LOF:001 Rachel Gellert Running in the rain, running with your heart.
NOTE: Athlete Profiles are all about the listeners of the Athlete On Fire podcast! Yes, we have some amazing guests on the show but some of YOU listeners out there are just as inspiring. You write to give me feedback and you share your amazing stories with me and I am happy to pass them on to the masses. This is going to be a regular installment so if you or anyone you know is a worthy candidate, shoot me an email and we would love to feature them. Kudos to Rachel for being the first ever Listener On Fire.
Horsham, VIC, Australia
What is the best thing about your hometown?
Country town, slow pace, fresh air, sense of community, space!
Cross country running, gymnastics, athletics, netball, softball
Current athletic passion:
I am a long distance runner and I am considering training for a marathon in the future. At the moment I am loving running with my heart, so most of my runs are long, with a few speed sessions and intervals thrown in for variety without following any particular training program. I am considering entering some local races over the next few months then a half marathon later in the year. For the first time in my life, I am passionate about running, and consider myself a ‘real’ runner. I feel fit and inspired to improve my endurance because I know how fantastic I feel when I run (and immediately after!).
Who or what in the world is inspiring you right now?
AthleteOnFire is my inspiration at the moment. I am incredibly motivated by both the elite athletes who have worked hard for years or even decades to get where they are and athletes who have overcome incredible odds to continue in their athletic pursuits. Listening to the interviews on my long runs helps me keep going when I begin to tire. I am particularly in awe of Hal Higdon who is still exercising in his 80s! I aspire to be doing that in years to come.
Is your legacy important to you? Why?
I would love to be remembered as someone who inspired other people to run/exercise not just because it is ‘good for you’ but because it makes you feel fantastic and impacts hugely on your energy levels and enthusiasm in all aspects of your life.
Why do you consider yourself an athlete on fire?
Because it was bucketing rain last Tuesday morning and my husband said ‘You’re not going to run are you?’ and I said ‘Yes because I’m an “athlete on fire“!’ (excuse the corniness) and ran in the rain (getting absolutely saturated in the process). I felt fantastic at the end of the run for having done it, but also enjoyed the feeling of mental strength for actually getting out the door to start running. Needless to say I didn’t pass any other runners that day-they must have stayed home (a very sensible thing to do!).
What would you say to someone who hasn’t found their passion in sport or life yet?
Sport (specifically for runners): get out the door, start slow and move according to how you feel once you’re out there. Build your fitness for your own enjoyment first before following any training schedules. Walk if you want to, run when you feel you can, and increase the pace/distance when you feel ready to do so. Set small goals to start and you will be motivated to create bigger goals as you achieve the small goals. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day or two or a week or two. Just get out there and continue from where you left off.
Where are you on your athletic journey? Flicker, Flame, or Fire?
NOTE FOR RACHEL:Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with the Athlete On Fire community. You are definitely inspiring others and there is no doubt you are an Athlete On Fire!