Celebrating Global Running Day
We're celebrating runners around the world with fuel from everyday athletes.
One of our greatest sporting champions Cathy Freeman once said: “All I have to do is run.”
And a definition of what makes someone a runner can be as wide as some pavements that are pounded.
Is it how fast you go? Is it how far you go? Can you have walk breaks and still be a runner?
For some, the pandemic was a prompt to get out of the gym and try something new. For others, it’s a cost-effective way to get fit, with two in five of us citing costs as the main barrier to maintaining health and wellbeing, according to the latest Bupa Pulse Check study.
No matter what kind of runner you are, today we’re celebrating you on Global Runners Day.
We caught up with some of our own team members to find out what fuels them to get running and stay on track.
Sarah is from Melbourne and part of our People team and says running for her is key to good mental health.
“It gives me time to sort through the issues that I am working on, work or personal, and gives them the attention they deserve. I often make big decisions during a run.
I'm fortunate to live near the Merri Creek and the Yarra River so it gives me a chance to get back to nature, which being a country girl is super important to me. I am aiming to increase my pace to an average of 5 minutes 30 secs per kilometre without injuring myself and to run another half in the Melbourne Marathon.
Jennefer works for Bupa Dental in Brisbane and says she loves running, rain, hail or shine.
I enjoy the fresh air and wonderful scenery of Brisbane and beyond. Running is my happy place where I can leave my troubles behind for a few hours and de-stress. When I finish a run or hike, I always feel so much better for it. I adore running.
Glen is Sydney based and works in our Wellbeing Rewards team and says there’s nothing like lacing up and getting out there.
I like it because it's total me time. I run in the early morning, so it's nice and quiet. No real goals other than to just mix up where I go.
Dan Baptista works in our Brisbane operations office and admits his running buddy may have an advantage, as she has four legs.
Gerti may be a schnoodle on the outside but she’s a kelpie on the inside. She’s helped me stay the course in my efforts to recover the fitness I’ve lost over the last few years. I’ll be joining the Calamvale runners group in coming months to lock in a regular run with what I know is a great community group.
Man from Bupa Hong Kong runs three to four times a week and says it puts a smile on her face.
Keen to get started? We’ve got some top tips to get you on your way. Get started running.
It also gives me confidence and mental persistence. The scenery is also beautiful so it’s great to get out and run.