Mum of three fights back
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.”