Sonya runs towards a better life
AFTER losing her father to a heart attack at age 57, Sonya Carr has taken up running for fitness, health and happiness.
"I am sure I can beat any possibility of a heart attack," Carr said.
After first running distance events at Warwick State High School, Carr returned to the sport soon after she turned 50.
She lives at Killarney and completed all five legs of the Warwick Pentath-run last month.
"It was fantastic to be in the same race as Steve Moneghetti," Carr said.
"He is a great role model and runs at twice the speed of average runners like me."
Carr completed the half-marathon from Warwick to Yangan 10 minutes under two hours which boosted her confidence for her first marathon at the Gold Coast on July 1.
"I know now I can achieve it," she said.
"I have run 36km from Killarney to Warwick in four hours and wonder how I did it. It makes me feel good about myself."
She averages 9km an hour.
"That is my pace and I can run it for hours and hours," Carr said.
Her career as a runner started by chance when she decided to go for a run one afternoon and completed 9km.
"My father Karl Siebert died of a heart attack at age 57 and I am only four years younger than that," she said.
"I enjoy it; running has since become addictive. I get up at 5am each day and run 9.5km; I can't get enough of it."
Carr is a volunteer with the National Heart Foundation and has set up the Killarney Walkie Talkie Group, which walks each Tuesday afternoon and second Sunday.
Once she runs her first Gold Coast Marathon, Carr will focus on the Melbourne Marathon in October and then a 2013 marathon in Europe.
Running is her pathway to a better life.
"The fitness level I have achieved carries on to everyday living," Carr said.
"It is like I am on a natural high all the time, I feel happy, strong and confident."