[The] Journey — Anzari Atik
Athlete — Anzari Atik
Distance — 10km
Tell us a about yourself; who you are, what you do for a living, your hobbies & interests outside of running.
I’m a massive science nerd. I have a Ph.D in neuroscience and was doing my own research in the field of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease for a few years while I lived in the states. I shifted gears a little since coming back to Melbourne, and now work for a Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Development Organisation, which I love. Outside of my professional career I also teach yoga at a few different studios around Melbourne, which is a big passion of mine. I love practising yoga just as much as I love running. When I’m not doing either of those things, I love heading to the gym, swimming, surfing, hanging out with friends, and just doing anything physically active outdoors really.
What event are you training for at the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival?
My initial goal was to do the half, but I got injured (2 disc protrusions) a few months ago. So now that I’m slowly getting back into running, I’m aiming for the 10k which I haven’t raced in a while. I’ve always been half mara or marathon driven so this feels like a nice change of pace.
Is this your first time tackling this distance or first time in an official race and do you have a certain time or goal in mind? Remembering that finishing is a goal in itself!
This won’t be my first time in an official race or tackling this distance. I secretly have a goal time in mind haha but at the moment I’m trying not to add that pressure post-injury and really, I’d just be happy running, finishing feeling good and just finally enjoying the race environment.
Are you planning on training or do you currently run with a group/run crew. If so, what are some of the things you love about running with a group?
I am training at the moment, both on my own and with a run crew, am:pm.rc. I love running with a run crew. It’s a big source of support and accountability for me. It’s easy to roll out of bed for a 6:30am track session when you know you’ll have friends waiting for you and you know it’ll be a fun morning on the track. Some of my now closest friends are ones that I’ve met through a running crew. I think these groups give you access to likeminded people and access to a massive social support network. I’m constantly inspired by achievements and just love being each other’s cheer squad.
What is your main reason or source of motivation for running at the festival or running in general?
Running is my little mental break. It’s a time when I don’t think about anything else other than putting one foot in front of the other. I guess it’s a form of mindfulness or meditation for me. It’s the best way to start my day. I guess my motivation for signing up for festivals/races is that it gives me something to aim for in terms of training, and just something fun to look forward to. It makes me push myself to figure out what my body can do. Which is always fun to find out!
What is your favourite Nike running shoe to clock-up your KMs in and why?
I’m a big fan of the original epic reacts. I love how light they feel and just the sleek design which moulds perfectly to my feet, so they don’t feel bulky. They feel like the perfect track shoes. I’m also keen to check out the vapor flys and alpha flys just going off what I’ve heard about them.