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.
We’re beginning the series by sharing the stories of the Operation Move exec team. These are the women working away at course development, site content, and of course supporting our community across our various platforms.
This week, say hi to Emily.
Who are you?
Emily, 39. I live with my gorgeous 11yo daughter in Melbourne’s inner north. I am an integration aide, crocheting hooker, occasional blogger and often swearer.
When did you start running and why?
Around 2012, I’d always played tennis and netball but running seemed like one of those things that I watched other people do. One day I thought I would just give it a bash to see if I could. And I could, not gracefully or fast or even to the end of the street to start with, but I did it and I wanted to keep going.
Finding and joining the early days of Operation Move definitely kept me moving. Now, it’s also about keeping my health (particularly my Crohns) and mental health in check. A very wise GP told me, “Running is much better than drinking through a marriage breakup.” She’s right.
What is your favourite distance?
Running has never really been about speed for me, so to start with my favourite distance was my new furthest! But now, I’ve settled on a Half Marathon, 21.1km. I can get into a groove, make up time if I need to, enjoy the scenery and listen lip-synch-dance to an awesome playlist and still feel good afterwards.
Top 3 must have gear:
Definitely a decent running bra! The Moving Comfort Rebound Racer is my favourite.
A cap (Nike DriFit), I never run without one, it stops me being a complete Sweaty Betty, offers sun and rain protection and I can hide my red face when required. All the wins.
Undies! Of course I run with undies on, but have found for the longer distances the Moving Comfort Rundies or the Jockey running ones are the best. No one needs a wedgie for 21kms.
Fave post run fuel?
I should really say a smoothie or poached eggs which is the usual. But there were 2 occasions when I got home and Miss had made me pancakes and they were amazing. I really hope she reads this and feels inspired…….
What do you listen to when you run?
Music is a running highlight for me; I don’t run to listen to myself gasping for breath. My playlists are amazing, if I do say so myself. I try and mix up the genres but it is mainly fabulously trashy pop that I can totally lose myself in, forgetting how far I’ve just run.
Tech lover or naked runner?
Tech me up! Love my Garmin, love Garmin Connect, love the stats, love my iPod Shuffle, love my YurBuds.
Words of wisdom to new runners?
Don’t forget why you started and try not to get caught up in the hype, just do what feels good for you. This is your gig, it’s supposed to be fun.
I wish I could…….
Run the Australian Outback Marathon – doing a half mara past Uluru in the early morning, red earth underfoot, would be incredibly magical.
I am most proud of…
Not quitting and remembering why I run. I still can’t believe that even when ill, tired or under prepared by body can still get me around a 21.1km course. Mental! Never would have thought it.
I’ve also met some amazing people since I started running, especially through OpMove and that has been such a massive reward.