Rebecca Kirkham Run Monash Profile
3. A brief background:
I’ve always been an active person, I used to play tennis and had a love for cross country through school. I only really started getting into running on my own in mid 2015. I study a Bachelor of Psychology at Monash, and I’m also looking at the connection between exercise and brain health in a lab. I’m an avid traveller and won’t hesitate to take months off at a time – much to the dislike of my fitness.
4. How long have you been a RunMonash member?
I joined at the start of 2016. I was really looking for a way to get into a training routine and I was praying I could keep up with someone.
5. What do you enjoy most about your involvement in RunMonash?
I absolutely love the people. Runmonash has such an inclusive and diverse array of likeminded people and it’s something I love to be a part of. I finally get to talk about the nitty gritty and occasionally cringeworthy sides of running that non-runners just don’t understand!!
6. Favourite RunMonash session:
Probably Mona’s, but a quick 200s is a welcome relief on a rainy day.
7. Favourite place to run:
Any trails– I really enjoy a bit of technical terrain and lots of greenery. I was super lucky to enjoy this variety when I was recently in Austria, it was pretty magical. Locally though, I enjoy the Dandenongs most, even though I also kind of hate myself when I’m battling those hills. The wildlife makes my day!! The coffee afterwards is always well-earnt and definitely one part of my week that I most look forward to.
8. What motivates you to continue running?
My perfectionistic nature that always pushes me to ‘be better’. I love battling my own records, pushing myself and seeing results. And when I can’t see results, it’s the way running makes me feel, the people and the routine of the groups I run with that motivate me to keep going.
9. What is your current running goal?
Well… regain previous levels of fitness first of all. And do so without getting injured. This is a super hard slog since I came back from 3 months off in the middle of winter. But I’ll get there. Next year I’m definitely going for sub 90 min half marathon, and if I can be ambitious, a sub 40 10k.
10. Any running shoe/clothing/gadget that you couldn’t live without?
I do love the stats from my garmin (guilty). Ultimately though a pair of comfortable running shorts and an effective sports bra are essential.
11. Favourite song/music to run to? (or sounds of nature)
For boring street-side running it depends on my mood, but something upbeat and punchy – anything from Pnau and the Presets to a bit of Hip Hop.
But trails are world of their own. Usually my own inner commentary suffices.
12. Favourite food:
Homemade chicken pie for dinner, blueberries for dessert.