A Brisbane-based mum and writer, I love nothing more than a day out with family and friends.
Published March 10th 2012
Regardless of your gender, if you're trying to improve your fitness (and maybe lose a bit of weight along the way) one of the greatest motivational aids is to register for an organised sporting event, such as a fun-run or triathlon. By having that event date locked in (and paid for) it provides you with a goal to focus on and a distance to build up to in your training.
However, if you are just starting out with running (or even walking for that matter) or if you are new to organised sporting events, it can all be a little intimidating, especially for women. This is where the amazingly supportive and inclusive atmosphere of the women-focused sporting events comes in. And there are plenty to choose from throughout the year.
International Women's Day Walk 11.03.12, South Bank, Brisbane
This morning I participated in the annual International Women's Day Walk - a 5km event that starts and finishes at the South Bank Parklands in Brisbane. This year the beneficiary of the event was Chicks In Pink, which sees funds and awareness raised in the name of breast cancer research.
Today's event was open to both men and women, however there are some events that are women-only, which are great for those ladies who are really nervous about getting their sweat on amongst a bunch of blokes.
One of my favourite ladies-only events is the Triathlon Pink, or "Pinkie Tri", which holds events each year around Australia with Queensland hosting a Pinkie Tri event on the Gold Coast on 21st October this year and the Sunshine Coast on 25th November.
You can enter on your own, or as a team - allowing each team member to compete one leg each. There is something for everyone with the enticer (beginner) distance of 100m swim/3km ride/1km run, through to the long course distance of 300m swim/6km ride/3km run.
Mother's Day Classic Fun Run The next Brisbane based women-focused event is the annual Mother's Day Classic. It will be held on Sunday 13th May (Mother's Day) and includes a 4km and 8km walk and run, starting and finishing at South Bank Parklands.
The best part about entering a sporting event, with a focus on women, is that the day is geared towards celebrating women and encouraging them to get involved in the sport. Of course the more seasoned ladies enjoy the camaraderie and festivities, such as dressing up and hamming it up, but there is a real focus on supporting and congratulating the first-timers for simply choosing to try something new and for following through by turning up on the day (you have to choose to get out of bed and get active). If you can do that the rest is a breeze. It is never about what time you do the event in, it is all about celebrating women getting active and it is such a buzz to be a part of that positive vibe.
I have to warn you that once you start competing in these events, you will have so much fun that you will want to sign up for the next one immediately, and you may find yourself looking to the interstate events and making a long weekend of it with some like-minded ladies. Interstate dates for Triathlon Pink: Sydney: 8 Oct 12, Perth: 6 Nov 12, Melbourne: TBA Jan 13.
So go on girls, get out there and celebrate women getting active.
Do you have some more women-focused events to add to this list?