VIDEO: podiatrist wins half marathon at the Rocky River Run

MIDWAY through the half marathon at the Rocky River Run, Anna McMurtrie wasn't sure if she'd make it over the finish line.

But just over a year after giving birth to son Henry, Anna claimed first in the 21km event.

The Rockhampton podiatrist, whose column on fitness after birth has been published in The Morning Bulletin, said she was just focused on crossing the finish line.

Anna said she had always been passionate about running, but her routine had changed since the birth of her son.

"I'm not as fit as I was," she said.

With the goal of competing in the Rocky River Run, Anna started strength training before building up to walking, jogging and finally running distance.

She involved son Henry throughout and as he grew too big to push around in a pram, she adapted her workout regime.

Anna said it was something anyone could do if they put their mind to it.

"The secret is starting slowly, not expecting that you can go out and your body be ready to run long distance," Anna said.

"If you start too much too soon, you'll end up with an injury.

"You've really got to listen to your body because so much changes before and after birth and you've got to recover.

"You've just got to really gradually get into it."

This year marked the third time Anna has won the half marathon at the Rocky River Run and she has also previously taken out the 10km event.

Anna said she used to be a track runner, but had enjoyed more road racing as she got older and would consider doing more events.

She said her body had recovered well following the event on Sunday.

Next challenge

Cyclists and runners can sign up for the 5km King of the Mountain

Registrations now open, with racing set to start at 3pm on August 29



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