GEORGIA Gleeson's form of meditation sees her getting up at the crack of dawn, pulling on her sports shoes and running. And running. And running.
It's good practise for the 30-year-old Queanbeyan woman who has been chosen by Rob de Castella and the Indigenous Marathon Project to participate in the New York City Marathon this November.
A relatively late convert to running, Miss Gleeson took it up just 13 months ago, she is feeling a little daunted before her first full marathon.
"This is probably one of the most popular marathons in the world. We get to run through those five boroughs, although I'm not sure how much sight-seeing and observing I'll get to do along the way," she said.
"I'm really excited just for the challenge because mentally, it tests your strength of mind. A lot of people think running is just about your body, your body can do it but sometimes your mind isn't sure."
The Indigenous Marathon Project selects a squad of 12 individuals who strive to promote healthy lifestyles in their communities.
To say that running has changed Miss Gleeson's life is an understatement.
She quit her job as a public servant to become a personal trainer and said she wants to inspire others to make the change.
"I led a very different life, I would go out every week for Friday drinks and had smoked for about 12 years just quitting in the last few years. I wasn't living an active lifestyle.
"That all changed when I signed up for a five kilometre fun run, I was sick of that lifestyle and wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I just fell in love with running, fell in love with fitness," she said.
"I want people, young women in particular, to see what I came from and what fitness has done to improve my life."
These days Miss Gleeson doesn't go a day without pounding the pavement.
"I run every day, it's a big part of my life. I have four kids so at home it's always busy and chaotic. When I run, it's quiet and really peaceful, it puts me into another zone, it's like mediation for me," she said.
As part of their preparations the IMP team is also fundraising to help finance their overseas trip.
Miss Gleeson has organised the Footprints Fundraiser to be held at Queanbeyan Park on Saturday, August 31 from 11am-2pm.
There will be a mini fun run, entertainment by local music group Stik n Move and a barbecue.
Donations can also be contributed by visiting footprints.gofundraise.com.au/page/imp2013.