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JOCK ATHLETIC PAYS TRIBUTE TO “AUSSIE” DAVID RUDISHA. THE ATHLETE TRIBUTE WAS TOUGH TO PICK THIS MONTH AND IS USUALLY RESERVED FOR A GREAT AUSSIE ACHIEVEMENT. WHAT’S MY FAVOURITE OLYMPIC MOMENT,? WELL THERE ARE ABOUT 50 OF THEM - ANNA MEARES AND SALLY PEARSON, TO NAME BUT TWO. WELL THIS MONTH’S ATHLETE IS PART AUSSIE, AS HE TRAINS IN AUSTRALIA AND AT THE OLYMPICS HE WAS BEING CALLED “AUSSIE DAVE”. OUR TRIBUTE GOES TO KENYAN 800M RUNNER DAVID RUDISHA, WINNING THE OLYMPIC FINAL IN WORLD RECORD TIME AND PUTTING ON A MASTER CLASS ON HOW TO RUN TECHNICALLY, TACTICALLY AND GRACIOUSLY. IT WAS MAGNIFICENT. I HAVE BEEN WATCHING HIM FOR SOME TIME AND ONCE HE BURSTS FOR HOME WITH 200M TO GO, THERE IS NOTHING LIKE HIS TECHNIQUE - THERE ARE VERY FEW BETTER SIGHTS IN WORLD SPORT. AUSSIE DAVE, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, YOUR FORM AND TALENT PROMISED SO MUCH LEADING UP TO THE OLYMPICS AND ON THE BIGGEST STAGE, WITH THE GREATEST PRESSURE, YOU RAN THE GREATEST 800M RUN OF ALL TIME.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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I STILL DON’T WANT TO TALK ANYTHING BUT THE OLYMPICS, BUT I KNOW I’VE GOT TO GET PAST IT. I’M SUFFERING A LITTLE FROM A POST OLYMPIC HANGOVER, BUT THANKFULLY THE PARALYMPICS HAVE STARTED, FOOTY FINALS ARE HERE, THE CRICKET IS BACK, NUTRI GRAIN IRONMAN TRIALS ARE THIS MONTH AND THERE ARE RACES ON EVERYWHERE, WITH THE BLACKMORES SYDNEY RUNNING FESTIVAL LOOMING. THE OLYMPICS FINISHED WITH A BOOM! USAIN AND HIS JAMAICAN TEAMMATES FINISHED WITH A WORLD RECORD IN THE RELAY, SALLY PEARSON WON IN STYLE, MO FARAH’S RUNNING MADE ME VERY HAPPY, BUT DAVID RUDISHA FROM KENYA WAS THE STAR FOR ME, THE 800M WORLD CHAMPION, NOW OLYMPIC CHAMPION AND WORLD RECORD HOLDER. FOR ME IT WAS MORE THE CLASS IN WHICH HE DID IT. AS ANOTHER TRIBUTE, THIS MONTH WE HAVE WORLD SURFING CHAMPION, STEPHANIE GILMORE, GRACING OUR COVER. AFTER HER WIN AT THE ROXY PRO IN BIARRITZ FRANCE IN JULY, STEPH SECURED HER 5TH WORLD TITLE. AN UNBELIEVABLE ACHIEVEMENT FROM SUCH A GRACIOUS YOUNG WOMAN. THIS MONTH, DR. MIKE MARTIN EXPLAINS HOW STEPH LEARNED TO STAY ‘PRESENT-FOCUSED’ IN HER COMEBACK TO COMPETITION SURFING. THIS MONTH WE SEE THE EMERGENCE OF THIS “NEW” AUSSIE T20 STAR FOR THE T20 WORLD CUP, THE EVERGREEN BRAD HOGG. AT OVER THE AGE OF 40 HE’S SHOWING THE YOUNGSTERS HOW TO DO IT. GREAT TO SEE HIM BACK ON TOP. ONCE AGAIN ANOTHER ATHLETE PROVING THAT YOU CAN COMPETE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL INTO YOUR 40’S IF YOU HAVE THE DRIVE AND ARE PREPARED TO WORK HARD. HIS INTERVIEW INSIDE IS EXTREMELY HONEST AND TYPICALLY HOGGY! JOCK ATHLETIC ATHLETES HAVE BEEN CARVING IT UP HERE AND ABROAD AND THIS MONTH WE FAREWELL SOCCER PLAYER BLAKE FOWLER WHO’S OFF BACK TO BOLTON WANDERERS (ENGLAND) FOR THE SEASON WITH A SCHOLARSHIP IN THE ACADEMY SIDE. YOU’VE PUT IN THE WORK MATE, NOW GO GET WHAT YOU DESERVE. HAVE A GREAT MONTH

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THIS MONTH » 10 OLYMPIC WRAP

Dan Atkins, Craig Stevens & Peter Hadfield OAM

24 MUST DO EVENT OF THE MONTH Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

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Professional Athlete Profile

40 HANDICAPPED OR HANDICAPABLE

Empirica Research

44 FIGHT HAY FEVER

THE NATURAL WAY

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LIGHTWEIGHT RUNNING SHOES & THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT

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76 HOLIDAY RUNNING Melissa Campbell

82 ATHLETE NEWS Jock Athletic

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CONTRIBUTORS Dan Atkins, Jock Campbell, Rebecca Gawthorne, Peter Hadfield, Daniel Lane, Michael Martin, Siobhan McCarthy, Craig Stevens,

Cover Image: Stephanie Gilmore winning the Roxy Pro in Biarritz France and her 5th World Surfing Title. Getty Images


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LON DONWRAP JOCK ATHLETIC IS PRIVILEGED TO HAVE SOME OF THE BEST COACHES, OLYMPIANS AND COMMENTATORS ON ITS “BOOKS” TO BRING YOU A WELL ROUNDED VIEW ON THE LONDON OLYMPICS.

THIS MONTH THEY BRING US THEIR VIEWS ON EVERYTHING FROM TEAM STRATEGIES, RACE TACTICS, THE HIGHS, THE LOWS AS WELL AS THEIR OWN PERSONAL OPINIONS AS TO WHAT WE DID WELL, WHERE WE WENT WRONG AND HOW WE CAN IMPROVE. IF YOU’RE KEEN ON SPORT OR ARE HOPING TO ONE DAY BE AN OLYMPIAN, THEN THIS IS A MUST-READ. SEPTEMBER 2012

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ATHLETICS REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU VIEW THE BRITS, THEY ARE CERTAINLY ‘A’ CLASS SUPPORTERS AT A SPORTING EVENT. THE ATMOSPHERE INSIDE THE LONDON OLYMPIC STADIUM WAS THE BEST I HAVE ENCOUNTERED IN OVER 30 YEARS OF COMPETING IN AND COVERING ELITE ATHLETICS. 80,000 SPECTATORS PACKED THE STADIUM AT EVERY SESSION AND THEY WITNESSED ONE OF THE BEST MEETS OF ALL TIME. FOUR WORLD RECORDS WERE SET AND A HOST OF OLYMPIC RECORDS WERE CREATED.

SALLY PEARSON WAS THE OBVIOUS AUSTRALIAN HIGHLIGHT. SALLY WAS CARRYING THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE ENTIRE AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC COMING INTO THE GAMES AS THE ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE TO WIN THE 100M HURDLES AFTER A WINNING STREAK OF COMMONWEALTH GAMES GOLD, WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD AND A VICTORY EARLIER THIS YEAR OVER 60M AT THE WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS.

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She looked in total control through the early rounds winning the heat comfortably in 12.57 and the semi final in 12.39 which was her season’s best and superior to all her challengers. In the final she customarily won the start and looked to be heading to a comfortable victory but the determination of the defending Olympic champion Dawn Harper almost upset Person as they both lunged to the line together with Pearson just taking victory in a new Olympic Record of 12.35, just 2/100ths of a second ahead of Harper. Harper’s time was a personal best and so too the time of Bronze medallist Kellie Wells, who inflicted Sally’s only defeat of the season at the last Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace just prior to the Games. Long Jumper Mitchell Watt had the perfect opportunity to become the Olympic Champion with the weakest international field for over 40 years. 8.35m was the best performance of 2012 leading into the Games well below Watt’s personal best of 8.54m Outwardly he claimed that he was satisfied with his 8.16m to win Silver behind British Champion Greg Rutherford 8.31 but inwardly he must have been thinking that a Gold Medal opportunity had escaped him. Jared Tallent must be the most courageous athlete on the team. His Silver medal performance in the Men’s 50K Walk in a


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personal best time of 3hrs 36 min 53 secs following another personal best in the 20Km walk where we placed outside the medals displays a consistency unparalleled by other Aussie athletes, particularly when you consider he won a Silver and Bronze in these events four years ago in Beijing. There were a host of other solid performances by the Australians who didn’t medal. 19 year old Steven Solomon created a personal best of to win a Bronze Medal at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona of 45.52 a month prior to the Games. He improved on this at 45.18 to go through the first round of the Games 400m and then broke 45 seconds for the first time to qualify for the final at 44.97. Although he wasn’t able to match the talents of the other finalists, all points to a strong future for this young Sydneysider who now heads off to Stanford University in the US to study Medicine. Zoe Buckman created a PB in the 1500m at 4.05.03 and other personal bests were achieved by Genevieve La Caze in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase 9.37.90, Lisa Weightman in the Women’s Marathon 2.27.32 and Dani Samuels threw a season’s best in the Discus to qualify for the final 63.97.

