Re­freshed Healy kicks new goals

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Hav­ing achieved all she wanted in dis­tance run­ning, She­vahn Healy changed course in 2019 which cul­mi­nated with a win in Stawell and Ararat Cross Coun­try Club’s sea­son fi­nale.

Healy ended the sea­son with a win in the club’s five-kilo­me­tre Pres­i­dent’s Hand­i­cap.

“I set my­self new goals ev­ery year,” the ca­reer nurse said, “and now I’m con­tent with just be­ing a club run­ner, with­out the pres­sures of train­ing as hard as I did when run­ning marathons.”

The last of these marathons, her fourth, was in New York last year, a dream op­por­tu­nity that she shared with Sue Bliz­zard who hap­pily fin­ished se­cond be­hind her club­mate last Sun­day.

“I’ve changed jobs this year,” Healy said, “and re­ally haven’t had the time to train, but I haven’t had the mo­ti­va­tion ei­ther. It’s ac­tu­ally been a re­lief not to have any­thing on the radar.”

Be­hind her now are 10 half-marathons and a 13-kilo­me­tre City to Surf in Syd­ney on a sched­ule that com­prised five run­ning events in each of the last three years.

“It’s all be­come a bit ex­pen­sive, with en­try fees, travel, pay­ing for ac­com­mo­da­tion and ev­ery­thing else that’s in­volved,” she said.

“With this club, with good peo­ple, I can run in any race I choose for five dol­lars, go home and put my feet up with­out hav­ing to worry about the pres­sures of train­ing 40 or more kilo­me­tres a week.”

A rein­vig­o­rated Healy had grad­u­ally im­proved her fit­ness and stamina, run­ning 13 of the 20 races through the sea­son and her win­ning time of 32.49 min­utes was 4.27 min­utes faster than her slow­est five kilo­me­tres at the start of the year.

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