Carin McCoy - Beyond The Medal Ambassador - Melbourne
My name is Carin McCoy and I am proud to be a Beyond The Medal Ambassador
"My running started 6 years ago after the birth of my two sons."
We had spent time in the Childrens hospital with both children over different periods of time and I heard about a fundraiser fun run "Run for the Kids".
I had never run before, never had the confidence or what i thought was a ‘runners body’ but after putting myself out of my comfort zone and training I ran my first ever event at Run for the Kids and not only had i caught the running bug, my life was about to change.
My children and myself are diagnosed with a genetic condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). It is a connective tissue disorder that manifests itself with extremely fragile skin and hyper mobile joint. This comes with many challenges and I knew the moment they were born that i had to step up and be a role model for them. I had to show them that EDS wouldn’t stop us and show them how important exercise is for us in particular.
Since then i have ran in numerous 5kms, 10kms, 15kms, 3 Half marathons, stadium stomps and 2 triathlons.
I hope I am the encouragement people need if they think that perhaps their body isn’t suited to exercise or that only a certain size/shape can be an athlete. Everyone is worth it. And i want everyone to know and reach their potential. I am proud to be a Body Positive Athlete.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Read Carin's Blog www.edsrunfree.wordpress.com
Connect with Carin on Instagram @edsrunfree