We’re so thrilled to have Lee join the Operation Move team to share her thoughts and experiences both in her capacity as a life coach and as a runner. If you have any questions or ideas you’d like her to address please email firstname.lastname@example.org
When I began running just over two years ago, I had absolutely no idea how far I would take it. I knew that I wanted to feel less sluggish and I knew that I wanted to be able to keep up with my kids as they grew and become more active. I had just turned 40 and despite having some problems with my feet, I decided to give the couch to 5k a go.
I had a history of starting exercise all gung-ho and stopping due to a dodgy shoulder, a sore ankle or more likely waning motivation. I can’t tell you how many gym memberships I have cancelled over the years, it is more than I care to admit. Although since becoming a mum, pretty much all exercise had gone out the window.
So when this couch to 5 k running program kept popping up on my social media feeds, I thought I’d give it a go. I told myself I would just take it week by week and see how my body held up.
Well, my body did hold up. I was “sensible” and a little conservative as I was determined to try to prevent injuries as much as possible. I ran my first 6k fun run 5 months after I started. I absolutely loved this experience and knew that I wanted to do more. I kept gradually, gradually, bit by bit increasing my distance until I hit 10km. At this stage I started questioning whether I could run a half marathon. I had heard the line, if you can run 5 you can run 10, and if you can run 10 you can run a half marathon (21.1km). My confidence in my body grew with each extra kilometre I could manage.
So I set the goal of running a half marathon and in April this year I did what I set out to do. Straight after this half I was playing with the idea of running a full (42.2km). I ran another half two months later and registered for the Melbourne marathon.
While all this running was going on, a parallel process was taking place within me. I was developing self belief and clarity in other areas. I reflected on my personal vision, what my passions and values are, set goals and started working towards them. After working for 18 years as a social worker in health, I made the decision to start my own business as a life coach and counsellor.
So in October, I was a finisher in the Melbourne Marathon and I launched my business, Brightside Coaching.
I am thrilled to be writing for Operation Move. I look forward to getting to know about you and your goals and the vision you have for your lives.