Practising what you preach is easier said than done, but Kirstin Bull has it down to a fine art.
By day, the 33-year-old works as a cardiac educator at Epworth Rehabilitation.
But away from the office, Bull lets her actions do the talking.
Her zest for healthy living has helped her become a successful long-distance runner and she recently claimed her most impressive accolade to date.
Competing for Australia at the International Association of Ultrarunners 100km World Championships in the Netherlands, Bull shaved 90 seconds off the previous Australian 100km record to finish 8th in a time of 7:38:28.
Speaking after the race on 12 September, Australia’s new 100km queen said she was still processing her achievement.
“[It’s] pretty surreal, I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” Bull said.
“It was very much touch and go when I knew that the record was on the line, but it’s pretty amazing.”
Bull was one of 10 runners chosen to represent Australia at the Winschoten event.
The two-time reigning Great Ocean Road Marathon champion only ran her first 100km race in June, making her selection and subsequent race feat even more remarkable.
Bull only recently went on long service leave to concentrate more on her running career, but her decision has already yielded perhaps the ultimate reward.