She’s go­ing the dis­tance

Jenny List pre­par­ing for the marathon of a life­time on the Great Wall

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie

JENNY List will soon be­gin in­ten­sive train­ing to run a marathon of the GreatWall of China.

The Monto res­i­dent has been an avid marathon run­ner since 2010, and the GreatWall Run will be a ma­jor step up for her.

“It’s time to give my­self a chal­lenge,” List said.

“I’ve only done them at the Gold Coast where it’s fairly flat, but the GreatWall is very hilly, very hot.”

This will be Jenny’s fourth full marathon, the first three be­ing the an­nual Gold Coast Air­port marathons, which she has been do­ing since 2014.

In tak­ing the GreatWall Marathon, con­sid­ered one of the five great­est marathons in the world, Jenny will be step­ping up to more ex­clu­sive com­pe­ti­tion, and more in­ten­sive train­ing.

“You only ac­tu­ally run with 900 peo­ple, whereas Gold Coast you’re run­ning with 6000,” she said.

“You’ll find in a lot of run­ning events, most peo­ple are out there for them­selves, but they also help each other out and coax each other along.”

List typ­i­cally gets up at 4.30am to run, ac­com­pa­nied by her dog As­ton.

As­ton is 18 months old and has run up to 22km with List, though she al­ways makes sure to keep a steady pace and run in the cool to keep him from over­heat­ing.

“He’ll get fit­ter, along with me and I want him to come for most of them be­cause I’ll be in the dark,” she said.

List is cur­rently do­ing main­te­nance train­ing, run­ning 5-10 kilo­me­tre runs in the morn­ing along with strength train­ing twice a week.

On Fe­bru­ary 13, she will be­gin her rou­tine of metic­u­lous daily train­ing, av­er­ag­ing 70-80km a week, or­gan­ised to make the most out of the three months lead­ing up to the run on May 18.

“The train­ing for pre­vi­ous marathons is fairly straight­for­ward, but for this one the only change I need to do is in­cor­po­rate more hill train­ing and stair climb­ing,” she said.

“Ob­vi­ously Monto doesn’t have too many stairs, so I’ve got an aer­o­bic step ma­chine and a rou­tine de­signed around the 5160 steps that are on the marathon.”

Of course, the steps on the GreatWall aren’t any or­di­nary steps; they’re a me­tre high, and the el­e­va­tion peaks early at 450km, mak­ing the first leg of the run more of a climb.

For List, run­ning is in­tended to not only build up fit­ness, but will and men­tal for­ti­tude.

“They’re ex­haust­ing work­outs, they push your body and your heart-rate, but they also push you men­tally,” she said.

“In a marathon, you hit the wall at 32k and you’re body’s just go­ing ‘what on earth are you do­ing?’ and you have to push through.”

In ad­di­tion to a fit­ness mile­stone, List said it would give her an op­por­tu­nity to travel.

She’s reg­is­tered with an on­line group called Trav­el­ling Fit who she’ll be join­ing on the marathon and stay­ing with in Bei­jing.

“I’m not re­ally look­ing for a time; I want to be strong enough and fit enough to fin­ish it with­out any in­juries,” she said.

“But if I can get a time of around 5 hours, I’ll be happy.”


GEAR­ING UP: Jenny List, pic­tured with her friend and run­ning part­ner As­ton, will soon be­gin in­ten­sive train­ing to run the Great Wall of China.

Jenny finds liv­ing out in Queens­land a good place to train be­cause of long roads and good tem­per­a­tures.

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