Learn to Run with Sarah
These days, you’ll find Sarah Carmody pounding the pavement in the mornings, and training with her beloved Redtails Football Club by night. She’s a local leader, known for her love of family, fitness and community.
But running and keeping fit hasn’t always been a part of Sarah’s story. It wasn’t until 2014, when Sarah was selected in the squad for the Indigenous Marathon Project that she first set her sights on becoming a runner. Today, she is a proud marathoner and talented Pinktails footy player.
Sarah is passionate about running and the effect it can have on the local community. It’s not just about fitness; running builds confidence and mental strength – it’s a source of joy.
Now is a great time to start setting goals and be inspired by Sarah’s story. Why not give it a go? You never know, you could be next to cross the finish line.
- Just get out the door!
Sarah’s best advice for those wanting to improve their fitness, just do it. The hardest part is getting out the front door.
If you plan to run first thing in the morning, make it as easy as possible for yourself to get out the door. Lay out your clothes, shoes and headphones the night before and tell a friend your plans to stay accountable and safe.
2. Train with a mate.
When Sarah completed her first marathon, she had a team of 11 other friends competing alongside her.
Some people find that training with mates helps to keep everyone accountable – it’s also loads more fun.
In 2016, Sarah formed the Yiprinya Runners and Walkers Group to help inspire others in her local area to start hitting the track. Many communities have similar groups that are open to anyone to join. Check with your Council, or head to the parkrun website to find your local event.
3. Find something you love.
Not everyone is a runner, and that’s okay! Whether it’s a team sport, swimming, walking or fishing – find an activity that you love doing and commit to doing it consistently.
If you enjoy doing it, you’re much more likely to keep it up.