COMMUNITY BLOG.

On fathers day we caught up with father and son duo Tim and Sam Wells to find out what it means to be a running dad at RunAsOne!
Measurability is a concept in life that both attracts and deters people from varying endeavours, careers, or simple hobbies. Measuring ourselves can certainly be confronting, and the results aren’t always what we want to see or hear.

Since it was a small field, I was running on my own for the most part, which I didn’t mind, as the music coming through the Airpods kept me motivated. I started out at 4:50 min/km which slipped out to 56 min/km as I tried to conquer the 28km, 550m elevation uphill component of the marathon. My Strava data would show that I completed kilometre 38 in 5 minutes and 22 seconds. This was the last kilometre I would run.

After the devastating cancellation of the 2021 Gold Coast marathon festival, I was as grateful as anyone to arrive on the Gold Coast 12 months later without injury or illness. The weather was perfect, the work had been done with my RunAsOne team mates, and I was in PB shape! However, my first two attempts at this distance have taught me that it doesn’t care how fast you can run through half way! PB’s in this race are earned in the second half; a far less predictable territory of running than I am used to….

Mother’s Day in 2022 is RunAsOne’s third, and we are so grateful to have even more to celebrate than we did in 2021! Leading by example with their discipline and work ethic, the mums of RunAsOne are the glue that keeps our group together, as well as consistently being the ones to extend a welcoming hand to newcomers. The mums of RunAsOne are determined, selfless, and tough! This year, we caught up with just a few of our mums to hear about life as a runner from their perspective.

Mark mid-February down on your calendars for a PB attempt anywhere in Adelaide! The weather was absolutely perfect over the weekend, and it was great to see many RunAsOne athletes making the most of the opportunities provided! On Saturday night our home city played host to some world class athletics at ASA stadium, before Semaphore Beach provided ideal conditions on Sunday morning for 60 RunAsOne team mates to attempt a personal best time over 5 or 10km. At both events, it was equally pleasing to see the many RunAsOne shirts and caps supporting our representatives from the sidelines!

For Adelaide’s inaugural On Squad Race, a warm and windy Glenelg evening greeted nearly 200 runners prepared to tackle a technical 5km course that consisted of 4 x 1.25km loops.  On the scenic esplanade just south of Moseley square, the team at On Running had created a fantastic event village, and had subsequently attracted a great crowd. Equipped with complimentary cow bells, spectators and teammates generated a lot of energy throughout the night in order to help competitors across the finish line. RunAsOne took advantage of this opportunity for a positive start to 2022, and were thrilled to boast the most entrants on the night. Leading our 16 teams home, RunAsOne teams 1 and 10 secured overall victory in both the men’s and women’s categories respectively, and took home some very generous prizes from On! Behind them, there were many more fantastic runs from our 8 male teams, 4 female teams, and 4 mixed teams. 

At 6am on the 12th of December 2021, the sound of 7000 foot steps echoed throughout the streets of Melbourne on their way to the start line of the Melbourne Marathon! After nearly 2 years of cancellations and postponements, there was a unique mixture of both relief and excitement among the thousands of runners and supporters assembled just outside the MCG. However, there was little time for complacency, and the usual rush of adrenaline made an oddly welcome return as the starter began to count down from ten, and the sound of beeping wrist watches silenced the nervous small talk. Among the masses on the start line that day, Jen Robertson stood poised as a picture of health and fitness.