Running Sisters | Ingrid Farrant

By Brayden May

FOR 42-year-old Ingrid Farrant, running makes everything better.

When Ingrid’s routine includes running, she feels better, thinks better, sleeps better and eats better.

It’s a great incentive to lace up the running old shoes and head out the door.

As a mum of two young boys, Harry and Sam, a daily run is like fixing her oxygen mask first - she’s a better mum and wife when she runs.

There’s nothing like a quick three to five kilometres to kick start her into the day.

Ingrid enjoyed a healthy lifestyle growing up but didn’t discover her love of physical activity until her early adult years.

Her running journey began in her uni days, when she lived on campus in Melbourne.

She loved to run around Princess Park and the Botanical Gardens, especially with housemates and friends.

These days Ingrid runs for enjoyment, fitness and health.

Gym work is also a passion and she likes to fit in a couple of weight and functional training classes each week.

These are scheduled around school drop off times, day care and work as a pharmacist.

Ingrid enjoys winter running and happily pops on a beanie and gloves to embrace the chilly mornings.

She’s happy to run solo, but equally enjoys “pack running”.

Laurie Edmonstone’s Echuca Saturday morning running group was always a favourite – particularly doing interval and speed work.

Attending this group was a turning point for Ingrid and took her running to the next level.

Now that running is back in the picture, Ingrid looks forward to returning to the running pack.

Although Ingrid prefers running short to mid distances, she has ticked off a half marathon.

She accomplished this in 2010 in her early 30s, before kids and when time was her own.

She followed a training plan with an aim to complete the 21.1 kms in two hours.

The night before, her friend encouraged her to try for a quicker time and gave her a one hour 50 seconds timing band.

Ingrid was thrilled to complete the distance and made her friend proud.

Ingrid and husband Anthony were married in 2012.

Since then they’ve participated in events including Sweat vs Steam, Run Melbourne and Run 4 Kids.

Her favourite running moment was in 2019 when at Run Melbourne as part of the Johnno’s Run team with Harry.

Harry was only five, and she coached him through the 5km run.

He wanted to do well so she pushed him along and they finished in 33:59.

Ingrid has a desire for her kids to be ‘movers’.

With both she and Anthony such positive role models, the boys are off to a great start.

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