Commonwealth Games comes to Twilight
Commonwealth Games runner loves Twilight
We’re pumped to have thousands of Twilighters from all walks of life ready for a night of getting active under the stars. This includes distance runner Melanie Panayiotou who represented Australia at the marathon Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
Melanie will be running the half marathon at Twilight. We probed her to find out why she loves running, her training for Twilight and why she loves to run at Twilight with people of all abilities.
Q&A with Melanie
Why do you love running?
“I started running for fitness when I was at uni and soon fell in love with it. There’s no doubt it’s an addictive sport!
I love so many things about running: it makes me feel happy and strong; it’s my meditation; I love the simplicity of it, the challenges, the lessons it teaches about hard work and perseverance; and I love that it lets me dream big!”
What’s been your biggest running achievement?
“Representing Australia in the marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was a very proud moment.”
What was your time like running the half marathon in 2013?
“2013 was the year I started running well, and realising my potential in distance running. The Twilight run was my fifth consecutive half marathon PB that year, in the lead up to my first marathon in Melbourne, where I ran 2:41 and a Commonwealth Games qualifier.
What’s special about Twilight and /or night running events?
I do all my longer and harder running in the mornings and usually jog at an easy pace in the evenings. Most road events are held in the mornings, too, so racing at night is something different for me and it is always a bit of fun getting out of the routine.
What’s your goal for Twilight Bay Run 2018?
I am currently in training for a marathon in November, running high mileage and twice a day. The Twilight Bay Run will be a key part of my next block, as maintaining 10K speed through marathon training is not easy, but is very important.
How are you going to prep for the 10km at Twilight?
Although I won’t taper for the event, I will aim to keep up the momentum I’ve had in previous weeks of training. I’ll do a light jog in the morning, eat some easily digestible carbs and rest throughout the day on Saturday.
What’s one message you want to share with others about running?
I would encourage anyone who has ever thought about running, increasing their distance, joining a group, or even entering a race, to get out there and do it. Running can bring so much to your life in addition to the health and fitness benefits.
Come run with Commonwealth Games representative Melanie Panayiotou and thousands of friends at Twilight Bay Run. Get ready for a night of fun, fitness and fireworks this September.