kate steph melbourne marathon 2013

I had already been running for a year before I discovered Operation Move.

I was living in London and running solo, so to speak. I didn’t belong to any running groups, I had a few friends who were runners but we never ran together – so I had no source of motivation in the form of real human interaction.

I didn’t own a running watch. I had no idea what speed I was running at and only ran with my phone so I could turn on Runkeeper for the distance. How fast I was going wasn’t on my radar then, I just wanted to run further.

Then I met the lovely Emily (Mrs Sabbatical) on Instagram and it was through our mutual love for London that we became Instafriends and she suggested I join Operation Move. I was already following Kate on Instagram but had no idea about OpMove.

The timing was perfect. I was going to be moving back to Australia the following year and was extremely unhappy about leaving the UK. Very quickly I became a part of OpMove and the foundations for the amazing friendships I have now were formed.

I still credit these wonderful women with helping making the move back to Sydney an easier one. We were finally in the same time zone!

Running is a funny thing. It is just so much more than putting one foot in front of the other. Never in my life did I imagine my passion for running would lead me where it was. That it would be responsible for finding me real lifelong friendships with likeminded people. I feel truly blessed.

I am quite sure I wouldn’t be where I am at today, about to run my first marathon, if it wasn’t for OpMove. It was the continual motivation and inspiration from my fellow runners that kept me going.

There is also nothing quite like watching someone else succeed. I remember the elation of running my first unbroken kilometre and for me, my first 5km still remains my most satisfying achievement.

Seeing new runners join OpMove and work towards these same goals I find motivating as well. To share that joy is one of life’s untapped treasures.

Watching Operation Move grow has been an absolute honour. What Kate and Zoey have created is something extremely special and although I belong to a local running club, I don’t have the friendship and support of people there like I do with their online counterparts at Operation Move. It really has changed my life and I am eternally grateful for the wonderful people who every single day inspire me and motivate me.


Have you joined yet? You should. You really, really should. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Zoey Dowling

Written by: operationmove

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  1. Nice write up Steph it has been good this opmove thing! Such a good use of the interwebz, rather being critical, whiney, et al, it is about helping one be the person they always dreamt of being but never believed they could be that person. A great community indeed,

  2. Zoey Dowling

    Beautiful words Steph, gotta love online for bringing people together. Love this crew xxx Ps - is that dude behind you guys in the pic sniffing his arm pit?!

    • haha poor dude prolly only wiping his face on his sleeve but a great photo bomb #pitsniffer