The Riverine Herald - - SPORT -

MARATHON run­ner Brady Threlfall was el­e­vated to rock star sta­tus at his most re­cent race in Ja­pan — and he wants more.

The ris­ing long dis­tance star is just home af­ter run­ning the Nobeoka marathon in 2.21:41, his sec­ond best time over the 42.2km.

But it was his treat­ment pre-race that has se­ri­ously whet­ted his ap­petite for the big time.

“It was just amaz­ing,” Threlfall said. “One day I was teach­ing pri­mary school stu­dents in Ton­gala and the next I was be­ing in­ter­viewed live on Ja­panese TV by that coun­try’s equiv­a­lent of Karl Ste­fanovic,” he said.

“And my in­ter­preter got an even big­ger kick out of it than me — af­ter the in­ter­view fin­ished he got flooded with texts and mes­sages from around Ja­pan by friends who had seen him with me.

“The ef­fect all this has on your adren­a­line is in­cred­i­ble; there were posters up around town with my pic­ture, and the other top Ja­panese run­ners.”

Threlfall said there was even a ma­jor func­tion the night be­fore with the Ja­panese run­ners and him­self hit with spot­lights and get­ting end­less ap­plause.

But he ad­mit­ted with a grin the Ja­panese might have over­es­ti­mated the in­vited Aus­tralian run­ner — the only non-Ja­panese in the field.

“The top 12 or 14 guys all had bet­ter times than me, some of their half- marathon times were siz­zling com­pared with mine,” he ad­mit­ted.

“It was great to be rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia but I have to ad­mit I felt a lit­tle bit out of my league when I first got there.”

But that all changed when the race be­gan.

This was the first marathon Threlfall had run since a mas­sive over­haul of his nu­tri­tional plan in part­ner­ship with Monash Univer­sity.

Af­ter test­ing his car­dio ca­pac­ity on the tread­mill they started mea­sur­ing ev­ery­thing, from his lac­tates to his sweat. And they al­most im­me­di­ately di­ag­nosed the prob­lem caus­ing Threlfall’s marathons to fall apart in the fi­nal five to six kilo­me­tres.

“My carb man­age­ment was wrong,” Threlfall said.

“I wasn’t even carb load­ing prop­erly in the days run­ning up to a marathon, I guess th­ese are the lit­tle one per­centers you learn,” he said. all

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