How often do you run a week?
“So when I’m in full marathon training, I train 6 days a week, and one of those days is a very slow easy run, to get in some recovery miles. Those miles are not wasted miles, they are really important miles.”
How do you control your breathing whilst running? Any tips or advice?
“I am a Yoga and Pilates Instructor, and I teacher 2-3 times a week. I think learning how to control my breath, especially when I’m holding a really hard pose, really does help control my breathing when I’m running a marathon or when I’m sprinting because I’m very aware of my breath and it can keep my heart rate down. I would recommend yoga for runners, I think it is such an amazing practise to learn how to control your breath, in a situation where you aren’t comfortable.”
Who is your fitness inspiration and why?
“I have a lot so that is hard to answer with just 1 person. As far as a fitness inspiration person goes, for me, I love runners. There’s something amazing about being a marathon runner.
One of the people that I absolutely love is actually a real life friend and it is Sarah Sellers. (@sarah_sellers) and she got 2nd place in the Boston Marathon in 2018 and she really inspires me because she is also a nurse and she runs very competitively. I think she is amazing.”
What is something most of your followers may not know about you?
“I think most of them know that I’m a Mom and I enjoy being a Mom, but most may not know that I was a Music Major in College. I’m actually a music teacher and I teach flute and guitar to kids every week.”
What was your first competitive race and why did you decide to enter?
“In High School, I really wanted to be a runner and I was really awful at running. I was terrible at it and I didn’t love it, so I signed up for my first short race the summer after I got married. Then after I had my kids, my first real race was a half marathon, my daughter was only 7 months old, which was the Hobble Creek Half in 2007. It was after this that I really got the running bug. Then my first marathon was the St George Marathon in 2008, and I have done 18 marathons since then.”
Do you have a favourite motivational quote?
I have so many but this is one of my favourite ones.
“You are not competing with anyone else. You are only competing with yourself to do the best with whatever you have received.” – L.Tom Perry
I like that one because I think when you race a lot it can get really intimidating and you start comparing yourself to other people, and it can be really mentally detrimental so always remind yourself that you are not competing with anybody else. That’s something my parents taught me and also something I learnt whilst being a competitive swimmer for 10 years.”