First Run of 2017

Tuggeranong hosted a special Parkrun on New Year’s Day so my first run of the year.  Considering I ran The Ginninderra Park Run yesterday under hot and humid conditions I actually felt good and ran quite well. It is a pretty course along the lake.

The good thing about today’s run was that I met Bruce Graham (who, in the 50-54 age group came first with a time of 16 minutes 57 seconds).  He is a renowned runner in Canberra and so many people have recommended I start training with his Saturday morning training group at Mt Stromlo.  I will try and do this several times a month and see if I can pick up some speed and advice about form and training etc.  Just in casual conversation with him I could tell he is a bit of a running fanatic and I am sure his wealth of knowledge must have helped many runners in Canberra.

I need to get some sort of training plan together for the New York Marathon.  I watched ‘Run for Your Life’ Yesterday which is a documentary about the origins of The New York Marathon and its founder – a Romanian immigrant Fred Lebow (shortened from Lebowitz).  He died from brain cancer in 1994 at age 62.  Though he ran marathons all over the world at a rate of one a month he never actually ran his own in New York until 1992.  He was not fast but consistent and dedicated and an inspiration in that respect for older runners like me.  I also watched the repeat of ‘One Plus One’ where Jane Hutcheon interviewed Daniela Di Tori – a para-olympinan.  Daniela does not like to be considered ‘inspirational’ for managing her normal activities of daily life but her attitude towards her situation in life and her two sports, tennis and table tennis, truly are just that – inspirational.  Well worth watching – here is the link.

About the Author



Jennifer Kellett established Hawker Place Physiotherapy in 1991 and is the principal practitioner of the family run practice. Jenny has served the local communities of Belconnen and North Canberra with commitment and pride for over 26 years. She is a strong advocate for maintaining fitness, health and well being across all age groups and has a keen professional interest in combining Pilates with weight training for treating postmenopausal women at risk of osteoporosis.


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