GUEST BLOG #9 – Why do you run?

Hello readers,

This guest blog of ‘Why do you run?’ is brought to you by Kim from LeatherandWeather.  Find out all about how Kim got started running and what her 2020 running goal is.


1. Why did you start running?

I started running because I told everyone that I was going to run a half marathon. I ran my mouth off to so many people that I had to follow through with it. So December 2017, I started to learn how to run. My first continuous running distance I ran was 1.5km. I was 34.95 years old, quite overweight, unfit and I wondered how the heck I was going to get to 21km by April 2018.

2. What motivates you to keep running?

Initially, my only motivation to keep running was so I could finish the race in April. Eventually I started running for myself. Now, running is a personal commitment, I run every second day.

3. What is your favourite distance and why?

My favourite distance is the distance between my office to my front door, which is 7km. It’s also a beautiful run, across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past the majestic Opera House, along the Botanic Gardens and up towards the famous neon Coca Cola sign of Kings Cross. Even though I have lived in Sydney for a long time, these sights still take my breath away.

My least favourite are the long training runs. However, they are the ones that give me immense pleasure once they are completed.

4. Tell me about your most memorable race.

The Canberra Half Marathon in April was my most memorable race. It wasn’t a hard course, fast time or a pretty finish, but it was the hardest thing I have ever asked my body to do. Really big feelings and thoughts followed that race and continue to change my life. It sounds all esoteric, but it was life changing. And hard. But great. It also hurt. But the best hurt you will ever have.

Since then, I have run a few races and I really love the whole race event thing! You get to see the absolute best places and meet the best people from all walks of life. The medals hang proudly in my lounge room. My next race is the City2Surf in Sydney on August 12th, it’s a beautiful 14km fun run, but 80,700 people went last year, so it’s more like a running party.

5. What did you learn about yourself training for this race?

The training that went into that half marathon was rough. It hurt pretty bad initially – and some days it was overwhelming and all too much. I needed to learn how to eat better, how to sleep more, make better use of my time and I also annoyed everyone around me. There was a lot of mental preparation that went into it.  I learnt the value of a promise to yourself.

I thought I was ready but when I look back, I could have done with a few more months of training at longer distances. But then again, I needed that race. It was the springboard to so many other things. I am running another half in September, so I am curious how the two will compare.

6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

I read a meme somewhere that said “set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person who can”. It has resonated with me, and I have set some pretty big lofty goals – the biggest one being the Shotover Moonlight Marathon in New Zealand for 2020. Thinking about it makes me terrified and inspired all at the same time – so I must be on the right track.


Thanks for reading, and as always, if you want to feature as a guest blogger please let me know.

Gillian x

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