Sisters in their sixties laughed at the thought of running
TWO sisters in their sixties would never have expected to be pounding the pavement in all five legs of the Warwick Pentath-run, especially when they only pulled on the sneakers to start running a few years ago.
For Judy Dowling and Sue Lindsay, it all started out as a joke.
Judy suggested the pair sign up to walk the 5.7km leg of the Gold Coast Marathon about seven years ago, but on the day they started running instead.
The pair immediately caught the fitness bug and have been putting in the kilometres ever since.
Both living on the Gold Coast, they mainly train separately but they tackle long runs together.
They estimate they each run between 40-50km and rave about how healthy they feel.
"You eat better, you don't crave naughty foods,” Sue said.
"You get over colds better, I have arthritis and that's better.”
The duo considered the running event in Warwick, which involves five races that add up to a marathon distance, training for the Gold Coast Marathon.
They're planning to complete the challenge in July.
Avid parkrunners, the pair said the secret to reaching the milestone was just to get started.
For those days that are a little tougher to get in the kilometres, or on particularly tricky hills, music also helps, they said.
But no matter a new runner's age, it's never too late to pull on the sneakers.
"If we can do it then they can do it,” Sue said.
"It's such a buzz to do something and that keeps you going.”
Aside from fitness, the sisters also found something quite special when running.
"It's for the health and the friendship. Runners are a different breed,” Sue said.
Judy raved about the support network she's found with other runners.
"We get so much encouragement from everyone,” she said.