consistent and motivated in my training and how I take care of my body.  It just doesn’t only apply to physical fitness & mental toughness but also how we conduct ourselves in everyday decisions and actions.  We are only given this one life to live and it’s such a blessing to have from our Great Creator.  It’s only fair that we should be making the most each given day and each grain of sand that trickles through our hourglass.  We need to really value what is given to us at the same time work hard towards our passion and what will define our purpose and legacy!

I’m extremely grateful for running this race with my good friend Sam, the husband of my running buddy, Shalyn.  Those races are sometimes lonely when you are pursuing your personal best it doesn’t have to be before the race and post celebration.  The wonderful laughs and sharing different stories on what we each experience during the race.  It brings a new reflection of what you did through the running shoes of another person.  It doesn’t even seem like the same race but at the same time it adds value and appreciation to what you just accomplished.  Running isn’t for everyone and it’s sad not to run along side each one of you that have congratulated me today but I’m extremely happy that each one of you pursue your passion.  Not just get around to it when you can but really live it as if it was your calling and  your identity.

Running has always been something I enjoyed doing from Grade 6 to Grade 12.  I stayed active till my early 20s but I let life take over who I will be in the workplace and gave it my 100% attention.  Which is what we should do in our source of income but at the same time we shouldn’t neglect our identity and what we are truly passionate about.  If your work/career is also your passion than that is superb!  You are making the most of your life and creating your legacy, your identity!  Sit down and really list down what you enjoy doing and what you can do to spend some time doing it.  It maybe rough year or two discovering your calling but once you do it will be what keeps you happy throughout all aspects of your life.  Stay thirsty in discovering new things about yourself!

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family!



June 25, 2016 Journal: The Night before the Big Race


The only man who never makes mistakes, is the man who never does anything.


Greetings Family & Friends,

Hope everyone had an superb Saturday!  I had a most excellent and productive day.  Got the groceries done in the afternoon. Went over to the Running Room in Burnaby to pick up some snacks, socks & a water belt for my Scotiabank Half Marathon race tomorrow.  Got my workouts in and finished the day with a 5K walk with the family down to Pier Park.  The best way to get support from your family is to get them involved.

This will be another first for me with the Scotiabank Half Marathon. Last year, I only did the Vancouver Sun Run & the Rugged Maniac Obstacle race and a lot of hiking.  This year so far, I did the Vancouver Sun Run which I beat my record for almost 2 mins.  I ran the BMO Half Marathon which is a first time doing a Half Marathon and I will be having my half Marathon race tomorrow. I know it isn’t the same race but I’m hoping to get under 2 hrs for this race.

Will this be a hobby of mine? Who knows.  I’m just taking it one day at a time and I’m that it will be and who I will be known for.  Overall, I’m just taking it all in and learning the sport more & the community and myself also.  If you spend time discovering yourself each day you will be amazed on what you can do and never be bored when you involve others to what you enjoy doing.  Set yourself free when you begin to remove the limitations that you place on yourself!

Many blessings to you,

Ryan Jarata & Family

June 11, 2016 Journal: My first bike for almost 30 years!


Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.


Greetings Family and Friends!

Hope everyone had an amazing day!  It kinda rained heavily this morning in Vancouver but didn’t stop me from making my 10k run from my house to work.  It really has been awhile since I posted but today was a big day as it mentions in the title.  I’ve been working out and doing some runs since my absence.  I can’t promise if I will be posting again but like all things, I will be working on my consistency.

Today marked a very special occasion that dated almost 3 decades ago.  I’ve passed down the torch what my dad has done for me way back in the late 90s and that is buying my son, Trevor, his very first bike.  Hopefully, he will find an interest in biking like I did in my early youth.  Since I was there, I also picked up a bike for myself… lol.

I thank Peter and the staff at CAPS bicycles in New Westminster.  Peter was very patient enough with my eldest son, Trevor and helped him pick out his 1st bike and helmet.  And we threw on a bike stand in there.  I also picked up a start bike from Peter to get me going this summer and the next few years until I save up for a real racing bike for me.  It will be a while before I get my legs and balance back but I’m looking forward to teaching Trevor how to ride a bike.

I’m doing all this for my 2nd Half Marathon this year on June 26th.  I’m hoping I can improve my time of about 2hrs and 4 mins.  My 1st bike has helped me become one of the fastest runners in elementary and high school.  Too bad I didn’t get involve of this much sooner.  Her, it’s a start then no start.  Keep pushing past the limitations you put on yourself and keep striving on improving yourself each given day.

God Bless,

Ryan Jarata & Family