Anita Mitchell describes herself as a “novice runner” even though she took up the sport as part of a new fitness regime several years ago.
Since then the 30-year-old mother of two has built up her strength and stamina to a point where she has already completed a half-marathon (21kms).
“I didn’t think I could run a long distance until a trainer told me that if I could run 10kms then I could run 21,” Anita says.
And she was thrilled to find that she could.
Anita, who lives in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, has recently committed to running a full marathon – the renowned Paris Marathon in April 2012 – for the National Stroke Foundation.
She aims to raise $12,000 which will go towards funding stroke research, prevention and awareness programs.
Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer and a leading cause of disability. 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime and the National Stroke Foundation works to raise awareness of stroke, advocate for better treatment and more stroke units in hospitals, fund research and provide services and programs to support stroke survivors, families and carers.
She enjoys the challenge of running because, she says, it draws on reserves of patience she did not previously think she had.
“I don’t naturally have a lot of patience – I generally want to get in, get it done and go,” Anita says.
“Marathons take a lot of patience, a lot of concentration on getting through the next kilometre and the next.”
Anita, who is Business Operations Manager at NSF, had no hesitation in raising this money for her new favourite charity.
“And Paris is my favourite city, I can’t imagine running through more beautiful streets.”
For more information on running the Paris Marathon and other NSF challenges, go to Doit4Stroke or call Kim Vernon on (03) 9670 1000.