LYNDSAY TESSIER

Canadian Running - - EXOTIC DESTINATION -

on sleep

“Pre­vi­ously, I re­ally un­der­rated how im­por­tant sleep is to train­ing. Af­ter one of my frac­tures, I went to a natur­opath and she asked for a ‘di­ary in the life of me’ – I had to write down my ac­tiv­i­ties, my sleep, my food, my mood and of all the things I did; she re­ally honed in on my sleep. So now, I pri­or­i­tize it; I’m in bed at 9 p.m. and wake up at 4:30 a.m. (to get my run in be­fore work). It does mean I miss out on stuff, but I re­al­ize now that I need that time to re­pair and re­cover.”

on nutri­tion

“I’ve learned now the im­por­tance of tim­ing my food – es­pe­cially get­ting some­thing in to re­plen­ish right af­ter work­outs. Now I leave a sim­ple protein drink all ready for me when I walk in the door and then have Greek yogurt and cream of wheat when I ar­rive at work.”

why the marathon?

“I’m a slow burn; I love en­durance. The marathon gives you time to ease into the run and get lost for a cou­ple of hours. If you have a few slower Ks, you don’t have to sweat it as much as you do in a 10k, there’s not the same ur­gency. I need the chance to get my rhythm; it usu­ally takes me about 12k to es­tab­lish the way I’m go­ing to carry on.”

Lyndsay Tessier wins the Sco­tia­bank Van­cou­ver Half-Marathon AGE 39 HOME­TOWN TORONTO MARATHONS4 (STARTED RUN­NING 5–6 YEARS AGO) PB 2:45

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