Although she won’t admit it, this lady is a natural runner. A pocket rocket (or ‘bite-sized human’ as she likes to refer to herself), you will often find her at the front of the running pack making the hard yards look effortless. With a big goal of Ultra Trail Australia 50km in her sights this year, there’s plenty of hard work being done, which is always accompanied by plenty of laughs too! Meet Jun…
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a 38-years-old, X-files enthusiast and wine lover; married with two ‘entertaining’ kids Michael, 7 and Matilda, 4. To pay for my hobbies, I work as a Nephrologist – I treat people with kidney problems.
Tell us a bit about you and running – How? When? Why?
I started running exactly 3 weeks before I turned 38. I have always found swimming effortless but I have never been a runner. I was the kind of kid who hid in the bushes at school cross country and re-joined the pack on the last lap. I am the kind of adult who circles the block 5 times to find a parking spot closest to the shop. The few occasions I ran for the bus I promptly regretted it. BUT… I had always secretly wished I could one day complete a triathlon. To do that I would have to run. *Face palm*
I saw my colleague Rebecca Johnston’s various adventures in running on Facebook so I turned to her for advice. She directed me to Rachel, who told me I can. So now I think I can, I just have to prove it.
What’s the best thing about running for you?
The people I meet. The places I see. Oh, and the sexy tights!
What’s your favourite piece of running equipment?
What’s your biggest challenge with running?
Injury prevention. I have never had to worry about being injured in the water but on land it’s a different story. I self-diagnosed with a stress fracture using Doctor Google. I learnt that I needed a good physio, and that Doctor Google is not very accurate. Doh!
If you could invent a running or fitness tool or toy what would it be?
A running buddy who looks like Agent Mulder from the X-files.
Any tips for fellow runners?
I’m doctor googling – so clearly I have no tips. If you see me running by, throw tips at me!