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Friday, May 3, 2013

A bit of a blog for May…. 

After 6 weeks of solid training following a brief but rejuvenating rest week post-Nationals in Sydney, I thought it was time for an update. I was excited last week to officially be named in the Australian marathon team for the World Championships in Moscow this August. There are some great new faces and previous Australian representatives in the team so far (the qualifying period is still open for other events) and I can’t wait to spend a week training with the Aussies just outside of London prior heading across to Russia. The training camp will be held in the same location as before the Olympics. In the meantime I’ll aim to maintain consistent training and some higher mileage in preparation for the 42.195km event – you wouldn’t believe how many people ask “how long will this marathon be?”… I’m hoping it will be as long as the last one I did and the one before that! There have been a few additions to the weekly training routine this year, including a couple of strength and conditioning sessions in the gym at SASI. I am very grateful for the support that SASI have provided to help me achieve those ‘one percenters’ in training. Watching Anna Meares’ documentary on Australian Story the other week both inspired and put things in perspective for me regarding ‘gym work’! Whilst I was pretty happy to have progressed my weights to 30-40kg with squats, Anna is doing a single leg press with 235kg… fortunately as a marathon runner I don’t require that much power but Anna is a true inspiration! Next on the calendar are the National 10000m Road Championships in Tasmania, followed by a half marathon. In the meantime… run, work, gym, eat, drink and sleep will all be pretty important! 

 

Team Tempo Blog 

After 6 weeks of solid training following a brief but rejuvenating rest week post-Nationals in Sydney, I thought I’d put together a bit of an update. Last week I was very excited to be officially named in the Australian marathon team of 5 women for the World Championships in Moscow this August. There are some great new faces and previous Australian representatives in the athletics team so far (the qualifying period is still open for other events) and I can’t wait to spend a week training with the Aussies in England prior heading across to Russia. The training camp will be held in the same location, just outside of London, as before the Olympics. In the meantime I’ll aim to maintain consistent training and some higher mileage in preparation for the 42.195km event – you wouldn’t believe how many people ask, “How long will this marathon be?”… I’m hoping it will be as long as the last one I did and the one before that!  

There have been a few additions to the weekly training routine this year, including a couple of strength and conditioning sessions in the gym at SASI (South Australian Sports Institute). Watching Anna Meares’ documentary on ABC’s Australian Story the other week both inspired and put things in perspective for me regarding ‘gym work’! Whilst I was pretty happy to have progressed my weights to 30-40kg with double squats, Anna is doing a single leg press with 235kg… fortunately as a marathon runner I don’t require that much power but Anna is a true inspiration! Another beneficial change this year has been in working with SASI’s Nutritionist, Olivia Warnes. ‘Liv’ has helped me to put together a very practical nutrition plan for pre- and post- training to optimise recovery and performance. I am very grateful for the services and support that SASI have provided to achieve the ‘one percenters’ in training.  

The bulk of my training is done with Team Tempo runners, a group coached by Adam Didyk that has grown to about 20 runners over the past four years. I have recently noticed just how many other running groups there are in Adelaide at the moment. It’s great to see a large number of people enjoying the benefits of running and getting involved in the multiple fun run events and races that are on offer in South Australia. I have really enjoyed following the results of my fellow teammates and clients (at Flex Clinic) in races ranging from 5000m to full marathons – it is very rewarding to have played a small part in helping them to achieve their goals! 

The next events on the calendar for me are the National 10000m Road Championships in Tasmania, followed by a half marathon at the Gold Coast. In the meantime… run, work, gym, eat, hydrate and sleep will all be important!

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