No mean feet!! Lauren’s marathon challenge…
After blisters, sore muscles, blisters and more blisters… I did it! I ran (and survived) my first Melbourne Half-Marathon. 32, 000 participants, 29º and sunny, the streets of Melbourne swarmed with runners of all ages, sizes and abilities. What an amazing day it was – the atmosphere was vibrant and excitement infectious. I’m not going to lie, about 3km’s from the finish line I was thinking to myself, “I’m never doing this again, NEVER!” However, crossing that finish line with mixed feelings of needing to vomit, pass out and celebrate all at once, made all the training and the actual run well worth it.
Most people think a marathon or Half-Marathon is only for ‘runners’, those who run almost every day, are super fit and think 10km’s is ‘easy’. Think again! Anyone can do it. At the beginning of 2014, I wasn’t doing much exercise at all. I had let lying on the beach during the summer get the better of me. When I did run, it was only 5km’s. However, I had decided to set myself a goal. I needed motivation to get back into a regular exercise routine (that would also make it through winter) and something to work towards. So I signed up for the Melbourne Half-Marathon and slowly increased my distance over the year, complementing running with Pilates sessions.
Not only do I feel great about myself physically, I am proud of myself for achieving something that seemed out of my depth a few months ago whilst simultaneously raising $1800 in donations for Lifeline. Furthermore, I was inspired by the amazing participants who ran on the day: elderly, blind, disabled, paraplegics and the list goes on. This is not an article to toot my own horn; it is to show you that anyone can do it… even you!