The World Records were obvious international highlights with Usain Bolt’s repeat treble in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay in World record time showcasing the track program. He was the superstar of London. Alison Felix similarly trebled in the 200m, 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays with a world record in the one lap relay. Her split time in the 4 x 400m I’m sure would have won her gold in the individual 400m and she is a text book sprinter running with perfect style and relaxation. What was also outstanding was the performance of the youngsters at these Games. Under 20’s Nijel (Botswana) and Timothy Kitum (Kenya) to win Silver and Bronze in the Men’s 800m and Kirana James (Grenada) and Luguelin Santos (Dominican Republic) winning Gold and Silver in the Men’s 400m will ensure solid performances for a generation. The Brits had their highlights at their home Games with Mo Farah doubling to win gold in both the 5,000m and 10,000 and poster girl Jessica Ennis won the Women’s Heptathlon in style.

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It was a pleasure to be live in the stadium to witness such a wonderful meet. These were my seventh Olympics as a commentator and my ninth overall when you add the two Games I competed in 1980 and 1984. I continue to be motivated and inspired by the performances of these elite athletes. I hope you enjoyed my radio coverage and I also hope that the feats achieved by the athletes at these Olympic Games will motivate you to achieve whatever it is you dream of, whether it be in sport or life in general.

MY HIGHLIGHT WAS THE WORLD RECORD SET BY DAVID RUDISHA FROM KENYA IN THE MEN’S 800M. SOMEONE WHO CAN RUN A 400M IN 49 SECS AND THEN KEEP GOING TO RUN 1.40.91 DESERVES A GOLD MEDAL. HIS PERFORMANCE WAS MIND BLOWING AND SHOWED A TOTAL DOMINANCE OF THE EVENT.

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FROM THE NOTEBOOK... THE AUSTRALIAN SELECTORS’ INSISTENCE IN SELECTING RELAY TEAMS HAD MIXED RESULTS.

THE 4 X 400M RELAY TEAM SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN SELECTED AND THEY PERFORMED ACCORDINGLY.

THE 4 X 100M DID QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL WITH AN AUSTRALIAN RECORD EQUALLING PERFORMANCE OF 38.17. AT LEAST THEY CAN SAY THAT THEY WERE A PART OF A WORLD RECORD RACE EVEN THOUGH

THEY WERE A LONG WAY FROM THE ACTION.

I’M STILL CONVINCED THAT THE FACT THAT NO INDIVIDUAL MALE OR FEMALE SPRINTER FROM AUSTRALIA EXCEPT FOR SALLY PEARSON QUALIFIED FOR INDIVIDUAL BERTHS IS PROPAGATED BY THE SELECTORS’ INSISTENCE TO SELECT 5 OR 6 RELAY RUNNERS FOR EVERY RELAY EVENT. I’M HAPPY FOR RELAY TEAMS TO BE PICKED IF RUNNERS QUALIFY INDIVIDUALLY BUT

I AM ADAMANT THAT THE MEDIOCRITY CREATED BY SELECTING RELAY SQUADS WHERE NONE OF THEM QUALIFY IS PROVEN BY THE FACT THAT WE AREN’T DEVELOPING SPRINTERS. LET’S USE THE STEVEN SOLOMON PERFORMANCE AS AN EXAMPLE. CREATE A SELECTION STANDARD BUT PROVIDE A GUARANTEE OF ONE SPOT IF THE STANDARD ISN’T ACHIEVED. THIS WILL PROVIDE COMPETITION IN THE SPRINTS UNPARALLELED OVER THE PAST DECADE AND WHO KNOWS, WE MIGHT JUST GET A FEW PEOPLE WHO CAN RUN QUICKLY AND ONLY THEN LET’S SELECT A RELAY TEAM!

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TRIATHLON NOW THAT THE DUST HAS SETTLED ON THE LONDON OLYMPICS I WAS REALLY INTRIGUED BY HOW BOTH RACES PANNED OUT. I’VE REPLAY BOTH RACES AND HAVE BEEN OVER THEM BOTH IN DEPTH TO STUDY THE WAY EACH OF THE KEY PLAYERS WON OR LOST THEIR RACE.

THE WOMEN: The women’s race was one of the most exciting races I have ever seen. There was rain apparent oil on the road. Bad skills and brilliant tactics played out and to me the best athletes won both races hands down. The most noticeable feature for me in the girls was that even though I believe Erin Densham raced to her extreme both Lisa Norden (silver medal) and Nicola Spirig (gold medal winner) held their technical form all the way to the finish. To me, and this is my opinion only, Erin didn’t back her ability or early season form enough or maybe, just maybe, didn’t give both the gold and silver medallist enough respect in the last 6km. I would have expected Erin to do what she has

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done so much better than any other female athlete on the planet and give it her 100% effort out of transition a bit like the way the Brownlee’s went out at 2.45 km pace for the first two km’s. Erin’s best asset I believe is her starting speed and then holding on for dear life. But in the last two km’s whilst still leading and pushing the pace, both Spirig and Norden used Densham’s pace to just tap away. This was evident as Groff from the US clawed her way back into the top group with 3km to go after getting dropped at the 4km mark, to again get spat out once more when the pace lifted with 2km to go. I would have loved to see Densham win, that is for sure! I backed her to win a medal as I did Spirig in the lead up to these Games but it is funny how the big show (the Olympics) purely goes to the one that wants it the most! In the end I wished they called the girls race a dead heat as both absolutely gave it 110% to the line. Erin lost her form noticeably with about 1500m to go and suffered the consequence of the two other girls being stronger and to me having more work underneath them.


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The last interesting fact from the girl’s race is that both Spirig and Norden are both coached by Queensland coaches who are not part of the National system and base themselves around the world. Both coaches backed the other coach’s athlete to win, another interesting fact. The respect level these two coaches have for each other pushes themselves to be the best two coaches in the world and to produce world class performances on the biggest stage. Our girls raced well, except for Emma Moffat’s crash who I really believe could have changed the race completely and made the initial first few km’s on the run harder. Emma Jackson at the tender age of 20 raced hard to finish brilliantly in 8th. I saw this as the perfect race for “Jacko” and will set her up for the future.

Look out Rio for Our girls!!!

NICOLA SPIRIG OF SWITZERLAND (RIGHT) AND LISA NORDEN OF SWEEDEN GIVE IT EVERYTHING THEY’VE GOT LEFT TO PRODUCE ONE OF THE MOST EXHILARATING FINISHES IN OLYMPIC HISTORY! WHILST THEY WERE GIVEN THE SAME FINISHING TIME OF 1:49:48, NORDIG WAS AWARDED THE GOLD AFTER CROSSING THE LINE FIRST IN A PHOTO FINISH!

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THE MEN: A lot of people ask me:

“Why are the Brownlee’s that much better than anyone else?” Well genetics helps that is for sure. Both Mum and Dad have a very good background in sport, running and rowing which both sports have very high level of aerobic conditioning. Both the boys train like lunatics and train at a very high intensity level year round. But for me one of the reasons these boys are so good, is that they know how good they are. Some call this arrogance but as long as the respect level is there for those that help them, I’m all for athlete arrogance. It was very evident that Team GB was set up for a 1,2 finish, but they also had a combatant in Richard Varga ( Slovakia) who lead out of the water and helped them in the front pack that consisted of both the Brownlee’s, Varga and Gomez ( silver medallist). Varga trained with the Brownlee’s in the lead up to London and proved to be a huge asset on the bike to the Great Britain duo.

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we won’t win a medal at any international competition for a long time. Alistair was easily the most dominant athlete in the front pack on the bike and once the chase pack caught up he attacked again all the way to lead off the bike. This was very impressive. He is definitely what I call a once in a life time athlete. A Michael Jordan style athlete. The one athlete however that has challenged the Brownlee’s all the way to London has been Javier Gomez. He has studied both the boys, their progression and he has improved his ability swim bike and run to challenge the brothers and was rewarded with the silver medal. His initial and back end speed on the run has improved out of sight. I really commend his coach and staff for his continual improvement There has been a lot said about the progression of our sport, but in my eyes there have only really been three athletes that have progressed in the men’s field. The two Brownlee’s and Gomez. I do wonder how good Gomez would be if the Brownlee boys where in another sport. And does make you think why haven’t Australia, as a leading triathlon nation progressed in the men’s or sought out ways to battle these freaks of nature. Is it our talent? I don’t believe so. Is it our coach knowledge of the sport? Now this is a topic of debate.


