Smirnoff the key to marathon turn­around!

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - By GE­OFF MANN

WHEN Raisa Kolesnikov­a left Dubbo 10 days ago she was plan­ning to run back to back marathons on two con­ti­nents. That would be a chal­lenge for any ath­lete, but when you’ve only been com­pet­ing se­ri­ously for four years, it is an enor­mous moun­tain to climb.

If you are 61 years of age, it takes on even more im­pos­ing ob­sta­cles, not the least, re­hy­dra­tion and mus­cu­lar restora­tion.

Not a prob­lem for Raisa, Dubbo’s al­ways cheer­ful tra­di­tional herbal medicine prac­ti­tioner and acupunc­tur­ist.

“I have Chi­nese and Rus­sian par­ents. I grew up in the north west of China and speak both lan­guages, so when I fin­ish in Ber­lin, my hus­band and I are fly­ing to Moscow on our way to Chicago for the sec­ond marathon,” Raisa said. “How will you re­cover?” I asked. “Sim­ple. I’ll drink vodka and do lots of Rus­sian danc­ing. That should keep my mus­cles warm and flex­i­ble,” she laughed.

Raisa and hus­band Adam Carter, a lo­cal chi­ro­prac­tor, had a set­back that led to a change of plans, es­pe­cially in re­gards to the planned Smirnoff based re­cov­ery.

I re­ceived an early morn­ing text mes­sage: “I have bad news. Moscow trip is can­celled. My hus­band col­lapsed in our ho­tel on the first night. We spent the night at Ber­lin hos­pi­tal in A&E. He is a healthy 55-year-old man, never been sick. Scary!” Raisa’s mes­sage said.

“Vodka and Rus­sian dance is on hold at the mo­ment.”

That star­tled me at 1.30am just af­ter she had com­pleted the fourth leg of her Ab­bott’s Big Six world marathons.

“It was a very tuff (sic) emo­tional race. I did for Adam!”

Thank­fully Adam was in ex­cel­lent med­i­cal hands and has been able to travel on with Raisa to Chicago for the 42km race num­ber five.

“We are go­ing via St Pe­ters­burg, but the ex­tra ac­tiv­i­ties will have to wait,” a re­lieved Raisa com­mu­ni­cated in a week­end mes­sage.

Our lo­cal run­ning mum set some lofty goals af­ter only com­plet­ing her first marathon in Canberra in 2016.

“I am a very pos­i­tive per­son so when I set goals I know I will over­come ev­ery ob­sta­cle to reach them.”

Raisa races this week­end in Chicago. “Then we will come home, give thanks for our good health and be­gin pre­par­ing for the fi­nal leg of our long dis­tance run­ning jour­ney in Lon­don next year.”

There is no rea­son to think Raisa and her best friend and hus­band of nearly 30


years will not stand on the fin­ish­ing line clutch­ing her Ab­bott’s tro­phy.

“I can­not wait to hold up my globe with the six ma­jor cities in the world high­lighted and ‘Raisa Kolesnikov­a, Ab­bott World Marathon’, in­scribed.”

By the way, Raisa clocked her fastest time of 3:39:57 over 8 sec­onds faster than her pre­vi­ous best and nearly an hour quicker than her first ef­fort three years ago.

Raisa Kolesnikov­a has been run­ning marathons in Europe. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED. Raisa Kolesnikov­a.

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