Why I Run: Imogen
City2Surf 2019 is only 18 days away so we wanted to ask, “Why do you run?”
We sat down with Imogen, our amazing UTS Uni program coordinator, to find out what gets her motivated to put on her runners.
When you’re not running, what are you up to?
I find myself trying to change things up often because it keeps the variety going! I enjoy boxing and swimming mostly.
I feel that I can switch off in those moments and take that time for myself. I always feel way more relaxed after these forms of exercise.
How does running and physical exercise help you manage your mental health?
Running and physical activity quite literally keeps my mental health in check.
If I don’t make time for it, I really start to feel unsettled.
I always feel so much better about myself and the day when I know I’ve taken the time to be outside and away from distractions.
I find that sometimes it is hard to get up in the morning (especially when it is cold) but I always remind myself of the feeling you get after completing exercise, and that feeling to me is priceless.
In 3 words, tell us about some of those ‘good vibe’ feelings you have after a run?
Your energy is up. Your outlook for the day (or afternoon) is clear. Your ability to tackle the day is set in stone.
When did you start running?
When I was in year 12.
I had one goal of year 12 and that was to win a race. So I put my mind to it and won the Cross Country!
Where is your favourite location to run?
Personally, I love getting out to a national park for a run.
There is nothing like being able to run along a trail where there is no one else and the only sound is the sound of the bush!
I feel really at ease in this environment and feel totally disconnected from the usual grind of the city and technology.
Do you like exercising with other people or do you prefer to ride solo?
I love exercising solo.
I find that this is an opportunity to take a breath and refocus on what I’m trying to achieve from a particular moment.
Tell us about some of your healthy recipes or favourite healthy snacks that keep you going on the run.
Can’t go wrong with a banana and a handful of nuts.
How excited are you for City2Surf?
This is my first year Running for the Herd and I couldn’t be more proud and happier to be a part of this!
What motivates you to get you out on a run?
Making the most of your morning.
We can get caught up with busy schedules or catching up with friends and family, so I’m a big believer in sacrificing 30 minutes of sleep to get up extra early and take that time for you!
You are the only one who can control or impact decisions for your everyday: why not take charge and make positive changes to your physical and mental wellbeing?
Get amongst the action and help make a difference to the lives of young people. Register to ‘Run for the Herd’ in the 2019 City2Surf or the Bridge to Brisbane!