It was 2003 when I first lined up on the track at the NZ 5000m championships next to some of NZ top female athletes. I ran hard and finished in a time of 16 mins 52 sec which placed me 6th in the field that day. It was an experience I will never forget and from then on I had officially caught the running bug!
I was fortunate to be able to train with a fantastic bunch of runners and triathletes while living in Auckland studying towards a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science.
I ran A LOT and I loved it!
I ran in many NZ championships, representing NZ internationally in the under 23 Cross Country team, finishing 3rd place in the National 10km Road Championship (2005) and 2nd place in the National Track 5000m Championship (2005/6).
However, unfortunately due to repeated injury, and eventually surgery, on my Achilles tendon I was forced to take time out from competitive running.
Fast forward 12 years and two children later, I have found and re-ignited my passion for running and racing. In April this year (2017) I lined up again on the track at the World Masters Games in Auckland. I felt nervous and questioned why the heck am I doing this?! But, in my head I told myself “Don’t be afraid to fail, just go out there and run; enjoy it!” So that is what I did. I won two gold medals in the 35-39 age group for the 5,000m and 10,000m respectively.
Over the years, i’ve learnt so much about balance and listening to my body. Recovery and nutrition is immensely important and was probably my downfall in younger years!
So, I wanted to create a purpose from my passion for running. I want to share my knowledge and things that I have learnt over the years.
Maybe it will help some young athlete to maximise their potential.
Maybe it will inspire some mums to go out there and run; to enjoy a moment to themselves, and be better mums for doing just that.
Maybe is will inspire families to go out and be active together; riding bikes or running with a buggy.
Maybe, it will help you to find your balance.
So if you are interested to learn, follow this page. Ask questions, create your goals and get on board. If your ready, i’m set, so lets go!