Week 1: 'Put on your shoes, get out of the house'

Hi and welcome to our 12 week training blog in the lead-up to Run Melbourne,

My name is Leon and I’ve been volunteering with East Timor Hearts Fund for two years, since moving to Melbourne from Brisbane. I first became interested in East Timor back in 2013 when I joined a University of Queensland program allowing MBA students to donate their skills to not for profits.

I joined the Terrace Timor Network, a charity that imports Timorese coffee and uses the profits to run economic development programs in Timorese villages around Gleno.

When I returned I decided to focus all my charitable efforts on the future success of Timor-Leste, so that hopefully, in 30 years, the country is in a much better position and I can take satisfaction in having played a small part in the nation’s development.

Since moving to Melbourne in 2014 I have been volunteering with the East Timor Hearts Fund.

I am sharing my training and progress in the lead-up to Run Melbourne on 24 July. 

I did the 10k last year, and also did a half marathon in October, but since then, I’ve gotten lazy with training and put on a few kilos at the same time!

I’ve had great success using training plans in the past, because everything is spelled out for you and all you need to do is put on your shoes and get out of the house. I have chosen the run.com 12 week training plan, but obviously can’t recommend it for anybody else following along! Talk to your doctor before starting any training plan.

This beautiful Autumn Anzac Day long weekend my tip is to hit Melbourne's magnificent King's Domain Gardens, home of the Shrine of Remembrance. 

My goal is to complete the 10k in sub 60 mins, and get from 84kg to 78kg by race day.  Follow me on Runkeeper and feel free to join our fundraising team!

Until next time, happy running!


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  • #1

    assimina (Monday, 25 April 2016 17:01)

    good on you Leon. it's a wonderful team. I did 2013 and love every minute. viva timor leste.