Pound the pavement with Jane

Tassie girl Jane Blakeway has just moved back home from Melbourne and is starting a running meet up, for the blind and vision impaired community who would like to start running/ walking or jogging with like-minded people.

Above: Runner Jane Blakeway is calling for runners and walkers to join her. Picture supplied by Jane.

There are numerous health benefits to running and jogging regularly.

Running can:

  • help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise
  • strengthen muscles
  • improve cardiovascular fitness
  • burn plenty of kilojoules
  • help maintain a healthy weight

Jane volunteered as a running guide in Melbourne and wants to bring the initiative here to Tasmania.

We caught up with Jane for a quick Q&A

When did you start running?

I started running again as an adult when I wanted to take a break from home life (three young children, lots of chaos – lots of noise). I started going for early morning jogs in an attempt to get some quiet/alone time. I found after a run my day always seemed a little better. I felt better, happier – so it wasn’t long before I was hooked.

What are the benefits of running?

Everything!! For me, it’s a mental, physical and emotional undertaking. I remember a doctor once saying to me, if she could write a script for exercise – the world would be a healthier and happier place. Running is my medicine and my meditation. I got fitter, which is always a good thing… but it was the impact on my mental state that was most profound. Taking up running changed my life (and for the better).

What do you like best / love about running?

Running clears my head, and makes me feel alive. It helps me think better, sleep better, be better. I also like working towards a challenge – a faster time, a harder run, a new experience… keeps me busy. It’s also great fun – even when it’s hard. I’ve never regretted going for a run – I always get something out of it.

How assisting blind running shaped your training and love of running?

 I’m always looking for a new challenge – a new adventure. I think it’s a great skill to have because it changes the game – you become part of a team, and that’s a wonderful experience – particularly for a runner, who usually functions in a solo sphere. It adds a whole new dimension to the sport – you get to meet people, learn about different challenges, and be part of something unique and special.

Why Start a running/ walking group in Hobart?

Because it’s fun and I thought ‘why not?’

If you are interested in joining Jane please contact her at jane.l.blakeway@gmail.com

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