#whywerun - Rach Nathan
Rach NathanWords & images: Rach Nathan
Born in Bred in Perth WA. A true sandgroper, where most of my childhood memories were spent outdoors soaking up the rays, tanning on the beach, playing backyard cricket, or road tripping for hours and hours up and down our amazing coastline. I have always been a wanderer, an explorer of life. As an only child you have to find your own fun, seek your own dreams and adventures. Even today I continue to do this, instead now the main source comes from running. Whether it be down the coastal path, the Perth hills or going on a road trip seeking awesome tracks. I gain so much mentally and physically with running, and am very grateful to have a body that allows me to do what I love.
My Journey begins way back when I was 9, starting out competing in little Athletics, State track and field for 10 years, scoring a few 4x400m relay golds and a state record in that time. I was coached up until I started seniors in my late teens when my coach became critically ill and I could no longer train. It was at that moment when I decided to complete my diploma in Fitness and start my own PT business, in the hope to create an environment that I had been involved with in little A's and my coach. My aim was to encourage, support and help those who need to kickstart their healthy lifestyle or fitness goals. My business ran for about 5 years, and in that time, I trained a lady who changed my mindset completely. She changed it in a way that I'll be forever grateful for..
I had to keep those dreams in my view. Here in Perth, events still ran, so I stayed connected and volunteered, cheered my friends on and became a strong influence amongst new beginner runners here in WA. I had so much love and support in my corner that I didn't have a chance to be negative about my situation. Always focus on the positives in every situation! And after 2 months I ran for the first time the other day. How good did it feel! Its why I run.. The feeling; The runner's adrenaline, the wind in my hair, the salty skin, being free and alive, amongst nature and the views! I was back and really It's the best feeling in the world, when you run.