IT WILL be no walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination and for Emerald marathon runner, Fiona Power, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Next month Power and fellow Central Highlands runner Helen Scott will line up for their first full marathon attempt on the Gold Coast. After months of training and preparation, all that lies between Power and the finish line is 42.2km of Gold Coast asphalt.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always been very goal orientated and it has come down to a case of now or never,” Power said.
“I ran 21km for training on Saturday… afterwards when I thought about it, it does sound a bit crazy running that far just for training.
“But it’s as much a mental thing as a physical one. As long as the mind is strong I know I’ll be able to push through it.”
Power will able to draw on her endurance experience having been a part of the world’s longest game of touch football. The 28-hour match held in Emerald last year and recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records was to be Power’s final attempt at anything “crazy”. That was before the opportunity to be part of the gruelling run presented itself.
“Every year I say I’ll never do something as crazy as my last challenge but I always end up coming back for more,” she said.
More than 25,000 runners from Australia and the world over are expected to challenge themselves at the premier Gold Coast event, with fellow first-time full marathon runner Helen Scott also joining Power at the start line.
The Emerald dietician and exercise specialist said it was comforting knowing there was someone out there enduring the same training hardships as her.
“Although we’re not actually training together, we discuss what we’ve been up to and how we’re feeling,” Scott said.
“It really helps to know that someone else is going through the same struggles as I am.”
Power too said it was of enormous benefit to be able to draw upon the strong support of others, such as partner Shane Bailey who has also been putting in the extra hours of roadside fitness.
“I don’t know how he does it but he’ll sit on the bike for a couple of hours, riding alongside, supporting me all the way,” Power said.