Grace Lever is proud of each and every one of the personal and professional titles she carries, and the author, wife, entrepreneur, daughter, speaker, sister, mentor, and friend is indeed known for possessing a dynamic skill set that has enabled her to accomplish so much in such a brief period of time. A native of Australia who attended college in Sydney but now resides in Adelaide Hills, Grace Lever reviews how female entrepreneurs can apply the principles of doing to ensure their new business ultimately goes on to achieve its full potential for success.
What is your hobby?
Lately I’ve become increasingly interested in exploring my physical limits through long distance running.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
Traveling is a big part of my life, but traveling on a regular basis isn’t always conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Since all you need to go for a run is a pair of trainers on your feet, running was the best way for me to stay fit despite my busy travel schedule.
Tell us what you love about it.
I wasn’t always fond of running, and it was definitely a struggle at first. I love that running always gives you a challenge that must be overcome, and I love that the progress you make is directly tied to the effort you put into it.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
There’s a small group of local runners that meet up on Saturday mornings for a long run, so I run with them whenever I’m in town. I also like to compete in road or trail races, and I recently completed a 12k run.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
So far my running shoes are the only investment I’ve made, but my husband did give me a GPS watch as a gift just a short time ago.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
One of the runners from the Saturday morning group owns a sporting goods store where we all go when we need to replace our shoes or upgrade our running gear in some way.
Are there any good books for beginners?
I’ve always advocated for learning by doing, and I think most beginners would learn more about running by going on a group run with a few experienced runners.
How has this changed your life?
It’s made me feel a lot better about eating several slices of pizza along with a delightful glass of wine, but more importantly, it has allowed me to explore my surroundings in a way that helps me stay fit and healthy during any extended period of travel.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
Have fun and focus on building a base with short, easy runs along with plenty of recovery. Running requires a long-term approach, and trying to take a shortcut almost always leads to injuries.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
None that I’m all that serious about, but I have thought about taking up winemaking. I also consider myself an amateur dog trainer, and I’m quite proud of the progress my puppy Delilah has made since she joined our family.