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RT Journal by Stew McSweyn; From King Island to Korea

From King Island to Korea As this is my first Runners’ Tribe blog, I want to start by giving you a bit of background information on the journey I have made over the last ten years, from a primary school kid running around my family’s farm, to now – as I sit here writing the night before leaving for World University Games in South Korea.   My running story began on King Island, a small island located half-way between Tasmania and Victoria, that has a population less than 1500. This is where my family is based and I still ...

Interview with James Hansen: Fast Miles

How Was the Uni Games Experience? The experience of coming to the world universiade has been an incredible experience, although my result was a little disappointing missing out on the final by .2. The opening ceremony was something that I would expect to see at the Olympics with around 50,000 Koreans and 14,000 athletes packing out the world cup stadium. The village is awesome with some of the best features being a 24-hour dining hall and fridges down stairs packed with unlimited Gatorade and water.  The Koreans are probably the nicest pe...

Milly Jane Clark RT Journal: I Trust My Coach

By Milly Jane Clark When I first started taking long distance running seriously 4 years ago, I kept a very detailed and meticulous training log. I was dedicated in keeping it up-to-date and found myself spending hours ensuring it had a complete recount of every single rep split or distance covered. I drew confidence from adding up my mileage at the end of the week and seeing ‘how much’ hard work I had done. Nonetheless, every week needed to be the same or better, which can be VERY mentally exhausting. Being new to the sport and spe...

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...