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Chipping Away: RT Journal By Mathew Cox

As a child I was never a particularly talented athlete. I was the fittest in my soccer team (which I thought was impressive at the time) but when it came to competing against other runners I was out of my depth. The achievement I was proudest of was making it to the state cross-country in year 6, where I think I finished mid-field. The track was not my friend. By the age of 14 I’d worked out that there were only ever 3 athletes who competed at the regional little athletics championships in the 100m hurdles. Having failed to qualify in th...

The Highs and Lows of Altitude: By Jess Trengove

At 2,100-2,700m above sea level, there is a noticeable change in what can be managed and sustained in training. Whilst many athletes talk about undertaking a block of altitude training to improve performance, it can also have the opposite effect. Individuals respond in different ways and certain factors, such as hydration, stored iron levels, energy input and training load need to be monitored to promote a favourable response. I had been to Falls Creek for periods of up to three weeks prior to the Flagstaff camp and didn’t acknowledge ho...

Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon: Mary Keitany smashes course record

Mary Keitany smashes course record while Josphat Kiptis surprises the favourites in Olomouc Mary Keitany emerged triumphant from the sixth edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon, running the world class time of 66:38 for victory. The Kenyan improved the course record by over two minutes and achieved the fourth fastest time in the world this year for the half marathon. Her compatriots Rose Chelimo and Angela Tanui finished second and third with 68:33 and 68:41 respectively. The outcome of the men’s race overturned pre-race expectatio...

Tom Fawthorpe RT Journal: To be successful in this sport

To be successful in this sport a lot of time and dedication needs to go into training. All athletes sacrifice a lot of things in order to be the best athlete they can be. Running is such an individual sport so when you succeed it’s always great to share that success you have with others.   A lot of athletes and myself included struggle to get the right balance between training and other things in life, whether it be uni, work or social life. I myself have found that if you can get into a routine then finding a balance between all th...

Five ways to bounce back: RT Journal by Peter Bol

  Alright, so you didn’t run the race you wanted, didn’t get the time you’ve trained for and didn’t finish in the top 3 positions and now you’re quiet disappointed. Whatever the reason is, don’t give up just yet! Every sport has its downfalls and every race you run won’t always exceed your expectations, so here’s a little guidance to help you cope and bounce back.   Accept the results I HEAR YOU: You’ve devoted so much time and energy into ensuring the best possible performance an...

No Pain, No Gain?  Pushing through the Barrier: By Jessica Trengove

No Pain, No Gain?  Pushing through the Barrier. Jessica Trengove, April 2nd 2015   The airport scene has become a little too familiar in recent months. This time I am homeward bound for the Easter long weekend and rather than make the same old mistake of draining my phone battery, I opted to put my laptop to use. One week ago today, a small group of Aussies including myself ventured out of our Guiyang hotel in an attempt to find the one-and-only coffee spot that showed up on Nipper’s Coffee Bean App. Unfortunately the result lo...

RT Interview with Madeline Heiner: 2015 Thus Far

After an exceptional domestic season full of terrific accomplishments, what was the major highlight for you? The 2015 domestic season was an exciting one for me and I found myself with two highlights. Claiming my first 5000m national title at Sydney Track Classic in a PB was the first... this was a big goal of mine this season. One week later I ran a PB and scored the win in the 3000m steeplechase at Melbourne World challenge. As expected I was nervous on the startline given Glasgow (July 2014) had been my most recent steeple, so I was wrapped...

RT Journal by Jordan Gusman: Break on through Part 2

Thinking back to my previous blog “break on through”, the season was somewhat of a break through. Maybe not onto the world stage but I did make a slight impact on the Domestic season, although bombing out at nationals I managed to sneak my way up to 4th on the rankings so far this year and chop 11sec off my PB within the two months racing. Throughout this blog I will be referring back to the prior written early January (before track season began for me) so if you haven't read that I suggest you give it a quick look over. Kicking of...

Emily Augustine RT Journal: A look back at the 2014 season

As I look back on the last 12 months, it's been a year of amazing highs combined with some challenging lows.  The highest point was heading overseas to China for the Youth Olympics and later in the season, a low,  having time off to reboot my immune system.    Part 1 From August 12 -29 August, I embarked on my first international trip for athletics. Being a part of the Nanjing Youth Olympics held in China was educational and at the same time tonnes of fun. It helped me grow in confidence and gain life experience that is inv...

World Cross Country 2015: By Bryce Anderson

World Cross Country 2015 By Bryce Anderson   Last week I was lucky enough to represent Australia at the World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China. I had made the Australian Mountain Running Team before but making the Australian Cross Country Team was something that I had dreamed of and strived for since I began running. Since my last blog and the Australian Cross Country Trials it was a few very solid, hard weeks of hard training, university and getting ready for the biggest race of my life to date. My coach Dick Telford and I h...