Meet one of our favourite runners. If Rachel is Yoda, then perhaps Diala is Obi Wan, wise, loyal and strong in spirit. Read all about her here and keep an eye on this page for more profiles of our favourite Rachel’s Runners.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Diala. I love running, food and my family! I love travelling, cooking and trying new cuisines.
Tell us a bit about you and running – how, when, why.
I started running on and off 8 years ago. When I was pregnant with my now five year old son, I was quite unfit and overweight. I decided that I would train for my first half marathon after I had him. I started training when he was six months old and ran three half marathons in one year. At this point, I ran a lot on my own and late at night in the gym on a treadmill. I developed a real hatred of running on the treadmill following multiple indoor long runs, including 20 kms at one time. When we moved out of the city nearly two years ago into this area, I didn’t know anyone who lived around me and had plenty of good excuses to not exercise and within a year had put on 14 kilos – all the weight I had lost after my baby was born.
At the start of 2013 and at a point where I was feeling quite low, one of my best friends and her family decided to join the Michelle Bridges 12WBT. I joined with them and through one of the online forums, heard about a girl called Rachel starting up her own running group. Rachel and I fast became firm friends and having similar crazy personalities decided to train for the Sydney Half Marathon in May last year. We started talking about completing a full marathon but due to various injuries and very busy lives then went on to complete the September half marathon and start talking about a full marathon which we are running in May this year – 45km at the Great Ocean Road. In the last year I have rediscovered how much I love running, how much I love sharing this passion with anyone and everyone and what a group of supportive, like minded friends can achieve together. I have also been reminded of the joys of outdoor running, rain hail or shine! I am also happy to report that there has been no treadmill runs either!
What’s the best thing about running for you?
The friends I have made through Rachel’s Runners and the fact that anything, yes anything, is possible with running when you have a plan that you are committed to and you follow it regardless of your doubts!
What’s your favourite running equipment?
My Nike GPS watch for sure.
What is the most challenging thing for you about running
Continuing to set myself massive goals and believing I can achieve them. I also dislike sprinting a lot!
If you could invent a running or fitness tool or toy what would it be
Any tips for fellow runners
Run with friends, run outdoors, continue to set bigger goals for yourself, always believe you can do it and most importantly, know every run wont be a great one, but stick with it!