I was the race announcer at yesterdays Sydney Marathon. One of the benefits about being the race announcer is that I can sneak in extra loud encouragement when a PCRG member crosses the line. Jason Hall, Matt Carrick and Mike Hansen ran extremely well however it was Cassie Smith who stole the show for me and tested my vocal cords with her fantastic 4.02. Cassie had a disappointing experience at Gold Coast this year and has showed true heart by bouncing back with her new pb. Good on you Cassie and well done Jason, Matt and Mike.
Suzy Stark started running so that she could wear her brother's trackie daks (spell?). Well if you don't believe me just check out her profile below.
The Coomera Half Ironman, the Melbourne Marathon and Half Marathon and also the New York Marathon are just a few of the events targeted by PCRG members in the near future. You will notice that I have noted a quote on my site 'To be prepared is half the victory.' I am therefore confidant that you will be @ The Ship Inn for our 5.40am departure tomorrow to take advantage of one more opportunity to improve your current fitness level (to prepare) with 70+ like minded individuals on a perfect spring morning!
Catch you in the morning for another fantastic PCRG start to your day.
I work for UQ at their mine in Indooroopilly as a comminution specialist, which means I break rocks. I live in West End, have lived in Brisbane all my life except for a couple of brief stints elsewhere and joined PCRG in October 06.
My favourite restaurant is any one with good food and good company.
My earliest childhood memory is my parents taking all 7 of us kids to Minnesota to live for a year. I was almost 4 and my eldest sister was 15. It was no Brady Bunch experience. Dad told Mum (who had never been overseas) that it was like packing for a trip to Sydney - apart from the -40 Deg temps in Winter (including wind chill)! We had head counts (9 heads) and luggage counts (36 items) at every airport, and one brother in the full swing of teen rebellion who refused to sit next to any family member on any flight. Now that I am an adult I can fully appreciate the bravery (or insanity) of my parents to even contemplate such a thing!!
My favourite movie is ..I can't decide! I am a sucker for romantic happy endings though, and action movies with charismatic lead actors.
Brisbane City is a wonderful place to live because it has a great climate and loads of friendly faces. But we all need to keep it like that! I don't want to live in a city like Melbourne where everyone wears black, nobody smiles at others in the street and the shop assistants look at you suspiciously if you say hello. (I know, a gross generalisation - sorry to everyone from Melbourne!).
My regular holiday destination is the beach. Australia has so many fantastic ones to choose from!
If money was no option I would travel overseas to run marathons in beautiful locations, and start up an Australia-wide campaign to look after our neighbours so that nobody has to be lonely in their own street again.
It frustrates me when people tell me they are too busy. Usually (but not always, I know) they have heaps of time if only they realised it.
I have been involved in running since high school. My brother was school cross-country champion and I loved his tracksuit pants. When he left home to join the army, I started running so I could wear them. Since then I have been hooked! My most memorable running experience so far is finishing the Gold Coast marathon this year. Entering it was a last minute decision, and more about finding a positive goal to channel my energies into while I was experiencing an otherwise really tough year. Next year if I do it, I hope it's more about the running and I hope to be more prepared.
I enjoy distance running because it has always been my escape, my time to think, my opportunity to push my body as far as it will go on any given day, and my means of keeping sane.
My favourite run is the West End/City/New Farm/University river loop or any part thereof.
Motivation is something I never usually have a problem with. My need to run usually overrules any inclination not to!
Injuries are sent to test our patience - and probably avoided if I took the time to stretch properly more often!
Joining PCRG was a turning point in my life because up until then you were an annoying bunch who got in my way when I was out on a run on my regular route sometimes. I eventually decided if you can't beat 'em!
PCRG is an extremely fun, supportive and like- minded group of people and I love being part of it (despite my initial misgivings - see above!).
I prefer running in the morning because you can be half-way through it before you even wake up.
Running is more of a mental challenge than a physical one. I find it difficult only when I tell myself I can't do it.
The best advice my Dad gave me was that a baby is never bad news. I was 20 and pregnant at the time. I suspect he was trying to convince himself more than me, though. But he was right - at least in my case! I have 4 great kids - 19, 16, 13 and 5 - and they are what inspire me most in many ways.
I will never regret the bad decisions I have made. Now I know what not to do next time.
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Brisbane's own ''Majer recruitment'' was recently voted Australia's favourite Generalist Small to Medium sized recruiter.
Thank you Majer Recruitment for being a PCRG sponsor.
Thank you ''The Ship Inn'' for being a PCRG sponsor.
Make sure you visit intraining @ Park Rd Milton for all your running needs.
Thank you intraining for being a PCRG sponsor.
Thank you pb sports nutriton for your ongoing support in providing product which is used at the group sessions.
If you fail to follow a sensible diet your body will not gain full benefit from all of those enjoyable and challenging runs and you won't recover as well as you possibly could.
Kerith Duncanson is an accredited dietician as well as a former International class runner. An online dietary assessment by Kerith may assist you to achieve your goal.
Kerith offers 20% off her advertised fees to any runners involved with me through online coaching or any runner who is a regular member of PCRG.