We catch up with a Hash House Harrier
Peter Green, how long have you been running and why did you start?
I’ve been running, jogging since the age of 16 where I found out that my footy skills were not crash hot and spent most of my time on the paddock as orange boy. I decided to earn a bit of pocket money running the boundary lines and throwing in the footy on the ovals in my hometown of Ararat.
I used to enjoy going to the training nights twice a week doing footy drills, running around the town. the pushups and sit ups plus going up and down steps in the grandstands followed by the pizza and barbie nights, with my umpiring mates.
I also participate in the annual Fun Run held once a year within the sporting community. A couple of years ago I joined the Kalgoorlie runners and triathlon club, jogging on the desert plains climbing hills looking across the mallee scrub and the red soil as the sunset across the horizon, in the Kalgoorlie heat. With wonderful comradeship the team maintained strong pacing to keep each of us at our limits. We were the Bunbury runners club and I remember running along the beach and sprint work at six oclock early in the morning, These days there seems to be a Fun run every weekend which is great for meeting people from all walks of life. I’ve met beekeepers and apple growers right through to barristers and engineers. These people make me feel a part of the running community family when we jog as a group. Now a member of Launceston and Hobart Masters Athletics clubs, Launceston runners club, Sandy bay Harrier club and Johnno’s and Craig Boon’s running groups. Surrounded by very positive, intelligent supportive caring mentoring people.
I Participated in the Nationals Masters Cross Country run earlier this year on the soldiers walk at the domain and a runner flew past me going up a hill 20 years my senior, he was doing it easy. I remember saying to him you are so strong running up hills, he replied, I’ve been running the blue mountains in New South Wales for the past fifty years. With a smile he waved and kept going, a truly inspirational gentleman and motivator. At the Melbourne marathon a runner suffered a serious stroke four years ago and completed this years marathon. Its stories like this that keep me involved.
How important is regular exercise to you and what impact does have it on your life.
Regular exercise is important to mental health and physical wellbeing in relation to jogging 5, 10, 21.1 and 42.2 kms; in burning calories and losing weight. Its good for cardio heart health and I feel more intelligent in my cranium when jogging where new ideas come to my thoughts. I set goals to achieve in the future and think those endorphin cells really kick in when I’m jogging. Recently I had a conversation with a friend and we agreed that the more physical the exercise the quicker we seem to recover. To achieve these goals, its all about putting heart, soul, mind and time into cross training. Whether it be swimming, sprint work on the athletic track or weights at the gym or going for a bike ride. Different types of exercise are important for maintain all over good health and a strong body core. Never underestimate the value of the good old push ups and sit ups in preventing injuries. Nutritional diet is also very important. Intake of fruit, steamed vegetables and pasta, and staying away from high cholesterol foods. Sometimes hard to do.
What’s your advice for anyone thinking about entering an event at the Cadbury marathon.
Make sure you have put in the hard work in training as mentioned above. Ideally find a training program with a running coach. If starting out for the first time make sure you give yourself 6 months before the marathon. The day before the marathon drink a lot of fluid with electrolytes, sodium and magnesium such as coconut water. If its hot on the day this treatment will hopefully prevent cramping at the 31 kilometre mark. Pasta for the dinner the night before for slow released energy. Organise your bib, safety pins, sneakers, socks, fuel belts, the night before and get a good nights sleep.
Take it at a slow pace in the first 21 kilometres, stopping at drinks stations and focus on the finish line. Get a good night’s sleep, Sometimes hard to do when feeling nervous before the race. When jogging in an event I will always acknowledge the volunteers, for their help and support. Wave and high five the crowds that are cheering for you. These are signs of encouragement and involvement that can help you get through. But most of all, enjoy the run.
Tell us about a time where you committed to an event that really challenged you. What inspired you to push the boundaries and how do you feel afterwards.
The recent event Point to Pinnacle in Hobart really challenged me. This was the very first time I had actually stopped jogging at the last eleven kilometres to the top where my body just ran out of petrol. I was literally jogging on empty.
A walkjog motion finally got me there in under three hours. Once I finally jogged to the top of Mt Wellington there was a sense of achievement through the physical and mental fatigue that I had made it to the top. With a little help and support from my friends and the Gatorade girls.
How are going to celebrate after the finish line on January 11.
I am going to sit on a bench under a shady tree and nibble on a box of Cadbury chocolates with a glass of ginger beer and reflect on a wonderful achievement with all the sporting community families in beautiful Hobart. As we say in Hash “On On”! at the Cadbury Marathon.
Peter, thank you for sharing your story with us. We look forward to seeing you on the day!
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