RUN­NING HEAD­STRONG

SHIRLEY LOH OVER­CAME A DIS­COUR­AG­ING DI­AG­NO­SIS IN HER TEENS TO CARRY ON POUND­ING THE PAVE­MENT TO­DAY.

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Shirley Loh over­came a dis­cour­ag­ing di­ag­no­sis in her teens to carry on pound­ing the

pave­ment to­day.

hen a phys­io­ther­a­pist dis­suaded a young Shirley Loh from run­ning, the res­o­lute woman ef­fec­tively turned around and said: Watch me.

“When I was a teenager, I went to get my shin splints from run­ning checked,” re­calls the 32-year-old Aus­tralian, “and was told that I have flat feet and shouldn’t run any more. But that made me more de­ter­mined to go run­ning be­cause it had be­come a chal­lenge.”

Shirley, a trained op­tometrist work­ing at John­son & John­son Vi­sion Care, went back to pound­ing the pave­ment – ea­ger to find a run­ning tech­nique suited to her body. And she con­tin­ues to do so to­day. “Min­i­mal­ist run­ning works best for me,” she says, “al­though it took many years to find out.”

Bet­ter late than never.

WHY DO YOU LIKE RUN­NING?

It’s a form of med­i­ta­tion for me. I run ev­ery morn­ing when it’s quiet and be­fore it gets too hot later in the day. Start­ing the day with a run makes me feel con­fi­dent the rest of the day and, by ex­ten­sion, in ev­ery­thing I do. I also run on week­ends and on the tread­mill dur­ing lunch hour at work. Run­ning gen­er­ally helps to clear my mind.

HAVE YOU RUN A MARATHON?

Not yet. But I’ve taken part in many fun runs and a halfmarathon in Mel­bourne. I’m def­i­nitely not a com­pet­i­tive run­ner.

YOU LOOK LIKE YOU WORK OUT AS WELL.

Yes, I do a mix­ture of yoga, Crossfit and weight train­ing at the gym. I also fol­low work­out videos at home – for ex­am­ple, In­san­ity. Th­ese help im­prove my run­ning.

ARE YOU VERY HEALTH-CON­SCIOUS?

I am. I want to keep my body strong for as long as I can. Col­leagues have also asked me how I keep fit, so we’re now work­ing out at the gym to­gether at lunchtime.

START­ING THE DAY WITH A RUN MAKES ME FEEL CON­FI­DENT IN EV­ERY­THING I DO.

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