Mum of three fights back

Myrtleford Times - - Classifieds -

MEL McGre­gor thought she would never be able to run again, ac­tu­ally she didn’t even try af­ter a car ac­ci­dent at age 18 nearly killed her.

Fast for­ward 16 years and the Bright mother of three found her­self over­weight, anx­ious and on med­i­ca­tion.

She was di­ag­nosed with Poly­cys­tic Ovar­ian Syn­drome and needed to do some­thing about her health with weight loss and ex­er­cise a must.

Two years ago she started go­ing to the gym and 18 months ago started run­ning.

On Satur­day she’ll com­pete in her first ever half marathon at the 14th edi­tion of the Great Ocean Road Run­ning Fes­ti­val.

“I signed up at the Alpine Fitness Cen­tre and started an eat­ing plan and was then asked why I don’t try run­ning,” she said.

“I lit­er­ally laughed out loud and said I couldn’t and that my body wouldn’t let me, or so I thought.

“I started run­ning, lit­er­ally 20 me­tres at a time and then walk­ing which felt fairly hope­less and very hard but I per­sisted and joined a run­ning club and sur­rounded my­self with sup­port.”

“I lost 20kgs within a year, came off my meds and I be­gan to love the feel­ing of run­ning and the achieve­ment and all the added health ben­e­fits.”

“I got to 2kms run­ning, then a 5km race.

“I thought that was enough, un­til I de­cided to train for 10kms and af­ter do­ing my sec­ond 10km event I se­ri­ously started get­ting ex­cited at the pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

Ahead of her first 21km race McGre­gor said there are some nerves but sup­port won’t be far away with two of her neigh­bours and Alpine Fitness Cen­tre boss James Her- shell also mak­ing the jour­ney.

McGre­gor’s three sons and hus­band Travis will also be road-side cheer­ing her on.

“My goal is sim­ply to fin­ish I don’t re­ally have a time in mind,” she said.

“I have had a few nig­gles in the last few weeks just with my legs so there a few nerves but I’m just rest­ing up and more so pre­par­ing men­tally now, so we’ll see how we go.

“I’m sure the other three from Bright will all fin­ish well ahead of me but it will be good to have them and the fam­ily there to cel­e­brate at the end.”

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