Interview By Josh Papanikolaou: Date 7/29/14 Runner’s Tribe

Training for Glasgow:

It was quite tough, I was doing a solid amount of volume and there were some really tough sessions in there like 3 X 6km at under 3 min/k pace.

It was hard work but I thought I was going to be in good shape for the race.

I averaged about 208km for the whole preparation and my highest week was 221km on my first week – I was a bit shocked with how I managed to get through that week.

Even towards the end my last big week of mileage I hit 211km doing on single runs for the week.

You never really feel on top of it, it was just a continuous grind, some weeks you’d feel better than other weeks.

You might do an amazing session then feel quite flat for a few days but you just have to get out there and do the mileage and just hope that you’re not making yourself flat.

I thought I was a good judge on how my body was going.

Expectations a few days before the race:

Coming into the last few days I had done quite a big taper over the last two weeks and I was quite anxious, I was unsure if I had lost fitness or if I had run too hard during my taper.

I was getting quite nervous about that stuff and wasn’t quite sure how I was going to go.

I had the aim of top ten and I wanted to be up there challenging the Kenyans.

You just have to convince yourself that you can run with them.

I just wanted to be with the lead pack or with Michael because he always runs smart.

Thoughts early on in the race:

I didn’t know what to expect early on, I was trying to figure out what the Kenyans were going to do early on.

They made a big move early and I thought that was the move that was going to separate them form the rest of the pack so I went a covered it.

They just kept surging and I realised they were just trying to break each other, so I thought I would gradually pick them up the next time when they surge.

Reaching halfway:

 It was kind of mixed feelings there.

There were some patches where I felt like I was jogging and other parts of the race where I felt uncomfortable with the pace, and sometimes that was when it was slow.

I thought I felt pretty good up until about 35km then it all kind of fell apart then ( he laughs), then I started going backwards a bit.

My last two kilometres was absolutely shocking!

I was actually reeling in some Kenyans at the end but didn’t have enough distance left to catch them – aerobically I felt good but my legs were just heavy.

Hearing about Shelley during the race:

On course it was pretty cool that I had all these people yelling out, “your mate’s winning” or “your mate’s won it”.

I thought he must be winning or surging so it was great to hear but I didn’t really absorb it too well, I was just trying to push myself towards the line.

When I finally got to the finish line I could see him and he was celebrating and gave him the thumbs up.

When I crossed the line I was probably more excited for him than I was for my own result – it was a sensational run by him.

I definitely want to see the last bit on TV because he made the move when it counted – it will be awesome to see.

Looking forward to the next marathon:

I know there is room for a whole lot of improvement.

Starting with some of the surges that I tried to cover on Sunday were well under 3 min pace so that’s kind of paces that I wasn’t expecting to run – so if I go into a big city marathon I’ll run faster off a more even pace.

I thought my run was a pretty good result considering it was a championship race.

I’m definitely looking forward to getting out there and having a crack at another one.

How the body is feeling:

Well, it’s absolutely buggered.

I’ve been struggling to walk around the last couple of days – the quads are both dead.

I did feel my hamstrings near the end of my race but not as much as I thought it was going too given I had some neural pain there in my build-up.

Unfortunately, my room is on the second level so whenever I need to go anywhere I’ve got the battle of the stairs – it’s pretty much like climbing a mountain!

Australian team experience at a Championship:

It’s been great to get to know everyone from all the disciplines.

They are all great people, all friendly and we are all supporting each other.

Post-race:

It took probably nearly two hours and about eight Gatorade bottles to get my sample for a drug test – so that was annoying!

After that I quickly went to see my parents before they went to Belfast.

Then I made a quick dash to go and see Michael and Jess get their medals before watching Collis in the 5,000m and the other guys compete.

I was looking forward to getting to sleep from about midday – my hamstrings were screaming.

I enjoyed every aspect of the day, it was great to see Jess and Michael get their medals, and inspiring.

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