I could perhaps speculate about what the Brownlee’s do in their day to day training environment but I would be doing just that, guessing! I would like to think they are doing what any of the other athletes are doing and that is grinding away at it day after day. Maybe their balance of life is better being that there are two of them chasing the same dreams and goals. They joked (I think?) of the chance of running hand in hand across the finish line in London to claim the united gold, that was the level of confidence both the boys had pre race. The IOC heads squashed any thoughts of this threatening to remove any medal the boys won if this was the case.

“IF YOU STUDY THE FACE OF ALISTAIR BROWNLEE (FRONT) CLOSELY THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE RUN LEG, TO ME HE WAS THE ‘ONE’ ATHLETE THAT WAS PREPARED TO HURT THE MOST... HE IS DEFINITELY WHAT I CALL A ONCE IN A LIFE TIME ATHLETE. A MICHAEL JORDAN STYLE ATHLETE. “

I would love the opportunity to spend some time in their training environment for a week and see what it is that makes them so much better than everyone else. But if you study the face of Alistair closely throughout the entire run leg, to me he was just the “one” athlete that was prepared the most to hurt more than the others. His faced was etched in pain from the moment he got off the bike to the moment he finished. Johnny was that sick and unwell post race they had to delay the medal ceremony because he was in the medical tent. Both committed to the finish tape. Their talent might be a genetically given gift but they also seem to want it more than any other does and they are prepared to hurt just that bit more than anyone else.

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It was a fitting end to both races at the Olympics to have all 6 medalists lying on the ground in complete exhaustion whilst all the others waltzed across the line being content with 4th to who cares!!!!

Long and the short of it for Australia, we need to come up with ideas on training and planning that isn’t so mainstream. We need to find and develop new ways to challenge what’s best for our athletes, not what is popular belief. We must assume as a nation there has to be a better way of doing everything we do as coaches and athletes. We have to stop assuming that a thing which has never been done before probably cannot be done at all. We need to start engaging the superb sports science staff at the Australian Institute of Sport.

When was the last time we did something for the first time and applied it long enough to gain the benefits? We have two years until Scotland holds the Commonwealth Games, we will see how we have if we have progressed. Until then we are going to hurt watching these amazing athletes keep swimming, riding and running away from us.

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DAN ATKINS IS THE DIRECTOR OF D.A.T RACING IN BRISBANE AND HAS SOME 23 YEARS EXPERIENCE AS A COACH AND ATHLETE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR DAN, PLEASE CONTACT HIM VIA EMAIL: DANATKINS08@GMAIL.COM.

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SWIMMING THERE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE THINGS EITHER OUT OF AN ATHLETE’S CONTROL OR THAT AN ATHLETE DOES DIFFERENT THAT ARE A FACTOR IN HOW THEY PERFORM ON RACE DAY. NOWHERE ARE THESE OUTSIDE INFLUENCES MORE EVIDENT THAN AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES.

No matter what sport our Olympians compete in there are so many distractions not only leading up to the Games itself but especially once they arrive into the Athletes Village. Australian Swimming selection trials were held back in March 2012, approximately four months before the Olympics. Some believe the trials are too far out for the Olympics and when nations such as the USA have their trials a lot closer it always pops up as to whether we too should have our trials closer to the major International meets. It is always going to be different for each individual, but since Australia is so far away from where a lot of the tough racing is, it has always been a thought that if we can give the team enough time to get another full training phase in as well as some tough racing overseas then that is the best thing for our swim team. The way our team performed has been criticised by some but overall the performance 22

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was not that bad at all. We had ten medals in total, one gold, six silver and three bronze. Two of those silver were so nearly gold’s and four of the six relays came home with a medal, the 4x100m Freestyle Relay girls being the one gold for the meet. There were numerous personal bests and swimmers that were not supposed to get past the heat stage ended up making SemiFinals and also Finals. Especially from such a young inexperienced team this was great as it is usually the young ‘rookies’ who are the easiest distracted inside the Olympic Village.

INFLUENCING FACTORS Before the trials for most swimmers there is really not much pressure apart from the pressure you put on yourself. Most of your training is at home where you are in a routine and your body knows exactly what is going on. There is not much that changes and everything usually goes to plan. It is also our summer season where it is much more motivating with the warmer weather. Once selected in the Olympic Team it is a massive buzz, all the hard work has paid off and you are excited to be going to the Olympics. But training after the Trials is not the same as it was before. The more experienced athletes know how to deal with the changes but the younger ones do find it hard. These changes


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could be team orientation camps, altitude training camps, even the odd late night attending dinner appearances where people want to meet you and hear your story. Then of course it gets colder and that can lead to illness. All these things might not seem like much but if you are not use to doing things differently they can affect you in the long run. The biggest influence is the Olympic Village itself. The swim team has a pre camp for about 10 days before moving into the village and you are put into a coaching group. Food could be different and you also have to get your body clock adjusted if there is a time difference. Then you move into the Olympic Village, everyone is waiting to see what it will be like. First is getting the uniform, two massive bags filled with clothes, shoes, suits and of course your swim suits. Getting around the village is usually on foot and this could mean a lot more walking than what you usually do! Most people also want to explore and see what is about and see what all the ‘free stuff’ is too. One of the first places to visit is the food hall, it is HUGE, everyone from every sport eating at the one spot, you can spend hours sampling and watching the different body types and picking which sport they do, but you have to remember why you are there. The Australian team has a team welcoming reception and also inside the village is a flag raising ceremony for each nation. The swimmers use this as their

Opening Ceremony getting dressed up in the official gear as we are unable to march a couple of days later. All these things can be major in how you go at the Olympics, some getting caught up too much in the experience while others thrive and compete like they never have before!

CRAIG STEVENS IS A FORMER OLYMPIC SWIMMER, SPECIALISING IN THE 400M, 800M AND 1500M FREESTYLE EVENTS. HE IS NOW HEAD COACH OF THE ELITE SQUAD AT SANS SOUCI LEISURE CENTRE.

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Sydney Running Festival SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER, 2012


THE BLACKMORES SYDNEY RUNNING FESTIVAL FIRST CAME TO MY ATTENTION AFTER THE OLYMPIC MARATHON. WATCHING THE GREAT SCENERY IN THE SYDNEY 2000 GAMES REMINDED ME OF HOW NICE OUR CITY IS AND WHAT A GREAT WAY TO SEE IT. GETTING TO RUN OVER THE HARBOUR BRIDGE AND RUNNING FOR THE MCGRATH FOUNDATION WAS AN EASY INVITATION FOR ME TO RUN IN WHAT’S BECOME AN ICONIC EVENT. The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival gives you the only chance in the year to cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic-free by foot and take in Sydney’s spectacular sights. I’ve taken in this event for a number of years now and there’s a race, jog or walk for every level. I do the 4km these days, as it’s a smashup across the bridge and finish at the Opera House stairs, you feel fast (even if you don’t look it) whilst it gives me time to see all my other clients and athletes finish the other events. There’s always a great carnival atmosphere, spring is in the air and you get to see the harbour and the great Sydney landmarks along the way. The strange sight of the Harbour Bridge without cars is something to behold and experience first hand. Each event attracts runners of Olympic standard to the Average Joe from around the World.

You can choose from four events: • The Sunday Telegraph Family Fun Run/ Walk is all about taking part and being active. You can jog, walk or stroll in this popular 3.5km event. • The Sunday Telegraph body+soul Bridge Run is a 9km course for those wanting to test their fitness. • The Blackmores Sydney Marathon (42.2km) and Blackmores Half Marathon (21.1km) are for serious runners and attract competitors from around Australia and overseas. This year over 35,000 people are expected to take part across all events. Jock Athletic have set our Average Joe’s Runners Club a program to aim for the event, and invited our athletes to come along as well. We have runners in all four events and even two marathon virgins. We’re really looking forward to this year’s event and can’t wait.

You can get sponsored for your efforts and help support over 32 official charities including Cure Cancer and Autism Spectrum Australia or select your own personal cause. Sign up for the ‘Run for a cause, Run for free initiative’ and if you reach the set fundraising target for your event, you could run for free! Visit bsrf2012.gofundraise.com.au

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The Jock Athletic Average Joes enjoying the post race festivities.

