Runners Spotlight - Let me Introduce Matilda

Every runner has a story, that pushes them and drives them to do what they do.  I find it fascinating to learn about others, and in return it also inspires and motivates.  I know I am not the only one who feels this way.  

Runners Spotlights are now a weekly series I do on Thursdays.

This week I'd like to introduce you to 
Matilda from Australia.
I asked Matilda several questions, to help tell part of her story and introduce you all to her. 

Matilda Blogs at Run Mum

How long have you been a runner?

I use to run at school (many years ago), but only picked it up again October 2011.
The reason I picked it up was because 1. I thought running was the epitome of being fit. 2. I had a goal of wanting to finish a 5km race. After I did my race, I had fallen in love with running so much that I continued with it.
What distances do you run?

I haven't run further than 21.1km aka 13.1mi aka the half marathon, but I do enjoy anything up to that distance. I find that the half marathon distance is the perfect distance for me.  It's just far enough for me not to hate running.  I would say I would definitely be a distance runner, I find 5km too short now.
Why do you run?  Do you run for fun, competition, both?

I run because I enjoy it.  It helps clear my head, it really is a great stress release.  I get loads of idea's running too. I run for fun, but I do like the competitions of our local club races.
Do you have a favorite race?  Tell us about it?

I have enjoyed all my runs, but I've only done a couple of race's twice.  My favourite would have to be Run the Gap, which is a local run for me.  It's a fav for 2 reasons. 1. It's local, and I get to run among the beautiful Mountains of the Grampians. and 2, that's where I met my husband.
If you could run any race in the world what would it be? And Why?

New York, because well it's New York. Boston because of it's history (old and new). Chicago, cause I fell in love with Chicago when I visited there in 2001.
I would also love to run in New Zealand.

Have you ever dressed up, ran in a costume?  If so, tell us what you did.

That being said, I would love to, but a short distance, cause I think the costume would annoy me over a longer distance. I would most likely dress up as a fairy, cause that seems the easiest option.

If you've ever won a race or placed in one, tell us about it.

I've only won handicapped club races. A 5km, 6.5 and an 8km distance.  The 8km race which was only recent I won only by a few seconds.
Do  you listen to music while you train?  Do you listen to music when you race?  If you do, what are your top 3 must have tunes?

On long distance training runs, I usually listen to audio books. On shorter distances I will listen to music.
Race day, I will listen to music, as there is too much going on for me to concentrate on a story of an audiobook.
I love creating my own playlists, but I also have a ton of rockmyrun mixes which are fantastic too.
I don't have a top 3 must have tunes, but I do have lots of songs I do love.
If you race and acquire medals, t-shirts, do you do anything fun/interesting with them after?

Race medals get hung up.  I plan on getting a Running Wall hanger, where I can hang my bibs and medals all in one place.
T-shirts, well I wear them with pride of course, but only after the event.  I don't wear them before or during the event. You have to earn them imo.
Do you participate in any other sports, hobbies?

Recreational cycling.  I also love yoga, I try to do that at least once a week.
I also lift weights 3 times a week.  I have found it has helped with my running.
As for hobbies.  Well I'm really into quilting at the moment.  I'm still a beginner, so I don't do anything fancy, just square or rectangle blocks
Is there something that is a "must have" that you always take with you running, or eat, do in preparation, etc..?

My Garmin (FR210).  Not that I really look at it when running. And when I do it's just to check I'm on pace.
My iPod fully charged with my music ready to go.
Nuun hydration for after my run
And a protein snack of some sort - usually a quest bar
When you race/train are you a water or sports drink runner?

Water, I don't have sports drink until after the race.
What is your favorite advice to give people who say they would like to try running?

Just try it, even if you have to walk, you are up on the person who is still on the couch.
What is the most common question(s) you you get as a runner, and what is your answer(s) to them?

You still running? and my response "sure am did xxx on xxx day".
What types of things do you like to blog about?  Or what will people expect to see on your blog?  

I like to blog about my general fitness adventures. I like to make my posts real, so people can identify, and hopefully learn something new, or maybe inspire them.
What types of things do you like to read on other blogs, what is the "stuff" that keeps you interested in a blog wanting to come back again and again?

I love hearing about peoples journey's, their highs and lows.  I find it keeps me in check, cause we are only human.
What is the best way you fit running into your daily life?  

I only run when I know my kids will be looked after.  So either on weekends when my husband is home from working away. Or when the kids are at school.
It's also important to me that I schedule my workouts.  If I don't put them in my calendar, then they don't happen. On the days I don't run, I wake up at 5.45 and do a strength workout. It's getting harder now that it's getting colder.
Pick your own question(s), and give an answer.  

Have you had any running injuries? 

Lucky no, however I am currently suffering blisters, and this totally sucks.  I'm trialling different socks, but I really do think it's my shoes, I think I've lost more weight in my feet, and now there is too much room, and so blisters.  No fun.

Do you foam roll? 

I usually foam roll after a long distance run, and def after a half.  Gretchen (the name I gave my foam roller), we have a love hate relationship.  I hate how it hurts, but it hurts so good.

Is there anything you would tell other runners? 

Yoga.  It really is your best friend.  You don't realise how 'tight' you get with running.  I find that yoga not only helps me relax, but also strengthens and challenges me.

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Thanks for letting me interview you Matilda! Australia is one of my "must visit" places one day. In fact it is where I plan on booking me a trip to after I finish one of my current goals! I am jealous you get to run in the Grampian Mountains! One of the places I want to visit when I get there is Grampians National Park...  Look forward to following your blog, and maybe getting a few more idea's for my trip there in a couple of years!!


  1. Sorry your suffering blisters, hopefully some new socks will cure the problem!!! I loved your spotlight, so fun to learn about new runners. I am the same as you though, I have to plan my workouts around my kids and family life. But I do plan them in, so they get done!!! Thanks for sharing, I'll come visit your blog!

  2. Aw I love that you met your husband at a race! That's awesome! And I agree - you really don't realize how tight you get from running until you try to stretch later. Even just 15 minutes of yoga can go a long way!

  3. I've tried various socks. I plan on buying one more pair of socks (thorlo ones), and in the mean time, I've already started my research for my next pair of shoes (I do about 3 months of research and of trying shoes to find the right one for me).

    When you get here Kristy, I'll take you for a run.

  4. What a great interview! I think getting up early is usually the best plan to work around family, or late at night.

    I use Pilates to stretch.

    I don't run the distance you do so I haven't had any trouble with blisters.

  5. Aw I love that you met your husband at a race! That's awesome! And I agree - you really don't realize how tight you get from running until you try to stretch later. Even just 15 minutes of yoga can go a long way!

    Aion Kinah and


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