Ultra Distance Trail Runner
What does your standard training week involve?
- 1 x long trail run
- 1 x hills session
- 1 x hike with weight vest
- 1 x recovery run
- 1-2 x hot yoga classes
- 1 x myotherapy/osteotherapy treatment
- Teaching two pump classes
- Coaching 3 x 2XU run crew sessions
Where is your favourite place to train?
The great outdoors! Mountains, beaches, and single track. I am lucky enough to live at the base of the Dandenong Ranges
(east of Melbourne, Victoria), but we will often travel and explore new trails on a Sunday morning.
What is your favourite 2XU garment? When do you use it and why?
Anything that keeps me warm when training in the cold (Gloves, arm warmers, leg warmers, beanies, booties, thermal tops, jackets etc) - I do not like being cold when training! I love 2XU’s great range of winter training apparel.
What is your favourite training accessory?
Weight vest. I try to hike regularly with an extra 10-12kg. This has helped with my leg strength and mountain
climbing in a huge way.
What has been the toughest experience in your career and what did you learn from it?
Bonking in a 100km race. Going out too hard and not eating and drinking enough. I have learned to pace myself better and to look after my hydration and nutrition a lot better. There are so many variables when running such a long way. You need to control what you can. You need to eat even if you don’t feel like it.
What’s the most common training mistake you see on the circuit? Any suggestions on how to avoid it?
The endorphins you gain from Ultra distance running and trail running are better than any drug. The vibe is infectious and it is very easy to
get caught up in everyone else’s training and over do it. I recommend a balance of running, strength training, cross training, and listening to your body.
Sometimes you just need to rest. Try to stick to a rough plan and never take it too seriously. The best sessions are those enjoyed with mates.
What motivates you to train and race harder?
The sense of achievement at competing at the top in harder and more technical races around the world. And the potential to again represent Australia.
Describe your diet/meal plan leading up to a big race:
Lots of food, adding a little more carbs than normal with pasta and rice dishes. I always eat pretty well but live by the motto 'everything in moderation.
How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?
Amongst working full time, studying my masters, teaching Body Pump classes and coaching the Camberwell 2XU run crew, work/life balance
can be tough to achieve! Sleep is often lacking. I make sure to always spend time with friends and family and often this will be by doing something
active, killing two birds with one stone! I am lucky enough to be able to train with my best mates and partner and never miss a Sunday family dinner.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful (either for training or competition)?
I am lucky enough to be sponsored by FitHealth Nutrition (Frankston), VFuel Australia, and SOS rehydrate, who supply me with a range of products:
- VFuel drink and gels for racing.
- SOS rehydrate electrolytes for preparing, racing, and recovering.
- GNC Choc mint low carb delite protein for recovery.
- Multivitamins, Fish oil, Magnesium, Triflex, and Vit B for general well being.
Best and worst thing about being a professional athlete:
Given that I still need to work a full time job, the worst thing for me is a lack of time to fit everything in, and never enough annual leave!
The best things about being a high level athlete are that I am able to inspire others and share my knowledge and experience while being a role model
for health and well being.
In five years time, I'll be:
Continuing to run around the world.
- Winning the 2015 Surf Coast Century, doubling as the National Championship and breaking my own course record.
- Representing Australia at the World Trail Championships in Annecy, France, in May 2015. I placed 19th female, and was the first
Aussie woman home.
- Winning the 2015 Himalayan 100- 100 mile stage race in India. My partner and I ran the whole way together- it was a special experience
for us to win together.