Best Bits • The start line atmosphere • Running over the Harbour Bridge with no cars • The Harbour • Running through the Domain and past Lady Macquarie’s Chair • Finishing off at the base of the Opera House with one last burst • The finish line atmosphere • “Swanning around” at the end in the post race markets & expo If you want to have a great day, taking in a magnificently organised event that celebrates the best city in the world then come and join us at this great Aussie event! 28

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ALL FOUR EVENTS IN THE BLACKMORES SYDNEY RUNNING FESTIVAL ARE FILLING UP FAST SO BE SURE TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IN THE MOST SPECTACULAR RUNNING EVENT IN AUSTRALIA AND

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Brad Hogg of the Perth Scorchers celebrates a wicket, in his signature “tongue out� style, during the T20 Big Bash League match between the Sydney Sixers and the Perth Scorchers at Sydney Cricket Ground in January. Getty Images

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Brad Hogg

PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE PROFILE


MEET George Bradley Hogg: Farmer, university graduate, loving father, team pest and outstanding cricketer who has made the absolute most out of his talent through hard work! Hoggy asked that I introduce him, as I know him so well and worked with him through his career. I can’t believe he trusted me! Well, “Hoggy” has unlimited energy, is one of the hardest workers I know, a gem to train and a loyal and great mate. A couple of stories sum up Hoggy to me:

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Hoggy the athlete. In 2003 when we arrived in South Africa for the 2003 World Cup and we had a security crew following us around everywhere which was actually a SA army special forces unit. There was one for every team. Hoggy decided to run back to the hotel from training one day, roughly 5km, nothing new for him, and if he’s running I’m going with him. This caused a stir with the security team, and they sent a soldier to run with us and also shadowed us with a car as protection. I told the soldier Hoggy’s pretty quick and he’s be doing well to keep up, but he said he’d be fine, as they are very fit and pride themselves on being able to do anything. After the first km he was far behind us, and after two km’s nowhere to be seen. The truth is he had to be picked up twice by the car, dropped off in front of us, only to fall behind again. There was certainly no shame in this, as Hoggy could have been an elite distance runner if he wanted, he was and still is a top athlete.

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Hoggy the team pest. He gave the team much amusement and I enjoyed it more than most. He would often try to annoy big Andrew Symonds (Roy), which usually ended up with Simmo pummelling him. One particular time this happened, and Hoggy came over to me and said, Simmo has to be careful, he could really hurt me, he doesn’t know his own strength. I told him why don’t you stay away from him for a bit, he thought that might be a good idea. Approx 12 seconds later, Hoggy casually walked behind Simmo, clipped him over the ear with a smile on his face and started running. The result, as per usual was a Simmo pummelling, very funny, and that’s Hoggy. At one stage he was so annoying to the whole team they came up with a game called “the Hogpile”, which involved the whole team and Hoggy, I think you can guess that one.

Now at the age of 40 Hoggy is about to play for Australia again at the T20 World Cup this September in the most explosive form of cricket, the young man’s game. Great to see him back where he belongs, smiling, poking his tongue out, having a great time helping Australia win matches. Hoggy has got what he deserved and proven you’re still allowed to have fun in professional sport. He’s been great to work and tour withthat’s my mate Hoggy! 32 32

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JA: YOU’VE BEEN PICKED FOR THE AUSTRALIAN T20 WORLD CUP TEAM AFTER RETIREMENT AND SEVERAL YEARS OUT OF THE AUSSIE TEAM AND AFTER THE AGE OF 40. FIRST, CONGRATULATIONS AND SECOND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU AND WHY DID YOU COME BACK? Thanks for the compliment Jock. Playing for my country is a privilege that I will never take for granted. There are many Australians who would love to be in my shoes so I try to uphold the values Australians expect of their sportsmen and women. My fiancée encouraged me to play again. When we met she couldn’t understand why a cricketer wasn’t playing cricket? I missed the thrill of the contest so it was great to get a nudge of encouragement and her support has been awesome. There is nothing better than having your skill tested to the farthest point.

JA: WHY DID YOU RETIRE INITIALLY WHEN IT APPEARED YOU WERE HEAVILY ENTRENCHED IN THE AUSSIE TEST AND ODI SIDE AND PLAYING WELL??

JA: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAINING SESSION AND WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE? Definitely the net sessions with my team mates honing my skills. Net sessions are competitive with the boys acting like lions to prove their dominance to the pack.

JA: HOW MANY TRAINING SESSIONS DO YOU DO PER WEEK & THE BREAKDOWN? I do six fitness sessions a week and the breakdown is as follows: • Weights 40-50min or Boxing twice a week • Road Bike 1hr 15min twice a week as hard as I can, don’t like been overtaken on the road. • Interval running for 40 minutes twice a week on grass due to the fact that the roads are no good for my knees. I would have four net sessions a week on the weeks I am not playing generally bowling for 40 minutes, bat for 15 minutes and fielding for 15 minutes.

Personal reasons, but I must say I am the happiest I have ever been at present.

In competition my net sessions will adapt to a need basis depending on my form and physical/mental tiredness.

JA: WHAT’S THE TOUGHEST EVENT OR SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT YOU’VE EVER DONE?

JA: HOW DO YOU FIT ALL THAT IN, DO YOU WORK AS WELL ?

Definitely becoming a permanent fixture in the Australian One Day Side in 2003.

Simple, no matter what job I have ever done, a fitness session will always be put first. Health is the most important thing for living, why put it last on your list of things to do?!

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“PLAYING FOR MY COUNTRY IS A PRIVILEGE THAT I WILL NEVER TAKE FOR GRANTED. THERE ARE MANY AUSTRALIANS WHO WOULD LOVE TO BE IN MY SHOES SO I TRY TO UPHOLD THE VALUES AUSTRALIANS EXPECT OF THEIR SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN”

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JA: WHAT ARE YOUR SECRETS TO STICKING TO A TRAINING PROGRAM? The buckle on my belt is the secret. Each time I feel it tightening, I make some adjustments to my training program.

JA: WHAT’S YOUR BEST EXCUSE FOR NOT STICKING TO A TRAINING PROGRAM? Never had one because I know how vital it is to my success.

JA: WHAT’S YOUR MOST DREADED TRAINING SESSION (DETAILS) AND WHY? Swimming, I hate the thought of drowning and sharks. I am a land animal with nostrils not an amphibian with gills.

JA: WHAT’S YOUR NEXT BIG CHALLENGE, AFTER THE WORLD CUP? The T20 Champions League in South Africa for Perth Scorchers happens straight after the World Cup, so that’s the immediate challenge. Outside of cricket, I want to accomplish a commentary/media career and that will have challenges certainly. But your question resonates with me particularly here as I have more recently joined the professional speaker circuit with a 45 minute keynote and I love the challenge of those performances! It’s pressure-cooker time when you are up there but once that first laugh is received, I relax and have a great time entertaining and sharing insights that might help others. Certainty is boring and cowardly. SEPTEMBER 2012

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JA: T20 SEEMS TO BE A GAME THAT GREATLY SUITS YOU. YOU’RE STILL A LIVE WIRE IN THE FIELD AND BOWLING ONLY 4 OVERS PER MATCH DOESN’T SEEM TO GIVE THE BATSMEN TIME TO WORK OUT ALL YOUR BOWLING VARIATIONS. WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH TO THE GAME? To have as much fun as possible is my first objective. It is a mental game and you have to think quickly when put under pressure situations, therefore I focus on the mental aspect of the game rather than the physical. A calm mind will allow you to perform better, the game can change in one ball.

HOWZAT: BRAD HOGG ON HIS RETURN TO THE AUSSIE T20 SIDE LAST SUMMER, SIZZLING HIS FAMOUS “WRONGUN” PAST THE EDGE OF INDIA’S STAR BATSMEN FOR THE TOUR VIRAT KHOLI. INDIANS ARE THE BEST PLAYERS OF SPIN IN THE WORLD BUT THEY HAD NO ANSWER TO NEW BOY “HOGGY”.

JA: WHO HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION IN THE SPORTING WORLD? Geoff Marsh , ex Australian Vice Captain of the Australian Cricket Team. He showed me that a strong work ethic will always be rewarded in success.

JA: NOW THE BIG ONE, YOUR FAVORITE MOTIVATIONAL SAYING?

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Handicapped or

Handicapable? PRESENTING PARALYMPIANS IN A NEW LIGHT

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THE 2012 SUMMER PARALYMPIC GAMES COMMENCED THIS WEEK ARE EXPECTED TO BE THE BIGGEST PARALYMPICS YET. AN ESTIMATED TOTAL OF 4,200 ATHLETES WILL COMPETE IN THE GAMES, REPRESENTING 166 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE. COMPETITORS IN THE GAMES EXPERIENCE A WIDE VARIETY OF DISABILITIES, INCLUDING MOBILITY DISEASES, AMPUTATIONS, BLINDNESS, CEREBRAL PALSY, AND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. According to Sebastian Coe, the Chairman of the London Organising Committee,

ONE OF THE KEY PURPOSES OF THE 2012 PARALYMPIC GAMES IS TO “CHANGE PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS DISABILITY” . Indeed, people with a disability have suffered a long history of marginalization and discrimination that is far from over. According to a recent survey, there was a rise in the number of disabled people claiming they had experienced discrimination, including hostility, aggression or name calling, from 41% in April 2011 to 66% in September 2011. Research conducted by Susan Fiske and colleagues from Princeton University helps shed important light on the prejudice faced by individuals with a disability. According to Fiske’s Stereotype Content Model, we hold

ambivalent stereotypes towards disabled individuals. On the one hand, we perceive them as warm and friendly, but on the other hand we view them as incompetent. As such, these groups tend to elicit pity and sympathy from perceivers, which fosters paternalistic prejudice towards them. Fiske would argue that this ultimately brings about passive harm towards such groups – in other words, people are more likely to subtly and unknowingly neglect and avoid disabled people in their daily lives. This is consistent with research conducted in the late 1970s, which showed that individuals were quick to avoid interacting with a disabled person when given a legitimate excuse for their behavior. The Paralympics seek to address this historical neglect of disabled individuals, attempting to celebrate the excellence of Paralympic sport, and bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games together as an integrated and inclusive whole.

