“I find it ironic, that when I was younger, I got discharged from the army due to not passing my fitness test, now I’m the fittest I have ever been and run faster than that fitness test in my daily training runs.”


33-year-old, Luke Brodrick’s weight had spiraled out of control and tipping the scales at 160kg he had put his health in serious jeopardy and as a result he had to resort to surgery to get a handle on it.


Early last year, recovery from surgery and his weight sitting at 120kgs, if you asked Luke if he considered himself a runner he would’ve laughed and responded, “never in my wildest dreams”! Flash forward 12 months he is running 12 times a week and preparing for his first ever marathon.


But as easy as Luke makes it look now, in the beginning it was a very different story and it took a lot more than “wishing” to reach his fitness goals. Luke had to push through early starts on frosty winter mornings, navigating the self-doubt, balancing his nutrition and gradually building up his distance.


“It took time to get into the right frame of mind to make the change in my life. It definitely doesn’t happen overnight.


“I worked my way up to 5kms through an eight-week program I found on an app. Once I completed that my confidence grew and I took on a 12-week program to eventually work up to 21km, now I run most distances,” Luke explained.



Over his journey to better health Luke has lost a massive 88kgs but it is not just the physical and mental benefits that keeps Luke motivated, in fact it’s the charity aspect that drives him to continue running and keeps him accountable.


“When I first started running in March 2017 I had made a promise to a children’s charity I would run a half marathon. My goal was just to make it to the finish line, but I realised as I was training I wasn’t actually a bad runner and finished the race in sub two hours!


“Having a reason to run helps keep me motivated and gets me out of bed of a morning, not wanting to let anyone down,” Luke said.


Training most mornings and afternoons, Luke averages 12km a run. He plans to run his first marathon in Canberra in April and then take on the Gold Coast Marathon in June, hoping to run a time between 3 to 3.5 hours.


Luke will be running the Gold Coast Marathon as part of a team raising awareness of stroke and how it affects so many people of all different levels of health and fitness.


Despite having several events in his immediate focus, Luke never loses sight of his long-term goal.


“I will never quit! In the past I always said to myself, “you can’t do this, you can’t do that,” now I know, if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.


“Even now I still struggle with self-doubt and at times think I’m not good enough but then I just need to look at how far I’ve come!” Luke explained.