Your Story By Lydia Palmieri

Your Story By Lydia Palmieri

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  • Running, something I used to try so hard to get out of at school. I hated it and I hated running around the basketball courts at primary school. Who would have thought that running would turn into one of my life passions, something that is who I am, what makes me, me and something that define me as a person, not just a mum or a wife, but me.
  • I first started to run lose weight, like a lot of women, I was unhappy with how I looked and felt and decided that I would do something about it. I started of running for 1 minute then walking for 29 minutes, then I ran for 5 minutes, then 10, then 20 and soon I was able to keep a steady pace for an hour a day. I started to use running as my therapy session, when I broke up with a boyfriend, uni was tough or I had other things happening in my life, I would run, to escape. Mum used to know when I has boyfriend trouble because I would be on the treadmill a little longer that night hehehe.
  • I only ever ran on the treadmill, never outside where I could be seen or with people. Until I met someone who was passionate about running. Her name was Melissa and she took the time to teach me to run with good form and build my confidence to run outside and with other people. She took the time to help me and I will be forever grateful. She encouraged me to enter Run for the Kids and I did. I faced my fear of being seen running and ran my first 5km event. I fell in love with road running.
  • I never saw myself as a runner, I have never looked like the stereotypical runner. But in 2014 I saw Erica on the ‘Today’ show and saw how she was running 12 marathons in 12 months and I thought to myself, if she can do it, why can’t I? I told everyone around me that I was going to run a marathon and they all thought I had gone mad. “It is bad for your knees” they told me, “you have a baby you don’t have the time”. That made me even more determined and off I went saying ‘watch me!” In 2014, I ran my first marathon at the Melbourne Marathon Festival and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I fell in love with long distance running and haven’t looked back. I ran my second marathon not long after that and won first place in my age group at Princess Park, Melbourne!
  • I ran throughout my second pregnancy and documented my journey. I ran 10km the day I gave birth to Eve. That is one way to get labour going.
  • In 2016, six months after having my baby girl, I ran my 3rd marathon. My body probably wasn’t ready, but my heart was. I ran that marathon with heart and finished with tears running down my face, why? Because even after two children, running was still attainable, was still my thing, something that was me and only for me.
  • Running is therapy for me, it allows me to just put one foot in front of the other and just for an hour, get lost in my favourite play list of podcast and just be.
  • This year, I will be running in my ultimate marathon dream, the New York City Marathon. I have tears thinking about running it. I cannot wait to run with some other fabulous Divas.
  • Running has also lead me to be part of the amazing Running Divas community. Words can express for so many years I wanted a group to be part of, a supportive group, one that I could share my highs and lows and also encourage others on their journey. I finally found that in Running Divas.pic Lydia2
  • Running allows me to be something, dream of things never thought possible, push myself to continually move the line of my limits and find friendships I never thought existed. Running is a journey, one that I hope I have just only merely started and one that I have so many more memories to make.

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