The RMA Podcast explores the lives of everyday women with an inspiring story to tell. We cover the highs and lows of their journey, the impact motherhood has had on their lives, and how running has inspired them to live wilder, dream bigger and change the world around them.
The RMA Podcast. Episode 10. Cherishing life. Lessons and living with stage 4 melanoma with Sarah Terrill.
In 2018 Sarah Terrill had just run her 3rd half marathon at the Run Melbourne festival when she noticed a blister on the back of her shoulder. This blister was actually a mole and she showed showed her father who was a plastic surgeon for over 40 years. Sarah’s dad saw this mole and he was quite alarmed and sent her off to a specialist. This mole was actually an aggressive malignant melanoma. Sarah had had all the necessary treatment required for this melanoma initially, however fast forward to 2020, Sarah had some signs that there may be something major wrong. Sarah’s melanoma had spread to her spine, lungs and brain. Sarah was now diagnosed with Stage 4 Malignant Melanoma. During this episode we talk to Sarah about her journey battling stage 4 melanoma. We talk about what it is like living with cancer and how she shares that experience with those she loves. We talk to Sarah about her journey as a runner, and also the things she looks forward to the most in life, especially when you feel like your days are numbered. This conversation will leave you inspired and make you question your own choices around sun safety and together create awareness around how to avoid skin cancer. To find out more about skin cancer, signs to look out for and how to protect yourself from skin cancer head to: Melanoma Institute Australia www.melanoma.org.auOne of the peak bodies overseeing fundraising and research in Australia. Melanoma Patients Australia1300 884 450www.melanomapatients.org.auAbsolutely incredible support network for patients and carers dealing with melanoma at any stage, volunteer based, not for profit organisation, with state-based monthly meetings, recently created a nurse phone line. Definitely a place to go. Cancer Council131120www.cancer.org.auAgain, super comprehensive content with details on different cancers, treatments, and an excellent resource on talking to kids about cancerAlso www.cancercouncilshop.org.au that has approved sunscreen, hats, shirts, sunglasses etc for sale. This podcast is brought to you by fisiocrem massage gel. Fisiocrem has been helping Running Mums Australia to achievetheir running goals for years now and ease those post-trainingmuscular aches and pains. Hurting sucks and fisiocrem has our back. To shop fisiocrem head to www.fisiocrem.com.au
The RMA Podcast. Episode 9. A reason for your footsteps. Living after stillbirth and finding joy in the long run with Emma Luscombe
On Episode 9 of The RMA Podcast we talk to WA RMA Ambassador, mum of 5 and Ultra runner Emma Luscombe. We talk to Emma about the experience of losing fourth child, her baby girl Evie at 37 weeks due to stillbirth in 2009, and how this has shaped her journey moving forward as a mum and also as a runner. Emma has been an RMA Ambassador for a long time now and as you will hear in this conversation Emma loves ultra running. Emma talks to us about her journey and experiences running ultras and the lessons that she has learned along the way, the strength she has gained from her past experiences and how she draws on that strength when competing and training. We talk about her funny race experiences, along with the hardships of life, and we also dive into the excitement of her latest adventure, The Delirious West 200 miler in 2021 which she is currently training for. Emma shows us that your journey can ride the highs and the lows, but that you can get back up after setbacks and keep going. She also shows us that the journey doesn't have to be perfect, you just have to believe in yourself and have a go, and you can achieve amazing things, even after heartbreak. This story is real, raw and inspiring for every woman. You can follow Emma on instagram at @justanotherultrarunner or on Facebook at Emma- Just another ultra runner.
The RMA Podcast. Episode 8. Finding joy in your own adventures with Michelle Hooper.
On this episode of The RMA Podcast we talk to mum of two and amateur trail runner Michelle Hooper. In the light of the recent lockdowns at the beginning of the year, and subsequently event after event being cancelled or changed to another time, Michelle decided to set herself a goal of running the fastest known self-supported time on the Cape to Cape Track in WA. The Cape to Cape track runs roughly 135km from Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste, in South West WA. The track covers around 30km of beach running, clifftop or inland sandy trails with some tricky slow rock sections and a 4WD track. Michelle needed to run under 26 hours to complete the fastest known self-supported time, and she did just that completing 134km in 25hours 49minutes 49 seconds to claim the new self-supported FKT. Not only did she complete her goal, she raised over $3,500 for the Perth Childrens Foundation in the process. We talk to Michelle about her journey from her first parkrun only 18 months ago to completing this recent achievement, and in this episode we discuss how to really embrace the adventures that life throws at us, and that although we can't control what is going on around us in our world, we can control our mindset and create our own adventures. Throughout this episode we discuss how finding joy in the planning and process of your own adventures can be the most rewarding experience of all. We dive right into training with two young children and navigating the risks along the way while planning for this great adventure. We talk to Michelle about what she learned about herself on this journey and how it has changed her attitude towards running and trail running in general. This conversation will leave you questioning why you lace up, and what brings you the most joy in the adventures you embrace, and maybe if you think a little differently, and be bold enough to try new adventures you may be surprised by the places you will go. You can follow Michelle and her adventures on instagram at @shell.runs or find out more about her FKT here. As discussed in this episode, you can find Michelle's choice of trail nutrition on instagram at @eatnosht.anz.
The RMA Podcast. Episode 7. Running Against Violence with Kirrily Dear.
