Meet fisiocrem sponsored athlete Bridgette, the ultimate South Australian Parkrun enthusiast who’s a busy mum and manages to get in her training each week.
Bridgette has a passion for running, regularly participating in Parkrun every Saturday and eagerly registering for various running events throughout the year in Australia.
In 2018, Bridgette successfully completed the New York Marathon. A passing conversation in January of that year with her cousin sparked the idea of running a marathon, and within three weeks, they both signed up for the event. Despite never having run farther than the 12km City 2 Bay event in Adelaide, Bridgette, who thrives on challenges, embraced the task. In May of the same year, she conquered her first half marathon, finding it incredibly challenging but relishing the sense of accomplishment at the finish line. Bridgette continued her training until late October when she travelled to New York to participate in the Marathon on November 4th, an experience she describes as the highlight of her running journey.
Having sustained a femur fracture in late 2021, Bridgette found solace in returning to regular running in 2023. Setting her goals early, she acknowledges that while she hasn’t fully regained her pre-injury performance, she has made substantial improvements following such a significant setback. Bridgette recognises the importance of consistency, prioritising both recovery time and exercise to achieve her objectives. She has also learned to be kind to herself, embracing the inevitable challenges on the journey and understanding that “bad” days are an integral part of the process.
In 2024, Bridgette aims to expand her distance running, aspiring to complete one or two additional half marathons. Additionally, she has set her sights on conquering an inaugural trail running event. Demonstrating dedication, Bridgette maintains consistency in her running routine while delving into more intensive strength training. Recognising the importance of holistic well-being, she allocates time for recovery, stretching, and overall self-care, prioritising the health of both her body and mind.
Bridgette’s biggest supporters are her two teenage sons. She says “My 15-year-old is excelling in his running and helps to keep me motivated for the next event. We often cross the finish line together to create a cherished memory.”
BRIDGETTE’S TOP RECOVERY TIPS
Bridgette’s top recovery tips are “Be kind to yourself, listen to your body and don’t feel bad for needing a rest.”