Cassandra Garlick's 10k pb highlight and her positive mindset & training tips:
Where did you get your 10k pb?:
Cass: The Sydney Harbour 10km in July. Not planned so it was a very pleasant surprise. I don’t enjoy 10km races and only ran because I won the entry and was outed on Facebook!
What does a pb and running well mean to you?:
Cass: It’s a great feeling to know that all the hard work is paying off I must admit, however the time is not my main motivator. I’m not a fast or talented runner, so it’s all about getting out there and doing my best on the day.
What do you attribute your pb to?:
Cass: Definitely the Rejoov Group sessions on Tuesday and Friday, which I started coming to in May. I always avoided speed work in the past as I didn’t like being out of my comfort zone. Training with the group has challenged me – both mentally and physically. I felt relaxed and mentally strong on the day (that’s rare) and everything just clicked. Running away from the 60 min pacers at the 8km mark was a brief but awesome feeling.
Positives of running/daily exercise regime?:
Cass: Outside of the obvious (health & fitness), you get to run around with your buddies several times a week and see parts of Sydney you probably wouldn’t see. I can’t believe I used to run 3 times a week on the treadmill at the gym. On the same treadmill too!
Advice you'd give to someone in a motivational slump?:
Remember why you run. If you’re like me it’s about sociability, wellbeing, the sense of achievement and the camaraderie. I think about those things when my running mojo isn’t quite there (as has been the case over the last few weeks).
Things coming up you're looking forward to?:
Cass: The Blackmores Half in September – such a lovely course and running over the bridge and finishing at the Opera House is pretty special. Marathon day is 1 November, but not thinking about that yet, too nervous!