Hi, I’m Kristy Williams. I’m a 35 year old corporate office worker and mother of two. I always loved sport at school, doing cross country and it was nothing for me to run 10kms after school most days. I played basketball in college and then played soccer until 2006.
Following the birth of my two children (in 2007 & 2009) I decided in January 2013 it was finally time to get healthy. I joined the gym for the first time in my life. I went to the gym 5-6 days a week. I started running on the treadmill and slowly built it up to 5kms. For the next 3 months you would see me at the gym every single work day and most Saturday’s and I would run 5kms. In this 3 months I lost 11kgs and felt the best I had in a very long time. It was then I registered to do my very first fun run, the B&E Run the Bridge 5km. I ran the whole way and I still remember running across that finish line, I was so proud of myself. I instantly become addicted. I loved nothing more than getting outside and running. I did lots more that year including my first half marathon, the Point to Pinnacle. I still remember the feeling once I reached the top of that mountain. I had the biggest smile on my face ever! I couldn’t believe I had conquered that mountain. I decided then I would do it every year until I couldn’t do it anymore.
I recently did the City2Surf in Sydney, my first interstate run and it was absolutely AMAZING! I will also be doing the Melbourne Half Marathon in October. Since I started running, it has been my dream to achieve the big one, a marathon! I have done 6 half marathons previously, but I have never trained. So I am training for my first marathon to prove to myself that I can do it. To show myself you can do anything you put your mind too.
The first 3 weeks of training has been great. I won’t lie, I was a little daunted when I first received my program. Five days of running per week, working full time and most importantly being a mum to Charlotte & Hunter. TRR have put together an awesome personalised program and I haven’t missed a session. I was surprised at how good I felt despite the increased workload. Going from running once a fortnight to 5 days a week! It has taken a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment but I know it will all be worth it on 15th January 2017. I am really looking forward to the next 19 weeks of training.
My goal for Cadbury Marathon day, is to finish the race with a smile. I have no time frame that I want to finish it in, but just do my best I am sure all my hard work and training will finally pay off. I can’t wait to cross the finish line, it will be the most incredible moment of my life.
Good luck to the other Make Me A Marathoner participants and anyone else running their first marathon!