However, is this goal realistic? A 2011 survey conducted by Scope in the UK suggests that disabled people remain skeptical about what the Paralympic Games will do for them. Over one-fifth of respondents (22%) stated that the Paralympics made them look second-class, and 20% believed the Paralympics and related press coverage to be patronizing. Furthermore, research conducted by Channel 4 found that 84% of surveyed British citizens could not name a Paralympic athlete, suggesting that ignorance and neglect of the disabled experience is still rife. SEPTEMBER 2012

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In the lead up to the 2012 Games, there have been many attempts to use the Games to change the way in which disabled individuals are viewed. Channel 4, which owns the broadcasting rights to the Games, premiered their advertising campaign in July 2012 to change the public’s view of the Paralympics. The advert – entitled ‘Meet the Superheroes’ encourages people to see the Games as an event in its own right, and focuses on the competitive and ‘superhuman’ aspects of the Paralympics. It challenges the ‘incompetent’ stereotype by portraying the athletes as strong, determined, and able, and telling viewers to ‘forget everything you thought you knew about strength’ and see ‘a world with no barriers’. The advert was met with critical acclaim, described by the media as “an act of branding genius” . Companies are also beginning to use Paralympic athletes as brand ambassadors, drawing upon their life stories of triumph over adversity to help boost sales. For example, BT, a British telecommunications company, enlisted disabled South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius to be their face of the company in their ads.

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Pistorius, dubbed the ‘fastest man on no legs’, qualified to compete in both the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. He is a positive role model, believing that ‘you’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.’ Pistorius symbolises strength, persistence and victory, which again, contradict with the traditional and widely held view of disabled individuals. Will these initiatives and the 2012 Games as a whole have a lasting impact on the position of disabled people within society? Will there be a shift in thinking about such individuals from being handicapped to handicapable? Research conducted after the 2008 Beijing Paralympics found that 72% of people with a disability in China said that they felt the Games helped them to get a job, and 82% of non-disabled people felt that people with a disability were more employable after seeing the Games. One can only hope that a similar outcome will come about from the 2012 Paralympics.

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FIGHT HAY FE THE NATURAL WAY

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG AND WHILST THE WARMER WEATHER IS A JOY, FOR MANY, SPRING IS SYNONYMOUS WITH SNEEZING, RUNNY NOSES AND ITCHY, WATERY EYES. IT IS THE SEASON OF HAY FEVER! IF YOU CRINGE AT THE THOUGHT OF POLLEN FILLED TREES AND BLOSSOMING FLOWERS, THEN IT MIGHT BE TIME TO TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT YOUR DIET. ALTHOUGH CONVENTIONAL HAY FEVER TREATMENTS INCLUDE STEROIDS AND ANTIHISTAMINES, THE FOODS YOU EAT (OR DON’T EAT) WILL SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT YOUR HAY FEVER SYMPTOMS! ENSURING THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS WILL HELP PROMOTE HEALTH AND STRENGTH OF YOUR IMMUNE AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS. AVOIDING CERTAIN FOODS CAN EASE SYMPTOMS OF SPRING ALLERGIES AND HELP YOU COPE AND BEAT HAY FEVER THIS SPRING.

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WHAT IS HAY FEVER? Hay fever - or rhinitis as known to the medical world - is a common condition caused by allergies or intolerances to substances breathed in the air. Allergy to pollen is particularly common. In fact, around 15% of Australians will suffer from hay fever to pollen.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? Hay fever tends to be seasonal, with symptoms worsening in Spring due to the increase of pollens in the air. Hay fever symptoms include: • • • • •

Inflamed, runny or blocked nose Sneezing Itchy or watery eyes Irritated throat and cough Headaches

In addition to pollen, dust mites, pets or moulds can aggravate hay fever sufferers.


HOW TO MANAGE HAY FEVER • Avoid Pollen: Your first course of action to managing hay fever this Spring is to reduce your contact with pollen. Keep windows closed in your house and car and stay indoors on windy days. Avoid mowing the lawns and hanging washing outside (especially towels and pillow cases) and don’t bring flowers inside.

• Take a Diet Check: A healthy diet and the avoidance of certain foods can help ease and relieve symptoms experienced by hay fever sufferers. Use the following Hay Fever Diet Check List to help manage your hay fever symptoms.

• Avoid animal dander, moulds, spores and dust: Keep these triggers to a minimum within the house. Ensure your bedroom is petfree and regularly dusted for a good night sleep. A spring clean of the entire house will help reduce moulds and spores (use your hay fever as an excuse to get someone else to do it for you!).

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HAY FEVER DIET CHECK LIST DIET CHECK 1 – Avoid Highly Processed and Refined Foods Foods with high levels of preservatives and artificial dyes and can increase your pollen sensitivity and hay fever symptoms. Fresh is always best. Choose colourful fresh foods instead of artificially colourful foods. Check the ingredient list on the back of food packets to see what additives will be in the food. DIET CHECK 2 – Keep Your Immune System Strong A nutritious diet will promote health and strength of your upper respiratory tract and immune system, which will reduce the frequency and intensity of symptoms. Making the most of nutrients including vitamin C and zinc, plus antioxidants, biofalvanoids, lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium lactis (good bacteria) will boost your immunity to allergens and help your body fight sinus and respiratory infections, which are linked to hay fever. Check out the best foods for a healthy immune system in Issue 20 of Jock Ezine. DIET CHECK 3 – Avoid Suspect Foods Allergens Certain foods such as eggs and milk may be related to hay fever symptoms. If you had allergies to particular foods as a child, 48

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consider these suspect and avoid them during Spring. While people usually “grow out” of food allergies, foods which previously caused allergies as a child can exacerbate symptoms from airborne allergies in adults. If milk is a trigger, you will also need to avoid other dairy including yoghurt, ice-cream and commercial products that contain cream or milk-powder. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you could try avoiding dairy products for three weeks. The new A2 milk has been reported to help reduce symptoms in those with allergies such as hay fever. DIET CHECK 4 – Avoid Food Additives & Chemicals If your hay fever is due to a food intolerance, food additives (e.g. benzoate preservatives) and natural chemicals (e.g. salicylates) could be to blame. If this is the case, it is best to see a Dietitian to help pinpoint which additive or chemical is affecting you.

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Lightweight Running Shoes and the Barefoot Movement JOCK CAMPBELL

FADS!

IN MY 25 YEARS OF BEING IN THE COACHING AND EXERCISE INDUSTRY, I’VE SEEN A FEW. IF YOU’RE UNSURE WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT

JANE FONDA WORKOUT VIDEOS, THIGH MASTER, FIT AND SWISS BALLS, CARDIO FUNK AEROBICS, THE VIBRATING BELT MAYBE THE

AND OF COURSE MY ALL -TIME FAVOURITE,

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Most fads come and go, whilst others stay as part of the training fabric, but at a much lesser level than their first wave of hysteria. One thing I can guarantee is that none of them have been the singular answer, not the magic bullet that most have been claimed to be. With every fad, comes a wave of marketing and propaganda, usually with outlandish claims that this is the only way, often without any or very little scientific backing, or one study that they manipulate to be gospel. I remember 15 years ago you virtually weren’t allowed to prescribe an exercise that didn’t include a “fit” ball or you weren’t perceived to be a good trainer or physio. The biggest surprise to me is that behind these new products or methods is guaranteed to be a fanatical army of disciples disguised as normal people who get completely hysterical if anyone questions the new fad.


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The barefoot running movement is no exception, with claims being bandied around that the minimalist shoes mimic running barefoot and some coaches making claims that running barefoot eliminates all injuries. Many of these claims rest on the fact that despite running technology in shoes increasing so too have running injuries. Can I just add, so too have the amount of people running. As an example the Olympic marathon for women only joined the Olympic movement in 1984; The City to Surf debuted in 1971 with 2000 entrants, and now boasts more than 86,000 entrants and the first women to ever run an organised marathon in Boston in 1967, which the same race this year boasted 11,152 female entrants. I’m sure the number of injuries has risen by as much as those marathon statistics. As a running coach and sports scientist of 25 years I have also seen the growth of participants in general exercise and running. And with my sport of surf lifesaving and the running events being on soft sand where no shoes are permitted, you would think I would be in this army!

