After tackling the Adelaide Marathon four years ago, Angaston’s Alice Howard was happy she’d ticked off something from her “bucket list” and was happy to never do it again, but she’ll be back at it this month.
A self-proclaimed “regular half marathon runner,” Mrs Howard has been training hard to tackle the inaugural Runaway Barossa Marathon on October 21.
“(The first marathon) was good, you look back now and go ‘wow, that was great’, but it’s only when you start training again that you realise just how hard it is,” Mrs Howard said.
“It’s like having a baby – it’s horrible during, then you’re on a high – it’s an amazing feeling though and I recommended it to anyone.”
The 40-year-old mother of three started running 20 years ago for fitness before progressing to City to Bays and half marathons in 2001. She’s gathered a solid training group and said that’s the key to her success.
“We normally run about three to four days a week – seven to 12 kilometres on weekdays, before work at about 6am,” Mrs Howard said.
“We’re all mums or dads, so then we have to go back and pack lunches.
“I drag myself out of bed each morning, but it’s easier when you know you have to meet someone – I recommend finding someone like-minded to train with.”
Completing a marathon is very much a mental thing, according to Ms Howard, but she said it’s easy enough to do “once you know you can do it”.
“I think I’m mentally a bit stronger and fitter (this year), but there are a few hills,” she said.
Mrs Howard said she has completed half marathons in the Barossa before, but this is the first time she’s attempting the full 42.2km along such a scenic route.
“It’s good – in Angaston you can’t avoid the hills, but there are some beautiful spots to run,” she said.
“There’s some beautiful scenery – we’re pretty spoilt.”
The run itself covers a wide section of the Barossa, offering both marathon and half marathon courses, plus a 10km and shorter children’s run along a mix of sealed roads and hard packed trails.
For more information visit runawaybarossamarathon.com.au.