YRF Event Distance: 21 km
How did you become involved in the world of running:
By accident- signed up for the Delhi Half Marathon to raise money for a local charity there and realised that I could run 21km without stopping…..I haven’t looked back since!
What drives your passion to keep running:
Many things but mainly because it makes me feel good both physically and mentally, and has allowed me to meet many awesome people and travel to places I may not otherwise go!
What motivates you on those days that you just don’t want to run:
I find the best thing is to be accountable – so posting a run on the Emerald Runners Facebook page assists /forces me to get up or 0530am runs!
How many kilometres have you covered in preparation for YRF:
Well YRF is actually part of my training for a 100 km run at the Blackall100 on 21 Oct 2017 so I have covered a lot of km’s!
YRF race day goal:
Beat my half marathon PB! and hopefully watch other Emerald runners achieve their goals!
What will be your race day choice of footwear (Make/Model):
I’m digging my new New Balance Vonga (fresh foam)!
Any Pre-race ritual? And go to meal/nutrition before an event:
I can suffer pretty bad from GI stress so I keep it really simple the day before/morning before an event.
• Dinner is mainly plain pesto pasta (with a beer to relax any nerves).
• Breakfast is either porridge or peanut butter, banana and toast.
Pre-race ritual revolves around going to the toilet 10 times before the race starts!
Your number one tip for injury prevention:
In the last couple of years, I have introduced more strength training, yoga and replaced a run day with bike riding!
Your “local” hero? Why:
It’s not just one person but all the Emerald runners posse. Just seeing people achieve and exceed their (running) expectations keeps reminding me why I love running!
Favourite sporting quote:
‘Pain is just weakness leaving the body’
Best advice you’ve been given (Doesn’t have to be sports related):
You can do anything you put your mind to, you just have to believe!
There are too many awesome events to choose from, but other than Yeppoon the sense of achievement from completing events like Ultra-trail Australia 2017 and the Three Marathons in Three Days in Cairns is addictive!
Thanks Emma and best of luck in the 21km from everyone at the YRF Team.