Athletes

Kay Widdows

KayWiddows

What is your age?

53 years

What is your job?

Office Manager


What do you do for fun?

Run & patchwork and quilting

 

When did you start running?

About 5 years ago.

 

What time are you aiming for with your next event? Will this be your personal best or your debut at the distance?

60 mins for 10 kms. Would be a PB if attained

 

Why do you run?

Pure enjoyment of having the wind in your face and to keep fit

What is favourite training session?

Intervals.

What is your long-term running goal?

To do another half marathon and 10 kms sub 60 mins.

What do you think of Marathon Guru?

Love the programme as it makes you accountable to someone, even if it is just yourself. The variety of run types is excellent as well so you don't get bored.
 
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What is your age? 39

What is your job? IT Analyst - a lot of sitting at a desk and talking on the phone

What do you do for fun? Running, reading, Surf Club with my kids, swimming, cooking and eating

When did you start running? July 2009. I weighed as much as I did shortly before my twins were born and decided enough was enough. I'd never been a runner but thought I'd give it a go. At first I couldn't run the whole distance between two power poles, but I built up my stamina and can now run for well over 20km without stopping. I've also lost the equivalent of one of my 7 year olds in weight.

What time are you aiming for with your next event? Will this be your personal best or your debut at the distance? Under 1 hr 55 minutes for the Cadbury Half Marathon. I did it last year with very limited preparation due to ITB problems, so this will be aiming for a personal best.

Why do you run? So I can eat whatever I like. I have no plans to go back to the size 18/20 that I was, I much prefer the 10/12 body shape I now have. And I get a buzz out of the physical activity, pushing myself to reach a goal, competing in fun runs. I also have so much more energy now to be active with my kids, but also to enjoy the simple things like gardening or going for a walk that were more of a chore before.

What is favourite training session? The long run - the first 2 or 3 km I always struggle and question why I am doing this - then I hit my zone and it becomes a real release.

Do you have long-term goal in running? I'd like to train for a full marathon for next year and run with my brother who really helped me out in the early stages. A big one - maybe Sydney, Melbourne or Gold Coast (okay, I'm Tasmanian so anything out of the state would have to be a 'big' one). Really long-term, I'd like to say I'd done one international event - Boston or New York Marathons perhaps.

What do you think of Marathon Guru? I've only been using it for a couple of weeks but so far it is fantastic. My training up until now has really just consisted of running 2 or 3 times a week at whatever pace feels right on the day. My eyes have been opened up to how much more I can do with a proper training schedule and the Marathon Guru is like having someone watch over you to make sure you do it. So far, I am about 4 minutes under my goal time - early days yet - so I'm finding it very motivational to complete each session to the best of my ability, rather than just cruising through inside my comfort zone.

 

 
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