Hi my name is Louelle and I am an everyday runner just like you. I am a 40 something year old mother of three grown up children.  I was never sporty as I grew up, I was very shy, and never had a very good self esteem - especially when it came to sports.  

I had chronic asthma and while I liked the idea of running - and even tried it a couple of times in my teens, which consisted of a run around the block - it ended with me unable to breathe and my legs feeling like jelly so I just thought “I can’t do it”.  

It wasn’t until after I had my youngest child 19 years ago that I tried running again. This time I didn’t give up and I think the previous years of aerobics helped with my cardio fitness as well as the confidence and mental strength I had developed from being a young mum of 3.  

Running became my time out, time away from being a mum and just being me

With 3 young children and a husband who often worked long days or was away for work I needed to be resourceful with how I found these opportunities.  I made use of the creche at the local gym as well as some early morning runs before anyone at home was awake.  I even found that laps around the local football oval while the children played in the middle was a way to get a run in.  As the children got older this became easier to manage and my opportunities to run increased.

It gave me a great sense of accomplishment to be able to run around the local lake for the very first time.

I’ll be honest and say I haven’t run consistently over the years. There were a few times in those early years when I didn’t run for several weeks but I always went back to it and never lost that ability to run.  

I have run many laps of that lake over the years and I have also run several events including half marathons and a marathon or two. Running has become part of who I am and I run almost every day now.

It not only keeps me fit and healthy but it also helps me cope with the stressors of life and has helped me get through some pretty tough times.

 

I realised that I wanted to help other people to experience the same sense of accomplishment as I had through learning to run; to increase their own self confidence and experience the mental health benefits that come from being active. 

So I started by coaching my sister in law from being a non-runner to running her first half marathon. It gave me a huge sense of satisfaction to see her turn her physical and mental health around. 

I received my Athletics Australia accreditation early in 2015 and in 2016 I founded Evolution Runners with the vision of creating a running community of likeminded people who turn to running to improve the quality of their lives.

I still actively train for events and I am running stronger and faster now than I ever have and I love helping my clients do the same.

 

Are you interested in creating your own running story? I'd love to hear from you!