Just a few short years ago, if someone told me that running would someday be my greatest passion, I would have laughed in disbelief.
It took me 27 years to find a running rhythm—I didn’t exercise often, I would jog around 3-4 kilometers every two weeks. However, things started to shift in 2005 when I signed up for the Austrian Women’s Run. After I experienced the rush of racing, my relationship with running took off—I had no goals in mind, I just wanted to get out and run.
Fast forward a few years, in 2010 I found myself on the starting line of my first half marathon. This was one of the defining points in my running journey to date.
Today, running helps me to feel free and enjoy my personal time, but also allows me to explore my limits. It feels good to push yourself and then be able to look back on all the shattered barriers, growth and knowledge you’ve collected along the way. I have finished seven marathons, along with many half marathons and shorter races, as well as a half ironman (triathlon). The endurance I’ve built to become a runner has made me more persistent, determined and structured, even in my personal life.
On May 27, 2018, I will be attending the ASICS Austrian Women’s Run for the 10th time. This year, the goal is not to surpass my PR time, but to help other women to achieve their personal goals — it will be my debut as a pacemaker.
No matter what level of experience these women have in running, I know from personal experience that this race can be a moment of true inspiration—I have run this race as a beginner, as a motivated runner, as a coach of my women’s running group, and as a supported, ambitious runner. Each time, I have been able to look at this race through a different lens and been left with an entirely different experience.
I’m looking forward to watching these 35,000 women come together, pursue their goals, and celebrate being passionate about running. Follow my journey on Instagram.