I CERTAINLY SEE GREAT VALUE IN MINIMALIST SHOES but I wouldn’t have my runners doing every session barefoot or with minimalist shoes . One thing I do know is they are not the silver bullets; there is no single one thing that stops all injuries or miraculously makes everyone run like Tarzan, that is for sure! I have seen a number of injuries including shin splints, stress fractures of the shins and pelvis, blown arches, knee and Achilles problems due to 52

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runners changing over to the minimalist shoes or even barefoot running. Even the great Alberto Salazar, one time marathon World Record holder, and now Nike Head Coach and the coach of World and Olympic champion Mo Farah suggests that his athletes only train twice a week in these minimalist shoes. These styles of shoes have been around for many years and used to be called racing flats, and mostly worn by athletes to race in, because they were so light, but certainly not for heavy training mileage.

I think it’s best to take advice from the experts: leave it up to the podiatrists to give advice on the right shoe for the individuals to wear or if orthotics are required, the running coaches to comment and work on running technique, the physio and doctors to work on injuries and the sports scientist and coaches to determine workloads. At present many physios seem to want every runner to reduce their stride length without seeing them run. I wonder if they saw Mo Farah run in the Olympics with his loping style if they’d try and change the best in the World?

USEFUL FADS

LIGHTWEIGHT RUNNING SHOES TOWER 200 COMPRESSION GARMENTS


So what’s my advice? POSITIVES: • THE LIGHTWEIGHT OR MINIMALIST SHOES ARE GREAT FOR AN OLD MAN LIKE ME WHO WANT S EVERY ADVANTAGE WHEN RACING, LIGHTER SHOES EQUALS

PRE-CAUTIONS: • THEY WONT FIX EVERY INJURY OR PROTECT FROM EVERY INJURY • GRADUALLY BRING THEM INTO YOUR RUNNING PROGRAM, THEY TAKE SOME GETTING USED TO AND IN MANY CASES TAKE YOUR

LESS WEIGHT TO CARRY AROUND AND

FOOT AND IN PARTICULAR ACHILLES

MINUTELY QUICKER TIMES

THROUGH A GREATER RANGE

• SOME OF THEM HAVE QUITE GOOD SUPPORT AS WELL • THE COLOURS AREN’T AS GOOFY AS THE 80’S WHEN EVERY PAIR OF RACING FLAT WAS FLUORO AND EMBARRASSING TO WEAR. • EXCELLENT FOR RUNNING ON THE GRASS, SAND OR TRACK

WHICH CAN INITIALLY AGGRAVATE • BEST USED FOR YOUR SHORTER RUNS OR INTERVALS SESSIONS • IN MOST CASES AVOID USING THEM ON THE HARD SURFACES, EXCEPT MAYBE RACES • THEY DON’T SUDDENLY MAKE YOU RUN UP ON YOUR TOES WITH PERFECT TECHNIQUE. IT

JOCK CAMPBELL is a Level 3 athletics coach, Sports Scientist and Strength & Conditioning Coach with 25 years of experience in the field. He has trained and coached well over 1000 runners from the 20m beach flags up to the marathon and beyond including State, National and World Champions. He also competes at age 44 in several races a year including the national Surf Lifesaving Titles.

FOOLISH FADS

POWERBANDS 1980’S FLURO GYM GEAR VIBRATING BELT

TAKES WEEKS TO SIGNIFICANTLY CHANGE YOUR RUNNING TECHNIQUE OR EVEN MONTHS FOR PROFESSIONALS. AS ROBERT DE CASTELLA SAID DURING THE OLYMPICS, MOST ELITE RUNNERS HIT PRETTY FLAT FOOTED AND THEN ROLL OFF THEIR TOES WHICH IS WHAT MO DOES, SO THAT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME! • IF YOU’RE OVER 100 KILOS AND JUST STARTING A FITNESS PROGRAM THEY MIGHT NOT BE FOR YOU.

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The Jock Athletic “Average Joes”, decked out in their compression tights in prep for the Mother’s Day Classic

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HTWEIGHT RUNNING SHOES THIS MONTH WE WEAR TEST LIGHTWEIGHT RUNNING SHOES FROM BRANDS WE THINK HIGHLY OF. FROM FORMER OLYMPIANS TO BUDDING OLYMPIANS AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN, WE GAVE THE SHOES A SOLID BELTING IN RACES, ON THE ROADS, THROUGH THE TRAILS AND ON THE BEACHES AND WE HAD A BALL DOING IT.

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PRODUCT REVIEW

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ADIDAS

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ADIDAS ADIZERO FEATHER 2 17YO MIDDLE DISTANCE TRACK ATHLETE, STAR OF THE FUTURE.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

RESULTS

Comfort

Very comfortable , light weight, supportive and gives you that extra speed in your stride.

Fit

Good and easy fitting though might be difficult for people with wider feet.

Functionality/ Ease of Use

Responds well with your feet , soft and “cushiony” to help you spring straight into your stride and get a rhythm much quicker.

Effectiveness

Hits the mark in terms of weight, comfort and performance. I know a shoe is right for me when I don’t give them a second thought on the track. Once they’re on, they do the job they’re supposed to - make me run fast without the burden of a heavy shoe.

Price Evaluation

Very price competitive for such an innovative “ secret weapon.” I would definitely buy them.

Fashion/Coolness Rating

I love the bright colors and it has the lot: the look, speed and the “light as a feather” feel.

Overall

The Adizero Feather 2 are the ideal for me - I’d use especially for runs from 100m to 5km. It’s got the lightness to help promote speed for your short stuff and has the support and comfort for the long runs. Great shoes.

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BROOKS

BRAND: PRODUCT: USER:

BROOKS PURE CADENCE 40-SOMETHING RUNNER AND RACER OF ALL KINDS!

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

RESULTS

Comfort

Nice, really smooth ride felt great on trail, road, grass sand and track

Fit

Like a glove, a bit tight as I have a wide foot, but that’s the way I like it, I hate movement of my foot inside a shoe

Functionality/ Ease of Use

Performed well on all surfaces for me over short intervals up to long runs. I’m very happy with the shoe.

Effectiveness

The Cadence is on the greater stability end of the scale for light weight shoes. As a pronator this works well for me, and I am happy to do all my running in this shoe, and I find it light enough to race in. I’ve never used Brooks before, but I am quickly getting converted.

Price Evaluation

They’re up there in price, but I would happily pay the extra.

Fashion/Coolness Rating

What’s up! Looks great despite bright colours, makes me look younger

Overall

Booya, I’ve found my new running shoe!

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HOKA ONE ONE HOKA ONE ONE STINSON EVO TARMAC REGULAR DISTANCE RUNNER, FATHER OF 2, UP TO 40KMS PW AND THE ODD FUN RUN

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

RESULTS

Comfort

Very comfortable, particularly for a new pair of shoes. Deceivingly lightweight - felt like I wasn’t wearing them (if that makes sense)

Fit

Great fitting shoe with a solid, stable feel on the foot

Functionality/ Ease of Use

Felt really good on, that took me a little by surprise. Like the elastic laces. Lightest shoe I’ve worn, which surprised me considering the size of the shoe.

Effectiveness

Gave them a good going over on firm sand, grass, concrete and road, and the shoe adapted to all surfaces well. I’d describe the shoes as feeling like my foot was on top of a squash ball like sole, which gave ground depending on the firmness of the surface. Felt good downhill and really stable at all times, which is great for someone like me who is flat-footed.

Price Evaluation

At circa $200, I’d buy them, as they are comparable to what I would normally pay.

Fashion/ Coolness Not a big rap for the colours, but that wouldn’t affect my decision to use Rating the shoe Overall

I would wear these, particularly on the road. Very stable feeling and no joint pain following running on the harder surfaces. The sole may take some getting used to, but they felt really good, particularly for those who are a bit heavier than most runners.

RATING OUT OF 10 STINSON EVO TARMAC RRP $229

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MERRELL

BRAND: PRODUCT: USER:

MERRELL ROAD GLOVE SURF LIFE SAVING ATHLETE, SOFT SAND SPECIALIST

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

RESULTS

Comfort

Quite comfortable, snug fit which I like, good width for the toes. Virtually no support, which is awkward at first.

Fit

I already had a pair of Merrell fashion shoes, so a good fit.

Functionality/ Ease of Use

A big change from even the lightweight shoes I’m used to, these are totally minimalist and take a gradual introduction.

Effectiveness

You can definitely feel the ground, there is no heel rise and it even feels in standing that your heel is lower than forefoot. They were great to run in on the grass, soft and hard sand and OK on the trail, but I personally wouldn’t run on the road in them. Need to gradually bring them into your running as the Achilles and feet go through a larger range of motion which can cause problems if overused immediately.

Price Evaluation

Very reasonably priced

Fashion/Coolness Rating

Very stylish, great colours, great look

Overall

No shoes are equivalent to running barefoot. These are defiantly minimalist, if you have mechanical issues, like myself who is a heavy pronator best only run in these sparingly and on the softer surfaces. I would definitely buy these and will keep running on the grass and sand in them, and look very cool doing it!

