“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.”
“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