So, we’ve all been there. Vowing to never, ever do something again. Like, ever again. Ever, ever, EVER again.
No, I’m not talking about the 276 glasses of vino that resulted in the world’s worst hangover, maxing out your credit card on a pair of shoes you absolutely *had* to have, or texting your ex after a couple of cheeky champagnes (urgh, too guilty). I’m talking about that thing you did that took so much energy, was so challenging and required so much determination and strength, that it was quite simply an incredible accomplishment… which you would never, ever do again. Period.
You with me?
Well, for me, this personal vow was promised after running my marathon* last year. Okay technically, I ran *two half marathons in three months, but that’s just splitting hairs. The moment I crossed the Rottnest half finish line last October in the ridiculous heat, I was done. I had my Rotto and City to Surf half mara medals, I smashed a PB of 2:15, couldn’t walk properly for days – and I was happy with that. Not forgetting that I’m far from an experienced runner. FAR from it. My running technique parallels Phoebe from Friends and my idea of a ‘good run’ is a fifteen minute jog around Craigie to the sounds of Sheeran (or Swifty if I’m feeling particularly emotional). I’m fit, yes, and I enjoy the freedom and head-space that running (short distances) gives me… But I’m still a novice – and my knees get super sore after about 8km (yes, I’m actually an 78yr old lady). Despite loving a challenge, I was happy to retire my marathon career last October, and go out on a high.
But then in January I was approached by HBF, to see if I’d consider being an ambassador for their 2017 Run for a Reason. If you don’t already know, Run for a Reason is the largest running event in WA, and one of the largest in Australia, with people of all ages running, jogging or walking through Perth for a variety of amazing causes. It’s iconic to WA, with ambassadors carefully selected to embody everything that HBF and the running event represents; health, wellness and all things Western Australia. I was honoured… How could I say no?! Well the truth is, I couldn’t. I literally jumped at the chance.
And so on May 28, 2017 I shall run my third Aussie half-marathon in the space of a year. I also roped in my unofficial PT Anna (‘the assassin’) Haslinger to keep me on track. I didn’t have to run the half – I could have chosen the 4km or 12km. But where’s the fun in that? Plus, I haven’t run this route before, so it will be fun! (Oh God, what am I doing?!)
The Ambassador experience so far has been fantastic. The whole team at HBF have been such a pleasure to work with, I’ve met some awesome people and I’m really starting to get my cardio fitness and strength back to optimum level as I gear up for the big day. The HBF team even had a custom training shirt made for me which I’ve worn whilst training around some of my favourite WA spots, including Scarborough beach, West Coast Hwy and Yanchep Lagoon (on Easter Sunday no less!). For the first time this year the team behind Run for a Reason have launched a new vision for the event. They’re encouraging everyone participating on 28 May to #bethereason – a movement and install which has already swept across some key landmarks in WA, including The Channel 9 studios, South Perth and more recently Elizabeth Quay.
So what’s my reason? There are so many personal and charitable reasons to mention… but for me personally it’s to challenge myself and inspire others – which funnily enough was a key origin for the foundation of this blog. Oh, and for the medal. What??! I like medals.
Run for a Reason attracted 33,744 participants in 2016, with an incredible $1.26 million raised for 170 charities. Whether you’re planning on walking, running or even skipping your way through the HBF Run for a Reason 4km, 12km or Half Marathon on May 28 – remember, every reason counts. This iconic run has so much meaning to the people of WA, no matter how large or small the reason. It empowers people to take action and live their determination. #bethereason on May 28, WA! I’ll see you there!
Thanks to the teams at Brooks and The Athletes Foot for measuring up my gorgeous Adrenaline GTS 17‘s – these are the first Brooks I’ve ever owned, and they have been so supportive, comfortable and reliable to train in – the best training buddy a girl could ask for. They look pretty fly too! Thanks to 2XU for my super comfortable GHST 2“ Split Shorts which I’ve not had off my butt the past month, and finally to the boffins at IsoWhey for keeping me stocked up with gel, electrolyte and protein goodies. I’ve never had so much ENERGY!!
Finally, thanks to the HBF team for giving me this fantastic opportunity – I’m so proud to have been a part of this experience and can’t wait for the run on May 28.
GIFS & Ariel photography courtesy of the super-awesome Paul Ramondo who snapped shots of me running from the skies of Perth (on the gloomist day ever), in exchange for Fish & Chips and my excellent banter without complaining once. You’re one of my favourite humans, PR x
See Paul in action on his brand-spanking new VLOG – look out for episode #8 which features meeeee!