On episode 7 of The RMA podcast we chat to Run Against Violence co-founder Kirrily Dear about the beginnings of Run Against Violence, its impact and how we can be involved. This is an inspiring story how one women heard the call, acted, and now the catalyst for change has spread far and wide through the power of community to make a difference against family violence in Australia. In this discussion we talk about how Run Against Violence has evolved from 2014 when Kirrily undertook the White Ribbon Ultramarathon, an 860km journey through regional NSW to bring awareness to the massive issue of domestic violence in communities across Australia. We then dive into the 2017 Steps Together Ultra Marathon journey, where Kirrily ran 1300km from Broken Hill to Sydney to give a voice to the often silent victims of family violence, and how this time the campaign was widely supported by the creation of a virtual challenge where teams virtually raced Kirrily along the course to the steps of the Sydney Opera House finish line. We talk to Kirrily about the reason why she started on this journey, and what she learned about herself along the way. The impact from Run Against Violence continues to grow each year, as the virtual challenge now sits on the yearly race calendar for people to spread awareness in our nation, and help drive impact for change against family violence. To find out more visit www.runagainstviolence.comor on instagram @runagainstviolence And you can contact Kirrily at @Kirrilydear or at www.kirrilydear.com
The RMA Podcast. Episode 6. Living a life empowered for change. One woman's story of escaping family violence.
When Geraldine Bilston met her partner she was very much in love and thought that her relationship would end up being the fairy tale romance she always dreamed of. However flash forward a couple of years later with a young two year old daughter, Geraldine realised after enduring many experiences and changes in her partners behaviour that she was in the midst of a family violence relationship.Over a long time deliberating whether to stay or to leave, and being fearful of what that actually meant for her and her young daughter, one night her partner became physically violent towards her. This wasn’t the first time he had been violent, however this time Geraldine realised she needed to escape this situation, not only for herself, but for her young child.In this conversation with Geraldine we discuss the effects of living in a family violence situation. We talk about Geraldine’s experiences and the effect that this had on her relationships with those around her, including her perpetrator and her daughter Katie. We discuss the barriers for women and men seeking assistance who are in a family violence relationship and where you can get help if this is you or someone that you love. This conversation is really important, as the incidence of family violence in Australia is still so high, and through our collective voices, and sharing these stories we can make a difference.We wanted to launch this podcast this week due to the Run Against Violence campaign which kicks off yesterday 30th August. We wanted our voices to be heard along-side that campaign. It is only when we raise our voices in this way that others can hear and see what women and men who are in the midst of family violence are going through, and how collectively we can make a difference.Please share this conversation with those that you know and love. If you find this conversation difficult, or if there is someone in your family or network that you know that is dealing with family violence, please contact: Nation wide assistance;https://www.1800respect.org.au/or Find the below support services at the following link: https://www.dss.gov.au/women/help-is-here-campaign Victoria specialist service;https://www.safesteps.org.au/ NSW specialist service;NSW Domestic Violence Helpline NT specialist service;Darwin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Shelter8945 2284 (24 hours) QLD specialist service;DVConnect South Australia specialist service;Domestic Violence Crisis Line Tasmania specialist service;Safe at Home Family Violence Response and Referral Line Western Australia specialist service;Domestic Violence Helpline Legal services (Australia-wide)Family Violence Law HelpSpecialist Domestic Violence Units (DVUs) MensLine AustraliaMensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns, including issues of violence. Men’s Referral ServiceThe Men’s Referral Service is a men’s family violence telephone counselling, information and referral service for men using or at risk of using violent or controlling behaviour. Geraldine joined RMA in 2014, ran first half marathon at the Gold Coast in 2014, and full marathon in Melbourne also in 2014. Geraldine left an abusive relationship in early 2015, and has been working and volunteering as a family violence advocate for the past 3 and a half years. In in January 2020 Geraldine joined the Victorian Government’s Victim Survivor Advisory Council, and was appointed Deputy Chair in May 2020.(https://www.vic.gov.au/voices-change-meet-our-vsac-members ) Geraldine has appeared on ABC’s “You Can’t Ask That” in 2019, and ABC’s Q & A in March 2020. You can find out more about Geraldine on Instagram @gez_bilston or on her website https://geraldinebilston.com/ To find out more about Run Against Violence, please head to https://www.runagainstvi
The RMA Podcast. Episode 5. Performance & Balance. Olympics & motherhood and all the messy in between
Lisa Weightman is a household name of female distance running both on the international stage, and locally in Australia. Having spent half her life participating in Athletics, namely the marathon, some of Lisa’s achievements include participation at 3 Olympic games, Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio (2016), 2019 World championships (marathon), and two Commonwealth games medals; 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games bronze medal (marathon), 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast silver medal (marathon).Lisa has 2 top 20 IAAF World Cross Country finishes and a team bronze medal to her name, and has placed in the top 8 in 3 World Major marathons in the past 2 years. Lisa resides in Melbourne and is a mum to Pete, wife to her training partner Lachlan. When she isn’t running or mummying, she is a Transformation Consultant and Program Manager at IBM. Lisa is a valued Ambassador of Running Mums Australia, a performance coach and a motivational speaker. During this conversation we discuss the Covid-19 lockdown and it's impact on training and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic games, how Lisa rose to Olympic standard competition from a child who loved to run, the highs and lows of the journey, and her relationship with her training partner and husband Lachlan. We also talk about balancing a corporate career and a career in sport and the support of women in sport at the highest level right down to her connection with everyday mums in RMA. We Also talk about her greatest love of all, motherhood. Lisa’s personal bests are:-5,000m 15:51 (2009)-10,000m 31:55 (2019, Sydney Harbour 10k Course Record, Masters World Record)-Half Marathon 68:48 (2019, Sunshine Coast Course Record, Masters World Record and Australian All-Comers Record)-Marathon 2:25:15 (5th place at the 2017 London Marathon) You can find more information on Lisa at her website, www.lisaweightman.com or on Instagram @lisaweightman