1st Bridge to Brisbane 10k 2015;
2nd Oceania 10k Championships - 2015;
1st Noosa Half Marathon - 2015;
1st Queensland Short Course Cross Country - 2015;
2nd Australian Steeple Chase Nationals - 2015;
1st Asics 5K Twilight Run - 2015;
2nd Gold Coast Numimbah Trial Run - 2015;
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Greatest sporting achievement:
Australian Team Chiba Ekiden Relay, 4 x QLD 5000 m Champ.
Best piece of advice you have ever been given:
Believe in yourself.
Favourite Endura product and why:
Optimzer (Chocolate) - I find it the best way to recover after sessions. It’s great either mixed into ice cold water or in a shake with some frozen fruit.
How did you get into your chosen sport?
I always loved running, I had some good results in High School but had a few years off and decided to get fit mid 20’s. I love it now more than ever.
How important is diet and sports nutrition supplements to your performance?
Being a full-time teacher and parent, it’s vital. My training load and workload means I get little time to rest and recover, so I rely heavily on supplements and vitamins to assist my daily needs.
What do you normally eat and drink on a typical training day?
Endura Rehydration pre- and post-sessions.
Breakfast - usually a bit of fruit, muesli and yoghurt (and of course a coffee or two).
Morning tea – some fruit or a muesli bar.
Lunch - is often grilled chicken or fish and salad or a salad roll.
Afternoon snack - some fruit, muesli bars or a muffin.
Dinner - is a variety of things, I enjoy good food and cooking so I like to cook a variety of healthy meals. Then maybe a beer or glass of wine to finish off the day.
Where will we find you when you are not training or competing?
I’d like to say surfing, but the reality these days is more likely playing with my two year old daughter Harper or teaching my year six class, which are both rewarding ways to spend my time.
What is your best training tip?
Be consistent with your program.
What are your goals for the next year?
Continue to improve. I hope to run a good Half Marathon.
Who inspires you and why?
I find inspiration from all kinds of places. I have never been one to look up to a certain high profile athlete and try to emulate them. I guess I find inspiration in athletes I coach, running personal bests and seeing training partners exceed expectations and achieve great things.
How long would you normally spend training each week?
I run about 160 km a week so it works out be around two hours most days. I run twice a day most days.
What is your favourite 'before race' meal?
The night before I try to have a good tomato based pasta. Race day I often just have an Endura Energy Gel. Depending on the distance, I might have a bit of toast with honey on it or a banana.
Best nutritional advice?
Enjoy good healthy food and learn about it, knowledge is important. Be aggressive with post-race nutrition, get protein and carbs in as soon as you can. This is where I find Optimizer really beneficial.
How do you stay motivated with training?
Its easy – I want to get faster and I enjoy what I do.
The thing I love the most about being an athlete is...
Being able to test yourself on a regular basis, I love being in tune with my body.
What is a common mistake made in your sport?
People expect to see gains immediately, the nature of endurance sport is that it takes time to see improvements. Enjoy the journey and the little inroads into fitness. I also see a lot of young athletes take racing far too seriously. Relaxing is often easier said than done, but over-thinking the situation and placing too much pressure on yourself only leads to below-par performance in my experience.
Toughest experience in your career / What have you learnt from it?
Injuries are always difficult. I’ve learnt to believe that you will heal and be able to run pain-free again. It’s always a tricky one to be patient and let the body repair.
What is going through your head the moment before you start a race?
In five years time I will be...
Hopefully still running and being fit and healthy.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
I think having a good training environment is critical, it enables you to enjoy what you do.
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