Cathy Liu's progression to 10k PB 37.39

By Cathy Liu

I began running with Rejoov in October 2017 as I was keen to try track running after only focussing on road running for the last 4 years. I was feeling quite nervous and intimidated at the thought of track racing but Greta was always such a calming, cheery and encouraging influence. The track training sessions were the perfect preparation both physically and mentally.

 Cathy Liu Striders 10k March 2018

Cathy Liu Striders 10k March 2018

Greta makes sure the environment is fun, relaxed and encouraging, while still pushing us to work hard and give our best. The other Rejoov runners were a joy to train with as everyone is so supportive of each other. These sessions quickly became the highlight of my training week, which far surpassed my original expectations (which was the exact opposite!).

 Cathy and track training buddies Jade, Brendan, Fred & Neil

Cathy and track training buddies Jade, Brendan, Fred & Neil

Following the track season, I began following training programs prescribed by Greta to work towards new road racing goals. These programs are great as they are tailored to my circumstances, including my goals, injuries (both previous and current), any injury-prone areas and schedule.

 Cathy track 5000m champs PB  

Cathy track 5000m champs PB  

Greta is a very attentive and personable coach, checks in every week without fail and adjusts the program as needed. She is also always open to discussing any ideas or thoughts I have (no matter how crazy they were!). During my time under Greta's tutelage, I always felt the belief she had in my ability to reach my goals (which was often more than the belief I had in myself) and I was always encouraged and cheered on every time we hit a hurdle.

 Cathy bronze medal in the Novice 10k XC Champs St George - Ramsgate April 2018

Cathy bronze medal in the Novice 10k XC Champs St George - Ramsgate April 2018

It's no surprise that in the few months that I've been coached by Greta, I got a 5k PB (18.15) and, ultimately, a 38 second 10k PB (37.39) despite a preparation that was hampered by a hip injury. In short, I can't thank Greta and Rejoov enough for the new running experiences I've gained, all that I've learnt and all the friends I've made in the last 8 months. 

 Cathy Sydney 10k finish May 2018 PB 37.39

Cathy Sydney 10k finish May 2018 PB 37.39

 Cathy and buddies post Sydney 10k - everyone happy :) 

Cathy and buddies post Sydney 10k - everyone happy :)