INSPIRED by her new running buddy Bodhi, Kingsley lawyer Laura Bowlt said she is feeling mentally prepared and physically ready to take on her first marathon.
Ms Bowlt will spend this Sunday running 42.2km when she takes part in the Perth Marathon.
Though she knows it is “not going to be easy”, she said raising funds for a worthwhile charity would help her “push through the pain”.
Ms Bowlt is aiming to raise $1500 for Desperate for Love Dog Pound Rescue, where she volunteers and recently fostered kelpie/whippet cross puppy Bodhi.
“Bodhi was saved from euthanasia in the pound by DFL and I’d love to be able to raise some money to help them save more pups and support the great work they do in Perth,” she said.
“What makes DFL so different from other rescues is the philosophy of saving all dogs no matter how old or how long they may have.”
She said last financial year, the charity spent more than $200,000 in vet bills to re-home more than 500 dogs.
“It makes me sad that Bodhi found himself in the pound and facing possible euthanasia, all because someone got a puppy who they no longer had time for and couldn’t train,” she said.
“He has proved himself to be a very quick learner and has a love for life that makes you smile.
“I want to be able to help give other dogs the same opportunities for a second chance.”
For the past few months, Ms Bowlt has been running between 5km and 12km three days a week, between 20km to 30km on Sundays and strength training two to three times a week to minimise risk of injury.
“Since we got Bodhi, he’s been joining me on the shorter runs and the first part of my longer run on a Sunday,” she said.
“I’m nervous and excited about the challenge and trying not to think about the pain or what could go wrong.”
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