Dedication wins out
MARATHON: A group of local women has expended plenty of sweat and tears over the past six months to achieve a goal - which is exactly what they did.
On Saturday, June 30, six women and two supportive husbands took part in the gruelling Southern Cross University 10km Gold Coast Marathon.
"Some of us had never run before, done anything like this really,” Emma Rose from EmJ Personal Training and Group Fitness said.
"Back in January the girls decided they wanted a goal to work towards and I'd done a couple (marathons) before and this was a suggestion I made.”
Training kicked off as the ladies took their fitness up a notch with the support of Mrs Rose and regular visits to parkrun.
The Gold Coast run got under way at 6am and each managed to cross the line within and around the hour mark.
"They completed it all and felt really good afterwards,” Mrs Rose said.
"I definitely knew they could all do it. They themselves weren't sure ... fear of the unknown, I guess.
"We thought about whether we'd do it and raise money for charity and the like but in the end we decided this was more a personal self-discovery goal for them more tha anything else.”
The group is now talking about what challenge to tackle next.
"There's about 25 girls in what I call my 'fit for life group' and about eight are doing the Stadium Stomp at the end of the month at the Gabba,” Mrs Rose said.
"Then in September there's the Bridge to Brisbane so they're thinking of aiming to that.
"Now having done this one they're all very keen to do more.”
For Mrs Rose, it was a rewarding experience.
"So proud - their commitment to themselves is what really got me excited,” she said.
"Two were sick leading up to it and one did an injury the Tuesday prior so she was in doubt. But they stuck to it. They've gone from not only not running but not even exercising prior to this.”