This year’s Run Melbourne is only around the corner. The running festival kicks off on 27 July with the Run Melbourne Frienship Dash followed by the main event, the iconic Run Melbourne on 28 July. One of the Run Melbourne ambassadors is Special Needs Teacher and model, Brit Davis. We caught up with her to check in her preparation as well as find out a bit about her chosen charity, Berry Street.
Congratulations on being a Run Melbourne 2019 ambassador! We understand that this will be your first running event! Which event will you be participating in and what are you most looking forward to?
I will be running the 10k race and yes this is my first running event! I am looking forward to the challenge, as a teenager I was always a long distance runner and competed in events so it will be nice to get back into it.
You will be supporting Berry Street as your chosen charity. Tell us a bit about why you’re supporting them and what they do?
Berry Street are an organisation that helps children, young people and families impacted by abuse, violence and neglect. The school I work at is adopting the Berry Street Educational Model, so I have been able to see first hand the work that they are doing. I work at a special needs school, but we also have students who are effected by trauma. Berry Street have been able to provide us with training and strategies to help engage the most challenging students. I am really passionate about children having the best opportunities in life free of trauma, abuse and neglect, which is something that is so prevalent in today’s world. Berry Street are doing such a tremendous job, but there is always work to be done.
What are you doing to prepare yourself for the event?
I’m very lucky to have my own gym, so I will be in there at least 4 times a week. My routine varies depending on how my body is feeling. I usually start with 3-4 km run or walk then move into a power/strength workout. I also alternate this with pilates and yoga throughout the week. I don’t have a set routine, I just do what fits in with my schedule that week and if it works in.
What are your top tips for those that will be participating in Run Melbourne this year?
- Find a friend to exercise with
- Mix up your workouts
- Earmuffs or headphones to keep the wind out during these cold months
- Drink lots of water even though it’s cold
- Set a goal to motivate yourself
Run Melbourne will take place across the weekend of Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July. Find out more and sign up at www.runmelbourne.com.au