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 Sara.
Hi, I’m Sara, I’m a 32 year old wife, mother of 1 (3 year old Worm) and a full time working banker.
I tend to have so many balls up in the air that describing who I am is honestly the most difficult question to ask. I am a runner, I am a triathlete, I am a mother and I am a friend.
When did you start running and why?
I started running many many years ago, I always remember running a little bit, but more seriously about 5 years ago, when I decided I was going to lose weight, and get fit. I was horrified at the photos taken of myself in a bikini on my honeymoon, and immediately knew that I needed to change something if I wanted to bring a family into this world.
Since then I have entered many half marathons, countless 10 & 5 km events, and I’ve even completed a couple of half ironman triathlons.
I have enjoyed pushing my daughter in her pram (I restarted running when Worm was 6 weeks old, so she & I have done many runs together) and I have enjoyed running solo – Running is my time.
What is your favourite distance?
I LOVE the half marathon distance, I’ve done 3 half’s and a couple more as part of triathlons. I probably call myself more a triathlete than a runner though, the art of juggling 3 sports, with work, and children is the challenge. I love racing. I don’t love training!
Top 3 must have gear?
Sports BRA – like a mega supportive my girls will NEVER move when I’m wearing type bra. My long term favourite is the Berlei ProElite underwire crop. It’s supportive, plus can be worn as a bikini top if you chose to strip off at the beach.
Good Shoes – don’t skimp on the footwear, whatever you chose to go with I highly recommend going to a specialist running store and getting fitted propertly. Leave the kids with someone else as the fitting will take 30-60mins and wear your sports bra as you will be running on a treadmill & seeing how the shoes feel in action, not just the colour!
Fave run post fuel?
I don’t have any kind of post workout routine – I am usually handed the Worm after a race, and if I get 5 minutes of stretching I’ll be happy. I drink water like I’m a fish, and tend to stick to basic electrolytes like Endura or Hyrdalyte on hot days when I’ve sweated a lot.
What do you listen to when you run?
I honestly don’t know… it changes so frequently, I like the Ministry of Sound Running Trax, but a good podcast can also help the kilometres go by. Because I do a lot on my treadmill I love The Sufferfest running video workouts – great music, video footage of amazing races and a structured workout (they don’t lie – the workouts are a true sufferefest!).
Tech lover or naked runner?
I go through stages…. I’ve been naked for the past few months whilst I’ve been between coaches, just exercising for myself, but I did get my Garmin out for my triathlon on the weekend. So I think I’m headed more into techno land again, just to have the information to analyse each workout.
Words of wisdom to new runners?
A run is a run
A jog is a run
A shuffle is a run
Don’t get caught up on the speed, slow it down and focus on keeping the running action going.
ALSO – you can’t compare yourself to others, everyone started with that first few kilometres of struggle, so be proud of every step you take, as each one is setting you up for the next and the next.
I am most proud of…
I’m really proud of getting the CQ Spin Sisters going in Rockhampton when we lived up there & also getting ParkRun off the ground where I live now in Murray Bridge. I embrace most opportunities to set a good example for busy women to get active and I believe I show them that it’s okay to prioritise YOU time along with family and work commitments.
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You never know who you might inspire to get moving!