Road Runners interview - Anna and Anneke

Meet Anna and Anneke: Running buddies and Road Runners regulars. These two friends share their journey into running and the importance of consistency, support, and celebrating every little win.

Tell us a bit about yourselves

Anna - I’m Anna, I work as a social worker. I love to bake sweet treats. My ideal Saturday looks like a jog with friends followed by a trusty flat white & pastry.

Anneke - My name is Anneke, I work in youth mental health. I love food, coffee, and anything outdoors!

How did you get into running / what does your running journey look like?

Anna - Last November I laced up my shoes and went for a puffy 2km walk/jog. The next day I did it again, then I did it again. I am now 4 weeks out from running my first full marathon, something I never thought someone like me could even attempt. Consistency is a beautiful thing.

Anneke - I like trying new things and am currently dabbling in running, I have been getting into it more consistently since March. It’s helpful to have friends like Anna who are always there to give me kudos on Strava.

How did you hear about RR? What was the first session like for you?

Anna - Anneke has a very persuasive personality and sent me the link on Instagram so naturally I had no choice. I loved the first session even though I find the strength side very humbling.

Anneke - I saw it on Instagram, but I don’t like doing things alone so dragged Anna with me.

Do you have a running motto or mantra? What keeps you going while you’re running?

Anna – Not long ago my brother was pacing me for a 5km PB and in a moment of struggle he said ‘’you’ve come to do this thing, and you’re going to do it’’. I choose to see doing hard things as a privilege.

Anneke - Have a destination, ideally somewhere with good coffee

What would you say to someone who is unsure about coming to Road Runners?

Anna - Come with a buddy, or come and make a buddy.

Anneke - It’s heaps of fun and only lasts 45 minutes.

Outside of our fortnightly sessions, what is your relationship with exercise/movement?

Anna – My relationship with exercise today is a stark contrast to this time last year. I jog quite a bit during the week. I’m going from couch to marathon in 11 months so just trying to make sure the wheels don’t fall off before I get to the start line.

Anneke - I do a mix of running and swimming during the week and often make exercise a social event

Could you tell us 3 pieces of advice you would give to someone on their mental and/or physical health?

  1. Consistency is key; small, regular efforts add up. Rome wasn't built in a day.
  2. Never underestimate the power of a good night's sleep.
  3. Celebrate every little win, and don't forget to bring your friends along on the  journey!