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 Michelle. 


Who are you?

I’m Michelle, wife to a wonderful farmer, Mum to a beautiful little miss, with one on the way. We live on a property in Western NSW, running sheep and cattle. 


When did you start running and why?

I originally started running about 6 years ago as a way to try and lose some weight. I had been a dedicated couch dweller since school so this was a big shift. I still never managed to run further than 5km and it was always where nobody could see me. I did lose about 15 kilos though, running and following Weight Watchers guidelines.

Then I got married and moved out to the farm where I have miles of highway to run, but I still wasn’t inspired to do more than 5km. I did get my speed up though, doing that 5km in about 28 minutes four to five times a week. One thing followed another however and in 2011 I fell pregnant. Morning sickness and round ligament pain saw me resume my position on the couch until after the birth of our beautiful little girl in mid 2012.

In the early days of new motherhood I turned to Twitter and blog reading to maintain my sanity and found Kate. I followed along as she commenced her journey learning to run and longed to join her. So one day I did! I started out pushing my pram-hating baby girl along our highway while I walked as far and as fast as I could in half an hour each day. And finally in early 2013 my body agreed that running wasn’t completely out of the question. 


What is your favourite distance?

I love getting out and doing 10km. An hour is a nice length of time for a bub to have a sleep, especially when you are blessed with a child who generally doesn’t ‘do’ daytime sleeps unless she is held. The formal events I have done are two Half Marathons.


Top 3 must have gear:

The right running shoes for you. Getting fitted at a proper store where they look at your running technique is a great experience and they generally have good return policies if you find they aren’t exactly the right shoes for you

A good, supportive sports bra.

Lightweight sunglasses. They protect your eyes from sun damage, flies, stones flicked up by passing trucks and more!

I would add an OpMove training top to my list but that really goes without saying!


Fave post run fuel?

Chocolate milk and a toasted cheese sandwich.


What do you listen to when you run?

Music. My tastes are fairly eclectic, ranging from classic rock and metal through some recent pop and a healthy serving of current country music.


Tech lover or naked runner?

All about the tech. Love my Garmin and also run with my phone, either in the pram console or in an arm band when I get a (rare) solo run.


Words of wisdom to new runners?

Intervals are your friend. Don’t be afraid to set yourself a challenge to run a certain time or distance and then allow a short walk to recover. Just make sure to start running again when that walk break is over!


I wish I could….

Do some of the fantastic trail runs that happen around our beautiful country. I’d also love to complete some events overseas.

My greatest hope though, is that I can continue to run and be active to ensure that my child(ren) consider this lifestyle completely normal. 


I  am most proud of…

Finishing two half marathons as a part of the OpMove team. I wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of my gorgeous family and wouldn’t have even considered it without my fabulous team from OpMove.


If you think you’re ready to experience the support of the Operation Move family and learn to run with us, our September course is closing soon! Find out more right here.

Zoey Dowling

Written by: operationmove

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  1. <3 I loved reading this. I didn't know about the running before your had your daughter! The photo on this post is one of my all time favourites, I just love it.

  2. Hi Michelle - good to 'meet' you. I am new to the OpMove team but I can see that the support here is just what I need to get back into running !!!! Thanks for sharing about yourself - have the BEST week ! Me xox

  3. Oooo hi Micki :) Love you LONG time!! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks :)