Welcome to Meet a Mover Monday! Everyone has a story, and each week we will introduce you to one of our OpMovers so you can learn a little bit about theirs. We are all at different stages of our journeys, but we all started in the same place.

This week, say hi to Anita.


Who are you?

Hi, it’s Neets here, a Melbourne mum to 3 little cheeky monkeys. I was in Corporate HR for about 15 years until I realised that I wasn’t really following my dreams. I’m a qualified PT and am currently studying a Lifestyle, Food and Wellness course (which reminds me, I should really be studying tonight). All of my kids have eczema so I’ve turned into a bit of a wellness warrior over the past couple of years. I just hate seeing them in pain.

I turned 40 this year and two months earlier had my third bub so the plan of doing a triathlon in France for my birthday didn’t happen. Good thing I married a man younger than me as I’m planning something similar for his 40th in 2016. Win-win yeah?


When did you start running and why?

I always loved cross country running whilst I was at school but I took running a lot more seriously when I returned from London in 2001, fourteen kilos heavier. I was determined to shed those excess kilos so set some goals and started my training. During my first run,  some boys in a red Gemini pulled up beside me and hurled the most disturbing abuse at me. As scared as I was, their words should have broken me but instead they motivated me to run countless fun runs over a 10 year period, including the Melbourne Marathon. I wrote a blog post about it when I first started blogging –To The Boys In The Red Gemini, Thank You.


What is your favourite distance?

I’m definitely a big fan of the half marathon. It’s not too short and not too long, it’s just right for me. I’ve recently started trail running which I love. It’s a lot nicer on my back and I just love the scenery that I get to see along the way. The Saloman Series have some great runs that are around the half marathon distance.


Top 3 must have gear:

1. I do the majority of my runs with my cattle dog, Bear. I obviously can’t take him to races with me but he’s a damn good training buddy.

2. I love my Garmin – need I say more.

3. A good sports bra. I’ve worn the Intimo sports bra for years now. It’s super supportive and so, so comfy.


Fave post run fuel?

I always have the biggest glass of filtered water when I get back from a run followed by a protein bar.


What do you listen to when you run?

I love anything Ministry. They have some awesome running albums out.


Tech lover or naked runner?

Definitely a tech lover. I remember training for the marathon and for some reason my iphone battery would die at around the 32k mark. When the music stopped, so did my legs! Very, very frustrating.


Words of wisdom to new runners?

Run to the beat of your own stride. Take it slow to start. If you start too hard, you will lose interest quickly. Set realistic goals and find some local buddies to run with. It’s easier to skip a run by yourself than it is to leave a mate waiting at 6am.


I wish I could…….

Run the New York marathon one day.


I  am most proud of…

Running for a cause. I met a beautiful family at my local farmers market last year. I learnt that their 5 year old daughter had leukaemia. When I left the market, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Kerr family all weekend.  I wanted to help somehow so I ran the City2Sea whilst I was 16 weeks pregnant and raised $1000 for Celia and her family. It was my most rewarding run ever and something that I felt particularly proud of because for the first time, I was running for somebody else and not me.


If you’re ready to embrace change and be your best self too, our Learn to Run e-course is now open for registration!

Zoey Dowling

Written by: operationmove

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  1. Hi Neets - it's always so good on a Monday to meet someone else from OpMove. Thanks for your advice as well - taking it slow when you start has been a big one for me. Have the best week ! Me xox