Novice runner steps up
Marathon effort worth it after mum finishes Gold Coast event
NICOLE Gibbs failed in her formative years to impress in individual sports like running but that has not prevented her from completing her first half marathon.
The mother of two said she had played team sports all her life.
“No way was I a runner,” she said.
“Throughout childhood it was hockey, netball and then as an adult touch and netball.
“Even after having both my children I returned to playing touch once a week. “That was my ‘me’ time.” Towards the end of 2012 however Nicole injured her knee while playing touch. She attempted to return to the field but soon realised that more than 20 years of netball and touch had taken a toll on her joints.
“So I did nothing, except became heavier and unhappier,” she said.
“When my father died in March 2014 it made me realise life is short.
“I did not want to be 70 wishing I had done something when I could have.”
So in April 2014 Nicole decided to try to learn to run.
As an incentive, she set herself goals by running 5km and 10km races during the next 18 months. To keep her honest she invited friends who she refers to as “my tribe” to join her.
Earlier this year Nicole and other members of the tribe chose to run the Gold Coast Marathon.
Nicole said that about five weeks out from the event she was struggling mentally and doubting that she could make it.
“I tried to let go of some of the pressure I was placing on myself and decided to have no time goals, I wanted to enjoy it as much as I could and finish as strongly as possible,” she said.
“I did not want to cross that finish line regretting my run or hating every moment, or even worse injured.”
Nicole and running mate Kim Corfield set themselves little goals; to stick to their running plan, high five as many people as possible, enjoy the whole run and finish with a smile.
After hours of running the duo crossed the finish line hand in hand.
“We had started together and we were going to finish together,” Nicole said.
“All those early mornings before work and on the weekends were worth it, the running the same loop through the back roads were worth it, the stretching, strengthening, rolling and dealing with the niggles were worth it.
“I never would have thought at age 44 this would be me. Never.
“I am now a half marathoner. It is still hard to believe.”
MAMMOTH MOMENT: Coalstoun Lakes runners Kim Corfield and Nicole Gibbs are all smiles as the cross the finish line after completing their first half marathon at the Gold Coast.