SHIRLEY LOH OVERCAME A DISCOURAGING DIAGNOSIS IN HER TEENS TO CARRY ON POUNDING THE PAVEMENT TODAY.
Shirley Loh overcame a discouraging diagnosis in her teens to carry on pounding the
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.