DI ALLMAN'S running journey started when she was 41, eleven years ago.
Her initial goal was to get fitter for netball, but that only proved to be the beginning.
She chose the 5 km loop around Scenic Dve, Echuca as her path where she’d look ahead and say to herself, “I’ll run to that tree”.
She would then walk and catch her breath and go again.
It didn’t take long before Di was running the full distance without stopping.
Di has proven to herself that running is good for her - it helps her to keep positive and sets her up for the day.
She’s happy to run solo and enjoys running with husband Tim.
She also loves sprint training as it’s great for improving fitness.
Di’s preference is to run in the morning and her base distance is 5km - she rarely runs less than this.
Di also likes to enter charity runs and has completed many 5km, 8km, 10km, 14km and 15km events and two half-marathons.
One event close to her heart is the Mother’s Day Classic, raising money for breast cancer.
This Mother’s Day she did this as a virtual event and ran 6km with Tim.
Running isn’t Di’s only passion.
She also loves horses and has two rescue horses - Monty and Millie.
She purchased both from Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary near Ballarat, where they had been rehabilitated and retrained after being rescued.
There’s nothing quite like taking the horses for a walk to Three Black Sheep in Moama and having a coffee.
Di is the school administration manager at Moama Public School.
She also contributes to the community as a committee member for Riding for the Disabled.
This group supports people with a disability to learn about horses and enjoy riding.
Unfortunately a broken ankle in 2018 resulted in Di having an eight-month break.
During this time she missed running and struggled to stay positive.
When she laced up her shoes again it didn’t take her long and she was back running 5km.
She’s recently had a break from running due to an illness but is now back at it.
It had been a few months but after only three runs she was running 5km.
Di has been told it’s muscle memory and her body remembers.
Di and Tim have planned holidays around parkrun locations.
Over the last few years she’s enjoyed parkruns in nine locations.
Di would never have believed it 10 years ago if someone had said she’d be running half-marathons in her 50s.
It’s an achievement she is rightly very proud of.
She recommends finding a running buddy and giving it a go.
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