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When and why did you first encounter 2XU?
I first started wearing 2XU Compression in 2008 when I began running as part of a fitness program, following the birth of my third child and tragic, sudden death of my husband. I had previously participated in team sports at a social level, but had an inconsistent approach to a healthy lifestyle. My exercise routine became so much more important to me whilst dealing with raising three young children and coping with grief and loss.
What was your first purchase?
I first purchased a pair of full length 2XU Compression Tights. After my first outing in them, I have not run without them since.
What was your feedback to the garment?
I love how the Compression garments make my legs feel firm and in control. I was about 15kg overweight when I started running, so having the tight fit of the Compression Tights kept all the wobbly bits far more comfortable.
What is your proudest sporting accomplishment?
My proudest sporting accomplishment was crossing the finish line of the Adelaide Marathon in August 2013, at a time of 3:56:30. I achieved my goal of running a sub 4 hour marathon. My eldest son was volunteering at the event and handed me the medal, and with so many of my family and running friends there to celebrate with me, it was a wonderful day.
When did you first set yourself a goal to achieve this, and why?
It was 2010 when I first decided I wanted to run a marathon, before I turned 40 years old. At first I thought I might only ever run one marathon so I wanted to make it a big event and I planned to run the New York Marathon ten days before my birthday in 2012.
I trained for 2 years to prepare myself, only to arrive in New York and experience the marathon being cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. It was a huge lesson in perspective, as I grappled with the disappointment of my plans being changed by a natural disaster, in the midst of a community being devastated, it occurred to me how grateful I was that I had achieved the health and fitness lifestyle I always wanted in my quest for my goal.
I had the unique opportunity of running an unofficial marathon of 42.2km in Central Park instead, which spurred me on to maintain my training. I ran the Barossa Marathon in May 2013 in a time of 4:00:28, and after being so close to reaching my goal of a sub 4 hour marathon, it was extremely satisfying to finally achieve it in August 2013, in the Adelaide marathon.
What role did 2XU play in this journey?
I wear 2XU garments in all my training. I train every day of the week, whether I’m running, cycling or in the gym. I wore my 2XU Compression when I travelled on the flights overseas to New York, which helped aid in my preparation and recovery.
What is your advice to others considering a challenge like this?
I would suggest that others make a detailed training program, and a plan of how to follow it. It’s important to take it slowly at first and methodically follow an incremental increase in effort and intensity. Make training part of your everyday routine and a priority over other tasks and commitments in your life, and enlist supportive friends and family to train with you.
What is yur favourite 2XU piece of apparel?
My favourite piece of apparel is the 2XU Elite Compression Tights. They are very comfortable to wear, easy to wash and dry overnight ready for the consecutive days of training. I also wear a 2XU Compression Top when running, a 2XU Cap and 2XU Socks on every outing.
Why do you choose 2XU?
2XU products are the most comfortable sporting apparel to run in that I have ever worn. I like the fit, and how it helps manage chaffing and assists in recovery.
What is next for you on the sporting horizon?
I have discovered a love of cycling, and have recently started more swimming, so In 2014 I plan to combine them and train for my first Triathlon, an Olympic distance event, in Victor Harbour. I also plan on the Bupa challenge in the Tour Down Under, then the Barossa and Adelaide Marathons.