Tell us about yourself?
My name is Andrea, I am a wife, a mum of two teenage boys, and I own two businesses. I just turned 50. I love my family, my community, my home, my neighbourhood and my cat. And I love running. I’m the slowest member of every running club I belong to. Despite more than a decade of consistency, I am duck footed, red faced and frizzy haired. I wear thick glasses and I have a mummy tummy. But you know what? I love running. It has redefined me, and given me hope and friends and sunrises and a sense of personal pride. I believe that your pace is NO BARRIER to a rich, joyful experience of running and the view from the back of the pack can be very, very beautiful. I’m an accredited running coach, a gin lover, a business owner and I have a bit of a foul mouth sometimes. I’m also determined, loyal and your biggest cheerleader. I’m in this for the long run.
What is your business or job?
So I decided to qualify as a running coach and offer to support runners like me. Runners without much natural ability but wanting to see what their (very ordinary) bodies are capable of. I wanted to show women how amazing it can be to get to the first 2km marker when six weeks ago you couldn’t run for the phone. Together we make our kids proud and set good examples and clear our heads and make friendships and uncover all the really good coffee shops. Running is about so much more than speed and THAT is the coaching I want to celebrate.
How long have you been in business or your career?
Ive been a runner for about 11 years. I have been a coach for just over 1.
Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur in the first place?
I love seeing the transformation that running makes in my clients lives. You can’t buy being proud of yourself. It’s not something that is ever on sale at target. But with the right coaching, information, support and encouragement, my clients see results in their lives that they never believed were possible and in turn, they take that home to their family, friends and colleagues and it has a real ripple effect on the world. Ive seen clients run for the corner for the first time, and not get puffed. I’ve seen them make it to their first 2km or 5km or 10. I’ve coached women to their first half marathon and marathon and every single one of these milestones matters because its a marker in a life that matters to the person who is living it.
Who has been your greatest influence in business or your job and in your personal life and why?
So when I run, I think about the joy that comes from running on behalf of the loved ones who can’t join me. And I think about the fact that one day I might not be able to run either, but at least I can look back at myself and say, hey, I did well there. I tried and persevered and succeeded. And ultimately, I run because I can.
What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
Another proud moment was being a finalist in the North Shore Business Awards after being in business for less than a year. It was a real validation of an unusual idea, and one that many people told me would fail.
What do you do to inspire other women?
What inspirational qualities do you possess?
I am very empathic. I am very real. I swear a lot. I ‘get’ the strain of the mental load and the intimidation of joining a running program and I provide very practical, achievable strategies to deal with this.
What’s your advice for other women that may want to do what you do?
The hardest part of any run is getting out the door.
What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to Nikki’s blog. ?
What do you do for fun/relaxation?
What’s the best way for our women here to connect with you?