Rocky River Run changed life for Rose who now loves running
ROSE Sladden doesn't see the Rocky River Run as another fitness or fundraising event.
For her, it was the start of a new life.
After years of being overweight and battling health concerns Rose registered for an online weight loss and fitness program, with the Rocky River Run as her first goal.
"I'll never forget how I felt turning up to the run, feeling anxious and not even sure that I could make the distance," she said.
"I knew I could barely run one kilometre let alone five.
"I slogged out the five kilometres, shuffling and walking, in something like 45 minutes, with a head cold, but I felt very proud to have completed it."
The event was a turning point for Rose, with running quickly becoming a new love.
"The endorphin high became almost an addiction," she said.
"It was uncomfortable at first, but the more I did it the easier it got, the quicker I lost the extra kilos and the faster and fitter I felt."
In 12 weeks, Rose lost 18kg, and the following year she managed the Rocky River Run 10km event in only one hour, with a knee injury.
"Fitness today for me is like brushing my teeth, or eating breakfast. I just don't feel right until I've done it," she said.
"The running is still a big part of my weekly program, along with swimming and cycling, boxing, gym and netball.
"You don't have to be the best," she said.
"You just have to get up, get those joggers on and get out there."
Rocky River Run
The Rocky River Run is on Sunday, May 25, starting on Sir Raymond Huish Drive behind the Victoria Park tennis and basketball courts.
Half marathon - 6.15am
10km run - 7.30am
5km run and team challenge - 8am
5km walk and wheel - 8.30am
2km run/walk/wheel - 8.45am
Register at rockyriverrun.com