RATING OUT OF 10 ROAD GLOVE RRP $169.99

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BRAND: PRODUCT: USER:

SAUCONY KINVARA 3 FORMER BEACH SPRINT CHAMP, NOW SPRINT COACH DABBLING IN MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNING

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

RESULTS

Comfort

So comfortable it felt like I was barefoot with a rubber sole.

Fit

The shoe did fit snuggly I could have gone a half size up from my normal shoe size.

Functionality/ Ease of Use

Excellent shoe to run in. Slip them on & get running.

Effectiveness

I have never had a pair of real light weight runners before as I have always gone for a shoe with plenty of cushion to the outer sole. The Kinvara 3 took one long run for me to get used to but after that I didn’t want to take them off. Excellent even cushioning inside of the shoe especially around the heel with the ‘pods’ on either side of the heel. For a shoe that weighs next to nothing the cushioning/comfort was perfect. The grip/traction was good which is what I really look for in a running shoe. They are the perfect middle/long distance running shoe for the track or road.

Price Evaluation

At $159.95 If you can afford them buy them!! This is great value compared to other brands.

Fashion/Coolness Rating

Like all lightweight shoes they are quite “lairy” but it wouldn’t stop me buying them.

Overall

Fantastic all round middle/long distance running shoe, I will definitely be buying another pair once I have worn this pair out.

RATING OUT OF 10 KINVARA 3 RRP $159.99

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ADIDAS

BRAND: PRODUCT: USER:

ADIDAS ADIZERO FEATHER 2 REGULAR RUNNER & WEEKEND WARRIOR

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

RESULTS

Comfort

The Adizero Feather 2 were comfortable and light, but they were higher on the ankle than my current running shoe, so it took a few runs to get used to.

Fit

The fit was great – very comfortable.

Functionality/ Ease of Use

Very easy!

Effectiveness

They were definitely light – on par with other lightweight running shoes. They also kept my feet really cool for both outdoor and treadmill runs. I’ve had some Achilles issues in the past and I really find that these types of running shoes with a more “natural” and lightweight style are much better for my Achilles.

Price Evaluation

$120 seems very reasonable for shoes like this! Great value.

Fashion/Coolness Rating

Love the black and pink style - they looked great with black tights!

Overall

I’ll definitely keep wearing these - they are excellent for my interval sessions and tready runs. They are comfortable and give your feet the support they need without compromising their weight and they look great.

RATING OUT OF 10 ADIZERO FEATHER 2 RRP $119.99

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BROOKS

BRAND: PRODUCT: USER:

BROOKS PURE FLOW FORMER SPRINTER, NOW MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNER AIMING FOR HER FIRST HALF MARATHON

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

RESULTS

Comfort

The Pure Flow are very comfortable - easy to leave on your feet all day after training.

Fit

Great fitting shoe - my advice here would be to make sure your fitted to the shoe by a running shoe specialist. These were a slightly different size fit to my regular running shoe size.

Functionality/ Ease of Use

Great shoes to run in - non-restrictive whilst running and but still supportive for a fairly neutral shoe

Effectiveness

It’s a complete different shoe to anything I’ve had before. It felt much better doing short tempo runs in them, rather than longer runs. For my longer runs I would be better suited to the Pure Cadence as I tend to pronate quite significantly. The Pure Flow is designed with no angle from the heel to the toe so it really gets you training to run on your toes.

Price Evaluation

You get what you pay for in terms of runners and these are on par with the best. Price usually doesn’t phase me, I know I will get the use out of them as I wear them at least twice a day – if not all day.

Fashion/Coolness Rating

Purple’s my all time favourite colour, so there is no doubt of a high ‘coolness’ rating from me – spot on!

Overall

Once you get used to the neutrality of the shoe, it’s a really comfortable shoe. It’s light, great for short interval/tempo training and looks good! If the neutral shoe is not your thing, the Brooks Pure Project range will definitely have the right shoe for you.

RATING OUT OF 10 PURE FLOW RRP $199.99

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HOKA ONE ONE HOKA ONE ONE STINSON EVO TARMAC TRIATHLETE AND SPORTS JOURNALIST

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

RESULTS

Comfort

They were comfortable and supportive but felt a little strange feeling so tall with the elevated heel.

Fit

Perfect fit

Functionality/ Ease of Use

It took a few runs to feel comfortable in them. I have come from a minimalist shoe so it was strange to have such a great level of support.

Effectiveness

The idea behind the Hoka is that they are light and supportive with very little angle difference between the toe and heel and promotes a mid foot strike when you are running. It definitely does this, they are deceptively light, but it took a bit of getting used to having so much shoe underneath me coming from a shoe that is super thin. They are great for longer runs to take the pressure off your joints and especially on rugged surfaces where it is often hard to run with good technique.

Price Evaluation

They are middle of the price range retailing at $229 which is comparable to other brands

Fashion/Coolness Rating

They have incredibly cool colours, and great laces function. As for the elevated base of the shoe, they do not necessarily scream “cool”… But the support they provide is great

Overall

I am quite light, so to run with a chunky shoe feels strange. Perfect for longer runs where the support is most certainly needed

RATING OUT OF 10 STINSON EVO TARMAC RRP $229

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NIKE

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NIKE LUNAR GLIDE+4 MIDDLE DISTANCE SPECIALIST NOW IN TRAINING FOR HER FIRST MARATHON

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

RESULTS

Comfort

These shoes are totally comfortable all round.

Fit

Great fitting shoe. The heel is well supported, there is great cushioning under foot and the soft upper lining, or what NIKE calls their Ultra-Light Flywire thread, makes my feet feel “cozy”. With all running shoes, I’d recommend getting your shoe properly fitted to maximise the benefits of the shoe.

Functionality/ Ease of Use

The lightness of the shoe made them easy and flexible to get around in, whilst still offering support in my arches and heels. The lightness of these shoes made it easy for my tempo runs and gave me the support I needed in my longer runs. Also easy to slip on and off.

Effectiveness

Seriously, when I walked out the front door my feet felt like they were being propelled forward, like they had no choice but to run. This made them feel effortless to run in and deceptively lightweight. The heel support was great for me as I tend to pronate and on my longer runs my feet didn’t over heat.

Price Evaluation

At $200, this price is reasonable for good running shoes. I’d pay that.

Fashion/Coolness Rating

Stark White isn’t really my thing, but I dig the fluro laces. I’m a hot Pink kinda girl!

Overall

Nike has again delivered a great running shoe that ticks all the boxes: it’s light, supportive and is designed to fit the foot really well. Deceptively lightweight as the “lunarlon” cushioning underfoot looks heavy and the feel underfoot takes a little getting used to.

RATING OUT OF 10 LUNAR GLIDE+4 RRP $200

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MERRELL

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MERRELL DASH GLOVE RECREATIONAL TRAIL RUNNER, WITH THE ODD FUN RUN THROWN IN.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

RESULTS

Comfort

For a shoe that really does take the meaning of “barefoot” literally, these are surprisingly comfortable.

Fit

The synthetic leather upper and the narrow microfibre footpad complement eachother well for a comfortable fit, even for wide feet like mine.

Functionality/ Ease Took a little getting used to coming from trail shoes that are more chunky of Use and softer underfoot. In saying that, they are lightweight and effortless to run in and enjoyable to keep on for the remainder of the day. Effectiveness

The idea behind the Merrell Dash Glove is to connect you to the earth and your unique natural stride, allowing your feet to land flat and aligning your body and strengthening muscles. For me the comfort of the lining and the sturdiness of the Vibram Barefoot sole technology made running offroad quite comfortable and surprisingly provides moderate arch support as well. I noticed the muscles in my feet did “respond” a little at first as they adjusted to the shoe, but have since adapted well.

Price Evaluation

I think these shoes are good value and price competitive compared to other brands. I’m a Merrell casual shoe wearer from way-back, so I know they’re a great wearing and long lasting brand.

Fashion/Coolness Rating

The purple and black is HOT and even a lil’ bit “racy”. Make me look very cool! Also great to wear casually with jeans.

Overall

These shoes do what they set out to do - provide a barefoot experience that is comfortable and effective in allowing your feet to feel the earth and find their own stride.

RATING OUT OF 10 DASH GLOVE RRP $169.99

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SAUCONY

BRAND: PRODUCT: USER:

SAUCONY KINVARA 3 FORMER SPRINTER TURNED MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNER & PHYSIOTHERAPIST

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

RESULTS

Comfort

Very comfortable for short runs

Fit

Normal shoe sizing and great fit

Functionality/ Ease of Use

Good fit straight away, no blisters when I first wore them which can sometimes happen to me. Can even be worn without socks because they have plenty of padding around the back.

Effectiveness

Very light weight, great for short distance runs/ track or speed sets, also good for competition. Soft sole/ soft material on top of shoe, adds that extra level of comfort

Price Evaluation

Comparable, if not a little more price competitive compared to other women’s racing/training shoes. Great value.

Fashion/Coolness Rating

LOVE the fluro yellow and white shoes – they glow in the dark! Providing fluro yellow and pink laces in the box is also good to mix and match lace colours!

