Lorna Barrett Running The Hobart's Mothers Day Classic


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.