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.
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.
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!