Wow, what an interesting few weeks here in Shepparton!! Things just went a bit nuts there for a bit there… and in all the surrealism, we lost track of time (I’m still not even sure what day it is…. “Blursday”?). However, here it is….better late than never.
We know that some of you have done it really tough, being forced into quarantine, which has meant either a hiatus from running, or the back yard lawn copped a beating from the continuous circle work (I admire those that still managed their 4 or 5 kms a day in the back yard!!). What was really evident to me was the support our community including our running community) gave one another while this virus has a little visit to our town. Checking in on one another, helping get supplies to those that were in quarantine, and generally being there when they were needed.
Hopefully, the next few days/weeks sees us able to get back to something a little more normal and we can see each other face to face again. In the meantime, our hearts go out to those in our community that have been affected by covid, and we hope that those unwell, recover soon.
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Happy reading and…….. Keep Running 😉
– Chris Armstrong
5k – 28:14
10K – 1:00:09
What got you running, and when was that?
I’ve had an on and off relationship with running since my early 20s. I mainly started running for two reasons back then, I needed an outlet for stress, and I also had two dogs that had to be exercised each day so running seemed like the perfect activity. Six years ago, I moved to Australia from Mexico. Between working and overcoming all the hurdles that go with being a new immigrant, I stopped exercising and my health took a toll. In September 2019 I was diagnosed with a series of issues, and I knew I had to commit to a change.
I’ve been running again since then and for the first time in my life, have used every tool available to learn how to do it properly, which has made all the difference in allowing me to train consistently. Last year, when my husband and I moved to Shepparton, I was very excited to learn about the Shepparton Runner’s Club and joined. I’d always run solo, but it’s been wonderful finding community through the group. Running is becoming a lifestyle and means so much more to me than just exercise. It’s what I like to refer to as my ‘great equaliser’ and something I am grateful to be able to do, as it makes me fall in love with my life, among many other benefits.
Have you competed in many events, and which is your favourite?
To date, I think I’ve only competed in three races so I’m a real newbie when it comes to events. However, I have enjoyed the collective energy and find that my competitive spirit comes out. It’s amazing what happens when you begin running in sync with others! I recently ran Run Melbourne virtually with my dog, since we were in lockdown here in Shepp, and achieved a PB and was able to fundraise for an asylum seeker organisation, which added another layer of meaning to my running. I’ll be running the trail circuit at the Shepparton Running Festival.
Tell us your favourite pizza.
Cannot beat a wood-fired margarita. However (and I know this is contentious!) if we’re going for delivery, then something involving pineapple!
What upcoming goals do you have in your running?
Moving forward, I’d like to eventually be able to complete a half-marathon as well as do more events around the state. I’d like to get faster eventually, but at the moment it’s all about maintaining consistency and sustainability.
The 9th September is R UOK? Day. Given the challenging few weeks we have just experienced, now might be a good time to check in with those around you, just to make sure that they are really ok. Sometimes just taking the time to chat makes a lot of difference, and if you or some one close to you needs some support, please make sure you reach out, and contact some one that can help.