RUNNER ‘ HAS COME A LONG WAY’
WHEN simply movingi b became painin ful for Townsville woman Lorna Murphy, she know something was wrong.
And when she visited her doctor, he was blunt. “He told me if I didn’t lose weight I would need a knee replacement and I wouldn’t be able to work,” Ms Murphy said.
She has since been on a mission to lose weight and now, five years later, she has lost 50kg and will run her first marathon at age 50.
Ms Murphy said she had come a long way since the “bad days”. “The pain was so bad it took me half an hour to get up 13 stairs,” she said.
Her diet had included a can of soft drink and bar of chocolate every day.
She received medical advice to only eat vegetarian food for a month and to avoid processed food. It was the start of a lifestyle change which included hiring a personal trainer.
Now Ms Murphy is ready to attempt her first marathon during the Townsville Running Festival.
“I made a goal when I did a half marathon that when I turned 50 I would run a marathon,” she said.
“I now love running. I’ll run for every single reason I used to eat.”
The Townsville Running Festival will be held on Sunday. To register, visit townsvillerunningfestival. com
STEPS TO HEALTH: Lorna Murphy is ready to run her first marathon after losing 50kg.