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The Challenge

Updated: Jul 6, 2021

This new blog homework was going to be tricky - I work fulltime, study a degree part time and I’m a single mum to three kids, so it’s not like I have heaps of time or energy to devote to exercise.

The Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run

I decided to do the Bridge to Brisbane 10 km fun run.

I registered my team, and named it, after a group of bad-ass warrior women from Norse mythology.

Then I did a call out on Facebook to see if any of my friends wanted to join.

I told my kids and they wanted to do it with me.

That surprised me but I’m happy because they are choosing to do it and it’s something we can do together.

Added bonus: We’re fundraising for Broken to Brilliant!


My goal is to do it in under 60 minutes.

To achieve that goal, I’ve started training by running ten kilometres once a week and five kilometres

twice a week in the lead up to the event.

I do Parkruns on Saturday mornings, sometimes by myself or with my daughter or a friend.

I’ve also registered to run in a local marathon four weeks before the fun run, so it’ll be good training.

The challenges and how I overcome them

The hardest thing to overcome is the tiredness and lack of motivation.

When I get home from work it’s dark, so I don’t run outside. I go to the gym and run on the treadmill.

Going to the gym is the last thing I want to do after I’ve worked all day.

But I tell myself, “I’ll just go for 30 minutes. It’ll be fine.”

I get changed into my work-out gear, grab my prepacked bag and go.

Then I put on my Spotify pop music tunes and just hit it.

The music puts me in a good mood, boosts my motivation and makes me run harder.

And lastly, telling people what I plan to do keeps me accountable.

I’ve already announced to the world I’m doing the Bridge to Brisbane, so it would be pretty embarrassing if I piked.

What I get out of it

Well, I have to admit I’m a bit vain and the main thing I get out of running is it helps me keep my


I’m still the same size I was when I was a teenager – a size 6 – and I’m pushing 50.

Having a fit body allows me to wear amazing clothes.

And I always feel buzzed after a workout.

I have more energy and I move around with more pep.

It also puts me in a good mood.

And finally, it makes me a good role model for my kids.

Just do it

If you are thinking about doing a fun run, I’d say, “Go for it!” You can join my team.

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