Overall

Great racing shoe that fits well, is lightweight and comfortable. I’d buy these shoes to wear for my shorter runs and speed sets when I wanted something lighter

RATING OUT OF 10 KINVARA 3 RRP $169.95

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Steph... In the Moment with

DR. MICHAEL MARTIN

A FEW YEARS BACK FOUR TIMES WOMEN’S WORLD SURFING CHAMPION STEPHANIE GILMORE WAS ATTACKED AND BASHED OUTSIDE HER HOME BY AN IRON BAR-WIELDING MANIAC. SHE SUSTAINED A BUNCH OF INJURIES INCLUDING A BROKEN ARM, WHICH IS NOT GREAT FOR ANYONE, LET ALONE A PROFESSIONAL SURFER! GILMORE SAID THAT GETTING HER MIND RIGHT HAD BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE ON HER COMEBACK TO COMPETITION SURFING FROM THOSE INJURIES. 72

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FOR MANY ATHLETES, AND PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE FACING MAJOR ADVERSITY, THE CHALLENGE OF GETTING PRESENT-FOCUSED DURING COMPETITION, LIKE GILMORE, IS CRITICAL TO HIGH-PERFORMANCE. “I REALLY HAD TO WORK ON BEING PRESENT - MY MIND GAME WAS WHAT I NEEDED TO GET RIGHT.” GILMORE SAID.

It’s about getting your head and body in the same place. That is, getting your thoughts to be about the aspect of your performance that you are currently executing. For example, if you are a surfer executing a big backhand re-entry then your thoughts need to be on rotating your upper body as you make your turn – and nothing else.

the past because the outcome of competition is important to every serious competitor. Naturally, athletes will want to criticise their poor past performance, with the best intentions of not doing it again. And it is also natural for a competitor to wonder about the future implications of their current performance, because they want the best result they can get.

But often times during competition, thoughts tend to drift to the future, to the outcome of the competition or the event... “ Will I make it out of this heat?” “ Will I win this contest?” “ How will I finish up at the end of the year?”

But in both those situations, your head and body are not in the same place. Your thoughts are not “on the job” of performing. True, your thinking about your sport, but your not thinking about your performance.

And the other place that thoughts typically go during competition is back to the past, to mistakes that have been made in competition… “How could I have missed that wave?” “ How could I’ve screwed that up?” “I can’t believe I’m made that mistake again”

ONCE I WAS TALKING ABOUT COMPETITIONTHINKING WITH A WISE COACH AND HE TOLD ME... “IF YOU’VE GOT ONE FOOT IN THE FUTURE AND ONE FOOT IN THE PAST, YOU ARE POOPING ON THE PRESENT.”

It’s easy for thoughts to drift into the future or

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When your thoughts are in the future or the past you cannot be focused on the present. Without a focus on the present, then technical and tactical mistakes are made more frequently.

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As Stephanie Gilmore rightly identified, present-focused attention is really the Holy Grail of competition thinking. It’s what every competitor should strive for.


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SO HOW DO YOU GET THIS PRESENT-FOCUSED ATTENTION? You get it through mindfulness training. Mindfulness is about paying attention to your thoughts and learning to notice the types of things you are thinking. While a full explanation of mindfulness training is beyond the scope of this article you can find tons of mindfulness training material online. Once you start to develop your mindfulness, you start to develop a “here and now” focus of attention on your performance, consequently improving your performance quality and results. Your present-focused attention, developed through mindfulness training, also allows you to start to catch negative thoughts and feelings as they emerge and substitute more effective goal oriented thoughts. Ultimately this present-focused attention leads to better results, a reduction in competition stress and a greater satisfaction in performance. Stephanie Gilmore’s present-focused approach to surfing has won her five world championship titles. Hopefully that is enough motivation for you to start on your own mindfulness journey.

DR. MICHAEL MARTIN

IS THE FORMER HEAD OF PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY AT THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THE NEW FREE REPORT, “HOW TO COMPETE AT YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL, WHEN IT REALLY MATTERS!” IT’S AVAILABLE NOW AT NO COST OR OBLIGATION. CALL 1800-300-796, 24HRS, FOR A FREE RECORDED MESSAGE, TO GET YOUR COPY OF THIS EYE-OPENING REPORT. CALL NOW! DISCOVER WHAT YOUR COMPETITORS ARE HOPING YOU NEVER FIND OUT ABOUT!

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SO YOU HAVE PLANNED A 2-WEEK HOLIDAY IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR MARATHON PROGRAM. WHAT DO YOU DO?? 1. 2. 3.

HAVE THE 2 WEEKS OFF TRAINING AND GET BACK INTO IT WHEN YOU GET BACK HAVE 1 WEEK OFF AND 1 WEEK TRAINING COMMIT TO YOUR PROGRAM – FIND A WAY.

IF YOU’RE INTENT ON ACHIEVING YOUR TRAINING GOALS, THEN POINT 3 IS YOU’RE ONLY OPTION. IF YOU’RE ANYTHING LIKE ME, BEING ON HOLIDAYS IMPLIES EXACTLY THAT… DOING NOTHING BUT CHILLING OUT BY THE POOL, BUFFET BREAKFAST, DINNER’S OUT AND NOT MUCH IN BETWEEN. Running or exercise is generally off the agenda for the week or so, allowing my body to completely unwind – no schedules, no pre-dawn runs and several sleep-ins…in a row. Not only that, I used to feel like a bit of a “tosser” going for a run through small holiday locations, like I was posing. Does that make me a weirdo? I had to change my attitude. I had committed to running my first marathon and I was determined to give myself the best chance at completing it properly. 78

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MAKE A PLAN My recent holiday happened around half way through my marathon program. The volume of running was reaching new heights for me – I was running further than I ever had before. I knew going into this holiday that running the big miles was going to be difficult outside my usual training grounds but I was determined to find a way. Planning is key. If you can do it ahead of arriving, all the better. Scope out your surrounds. Check out the facilities and what’s available to assist you in training. Is there a gym or sports club? Do they have a running group you could join? Is there a pool? What sports drinks, if any, are available? Take advantage of the facilities.


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FIND A GOOD TRACK A tiny island in the middle of the Pacific may not be ideal for long runs, but you make do with what you’ve got. Soon after arriving, I determined that the closest thing to a “running trail” was a 2km stretch of hard sandy trails that encircled the tiny island’s even tinier runway strip. OK, I could work with that. However, the thought of completing my 25km long run by running 12.5 laps of this track was not appealing.

ADAPT. IMPROVISE. OVERCOME. After a little more investigating, I mapped out a 4km loop which would pass by our Bure, making it an ideal “drinks station’. Perfect!

KEEP YOUR FLUIDS UP One of the things I wasn’t prepared for was the humidity. In that heat, throw out any ideas you have of running at the pace you’re used to. The humidity will zap you instantly. Regroup. Now you know what the furnace feels like, prepare yourself for the next run. Make sure 80

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you’re well hydrated before you start your next run; stop for a drink at shorter intervals; gather whatever sports drinks are available as well as electrolytes, which will help you with your hydration (thank God I packed the Hydrolyte “for the kids.”)

Most importantly, keep your fluids up for the remainder of the day. In hot and humid conditions, no matter how much you drink during your run, you will not get in enough to keep your hydrated in these conditions. WHY CAN’T I JUST USE THE TREADMILL IN THE HOTEL GYM, I HEAR YOU ASK? You can, if you just want to run on the spot for 25kms, in conditions that don’t mimic running outdoors. OK, if you’re holidaying in the Siberian Winter, sure, get indoors, but if you’re in the tropics, then get amongst it. Explore your surrounds. Running in the outdoors, in all sorts of conditions will help you prepare for whatever the conditions on race day.


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TIPS TO TAKE ON HOLIDAYS: 1.

SCOPE OUT THE PLACE, DETERMINE A RUNNING LOOP EARLY – DON’T WAIT A FEW DAYS.

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WORK OUT YOUR RUN DAYS AND MAKE SURE IT FITS IN WITH YOUR FAMILY’S SCHEDULE OF NONMOTORISED WATER SPORTS, POOL-TIME AND SANDCASTLES.

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DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER, OPTIMIZE YOUR RUNNING CONDITIONS BY RUNNING AT THE RIGHT TIME OF THE DAY.

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IF YOU HAVE KIDS IN TOW, DITCH POINT 3. RUN EARLY, BEFORE THE KIDS WAKE UP AND BEFORE THE TOURISTS TAKE UP VALUABLE SPACE ON THE TRAILS.

MELISSA CAMPBELL IS A FORMER STATE 2KM BEACH RUN CHAMPION, RUNNER, MOTHER OF 2 AND THE HEAD OF ALL OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS AT JOCK ATHLETIC. SHE DOESN’T MIND A DROP OF RED AND HAS A SERIOUS ADDICTION TO CHOCOLATE. LIKE, SERIOUSLY. YOU CAN FOLLOW MEL ON TWITTER (@_MELCAMPBELL).

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