Image of Symone smiling and wearing a running bib
When I run, I am able to forget about the anxieties or pressures outside of the track and focus on the present.
Symone Tafuna’i – Member of the Stolen Starts

Q & A

How has running helped you work towards bettering yourself?  

Running is what I call my ‘safe place’ and my ‘best friend’. When I run, I am able to forget about the anxieties or pressures outside of the track and focus on the present. Running has taught me how to be resilient and has allowed me to build on my self-confidence, which I have struggled with throughout my life.  

 

How has running helped you overcome challenges in life? 

I use running as an outlet for me especially when I’m not feeling well mentally. When I get to the track, I leave all my worries and stresses as soon as I leave my car and just focus on my training only. It’s my happy place and I will always cherish it for the rest of my life. 

 

What advice do you have for new runners?  

It is really dependent on what the new runner’s goal is when they begin their own running journey. No matter how big or small your goal is, just remember to always have FUN doing it.