I got a lot of inspiration to run the 60 kilometre in one go from seeing people I follow, who work 9-5 jobs, completing the Melbourne marathon earlier this year. I thought; why can’t I do 60 kilometre in a day? I like setting challenges for myself – it’s been ingrained in me from football and I need that carrot dangling there at the end for me to chase. I’d never done anything like it before, so was really looking forward to it, not only because of what I thought I could get out of it for Movember (aim of raising $10,000), but also for myself – setting a goal and a big challenge to work towards. I love that euphoric feeling you get at the end!
Where is the 60 kilometre run and who is running with you?
I’ve threw an open invite out to anyone that wanted to join in on the run! A few mates put their hand up to run a few 10 kilometre legs with me including Alex Rance, Shane Edwards and Ivan Maric. It was great to have them onboard and break up the run with someone different to talk to each 10 kilometres. When you’re running that distance you need your support team with you! Samantha Gash, Global lululemon Ambassador, also helped out with my hydration and nutrition. Sam was unreal because she’s obviously done much bigger runs than this and gave me a heads up about what I’d be feeling mental and physically throughout the run. In terms of a track, I had a few in mind. I went with Mount Martha to St Kilda which was 60 kilometres all up!
How can the community support you and get behind Movember?
The best way people can support is by talking to each other. I would almost prefer that than a donation. If one person messaged me and says they haven’t been feeling right and they spoke to someone about it because I prompted them and they feel better – then that’s the biggest outcome I could get out of it.
Finally, what are your personal pipeline goals and aspirations for 2020 and beyond?
I’m taking everything in my stride at the moment, I’ve got my café Ascot Food Store which we are just finishing up renovations at and we are planning on opening up a couple of nights with a brand new menu. I’m really excited to get it up and running as a great place to eat at night, but also somewhere you can go for breaky, brunch or lunch. On top of that, I’ve got a Fitness First collaboration coming up that I’ve been working on and am open to anything else that comes along throughout the year as long as it’s something I’m passionate about! Life’s too short to do something you’re not interested and excited about!