The Garvoc Express, Virginia Moloney, was only out of action for two weeks but has jumped back into training of a different kind.
Moloney took the opportunity for some much-needed time with family and friends before putting the runners back on and jumping back on the track.
“We are taking it easy at the moment and making sure the body recovers properly, because it went through a bit of stress to get to the start line and through the race, so I've just taken a bit of time to relax and fall in love with running again, ” she said.
“At the moment we are working on my form and my technique and it's been nice to peg my running back and break down by running pattern and do some specific drills, like the netballers and footy players do to perfect their skills come game day, runners are the same.”
The Melbourne-based Moloney accepted the Keith Wilson Award, formerly known as the chairperson’s award, at the South West Sport presentation night on Wednesday. The award recognises a sporting identity from the south-west who has gone on to achieve at a high level.
The distance runner, who finished 15th in the highly-talented women’s Commonwealth Games marathon on the Gold Coast in April, said she was humbled to receive the award.
“When I was made aware of it they sent through a list of the past winners and to be even considered among the nominees this year was a really big deal for me and to see the past winners it’s a huge honour to have my name up there with them,” she told The Standard.
“The likes of Jonathan Brown, Tayliah Zimmer were people who were a few years ahead of me at school, and because I wasn't necessarily an athlete when I was at school and I saw how hard they worked and I followed their careers as they have gone on after Emmanuel College, it's really nice to have followed in their footsteps in a way.”