3 weeks ago
Karin Schwindack “It keeps me sane and keeps me happy. It keeps me fit. Because it’s a fairly easy sport I can do it anytime. I'm not dependent on anything or anybody and I'm fairly free to do it. I can run at 4 in the morning or at 5 in the afternoon. You can go anytime really.
I like how you feel after a run.
When I started running, I had just given up smoking and I was in-between jobs. So I didn't have any money to spend on a gym or anything like that.
We had a park in front of the house and because I didn't have a job at the time I was going at midday and I just went from lamp post to lamp post in pyjama bottoms and a t-shirt. And I never looked back. Then I was doing a whole lap and then I was doing two and then I signed up for 10K race and then that just kept going. When I got pregnant I still kept running as long as I was able to.
After the first baby, I had a running buggy then with the second baby I had a double running buggy. It was like a full-body workout you know walking, talking, singing, handing out food or books.
The longer distances only came when we moved here. I've run up to a half marathon and I've done a couple of them a year until like eight years ago. And then when we moved here I was finally able to join a running club.
In longer races you just have to push through, it helps if there's somebody waiting at the finish line. So if the girls are waiting there's just no way you stop. You just have to finish.
You have to start with the first step. You have to start somewhere. If you can't go to a park or go to a nice location is there another way of doing it? Can you run up and down the staircase 20 times?
But start with the first step, you need to start somewhere. And even if it if it's a bit tough, don't give up, walk and shuffle and just take it slow. I find it's very rewarding if you keep on going and you don't have to compare yourself to marathon runners or whatever, you have to compare yourself to yourself. You didn't run that far yesterday but you ran further today so that's all that matters." Karin just returned from running the Surf Coast Century in Melbourne, her first 100km event!