We asked member Robyn to share this inspirational story with all of us. Thank you Robyn!
After breaking my back in a fall last November I had to wear a back brace for 8 weeks which restricted me from doing just about everything. I had to rely on family and friends to drive me everywhere for the complete 8 weeks – and yes there is only so much Netflix etc you feel like watching.
As we were holidaying in Sri Lanka in March as soon as my back brace came off I did intensive rehab for 6 weeks straight which enabled me to climb Sigiriya Rock, walk up Little Adams Peak and do everything we had planned. It is an amazing place.
On our return as so often happens I fell in a rut and needed some inspiration to get motivated again. A friend of mine had done “The Bloody Long Walk” (35 kms) last year and when I saw it advertised I was determined to participate. I started walking again but fell in another rut as it was now winter but then I saw Warwick Women’s Only Gym advertised on FB. Being a person who has NEVER had a gym membership I found it hard to make that first point of contact…..why did I take so long!!!! Once I had my first appointment I was off and running and putting in the hard work to train for our “Bloody Walk”. I actually found myself looking forward to my sessions at the gym.
You guessed it WE FINISHED THE WALK last Sunday 22nd September. Myself, my daughter and her friend – Team “Sober Wanderers” completed the “Bloody Long Walk” in 6 hours 32 mins with over 1,000 other competitors. In my age bracket 55 – 64 I came 33 out of 105 competitors. Just a little proud of myself and our Team effort.
I am now looking forward to setting myself more challenges and lots more gym sessions.
Mitochondrial disease is a debilitating genetic disease that causes organ dysfunction and failure with no cure.)