RUN­NER ‘ HAS COME A LONG WAY’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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

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STEPS TO HEALTH: Lorna Mur­phy is ready to run her first marathon af­ter los­ing 50kg.

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