Andrea prepares for pain with the help of run legend
JUST keep going.
That's the advice from Australian long-distance running legend Ron Grant.
Andrea Skews, of Kings Beach, has been training for the gruelling 517km Birdsville Track with the help of Mr Grant since October and is itching to get started.
Mr Grant was the first person to cross the Simpson Desert in summer as well as the first to run around Australia, covering 13,383km in 217 days in 1983.
Ms Skews, a mother of two, said her two goals were to complete the track in the seven-day period and to finish.
"We're looking at doing 40km on the first day and 80 the next day and 90 the next day," she said.
"I'm super confident.
"I've just got to keep going.
"One part of my body's going to hurt and an hour later another will hurt.
"It's just a case of one step in front of the other."
The personal trainer and massage therapist will be the first female to run the Birdsville Track. She starts at Marree in South Australia on Thursday and plans to be in Birdsville on September 5.
Ms Skews aims to raise $100,000 for Sunshine Coast charity Care Outreach, which provides support for struggling farming families.
Having grown up in country Wagga Wagga, she knows first-hand the battles and hardship that farming families endure.
To sponsor Ms Skews and help Care Outreach, visit http://www.careoutreach.com.au.