cheesecake in there occasionally, as long as it’s all balanced by good choices as well. I’ll eat five bananas a day, plenty of fruit, lots of rice, veges, sweet potato. I’m certainly not afraid of eating lots of carb.”
“If I do a really hard session at the gym and it’s going to be a little while until I’m able to get a proper meal, I’ll supplement with a protein shake. I also have a greens powder in the morning. I also do the beet juice – research shows that some of the nitrates in it can have benefits. You could juice your own beets, but there’s a company that does beetroot juice or beet shots that are specifically aimed at endurance athletes.
“I take caffeine before my races – there are carbohydrate gels that also have 40-100mg of caffeine. And then you can get No-Doze over the counter. So for me, before a big race, I’d have probably 200mg of caffeine. It fires me up mentally so I’m hitting the start line feeling like I really want to race.” rundown and sick, and then I feel a pain coming on, it’s usually a sign that I’m doing a bit too much. That’s a good time to realise that you can’t just push and push. Sometimes you might just need to back off.
“I’ve got a ten-minute rule: if things are hurting or I’m feeling a bit under the weather and don’t feel like getting out to train, I’ll jog for ten minutes; if things are just getting worse and it feels terrible, I can just turn around and walk home. But often once you get that first ten minutes done, you realise that it was just a little niggle and you’re fine to keep going.
“It’s funny: I couldn’t tell you how many runs I’ve been on, but there are only three or four runs that I’ve ever regretted doing. Often, just getting out the door is the hard part, but once you’re out there you very rarely get home and say, ‘I wish I hadn’t done that.’ You normally get home and you’re flooded with endorphins and you’ve had a bit of time to yourself and you feel great. Running can be quite meditative, so you often find you solve the problems of the world while you’re out there.”