Tips From The Track
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
From the July 2012 issue of Runner’s World
Julie Brims, 46, of Mount Cotton, Queensland, set an Australian record for the W45 200 metres (25.21s)
1 Good Prep
“A focused warm-up is important to ensure mind and body are ready to run. I warm-up for 40-45 minutes; 400m jog, stretch (hamstrings, quads, calf, hip flexor), sprint drills (fast legs, butt kicks, high knees), 60m run-throughs, stride block starts, 30-40m fast block starts.”
2 Good Plan
“I keep to myself before a race. I find a quiet spot and visualise the race in my head. In the call room I keep my head down so as not to allow others to intimidate me. It also helps me stay focused on my own plan.”
3 Good Form
“Running form is key to performance. It's important that form is matched to body shape. As I have a long stride length, I aim for my heel to be high under my butt, allowing for a high knee swing-through to maximise my stride.”
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