Keeping Warm in Winter

Hi everyone! I can't believe my first blog for the year is in June, this year has flown. I'll let you know what has been keeping me busy over the last couple of months.. So I left off my last post about to start the domestic season. Unfortunately I was only able to run one 400m race in December before I tore my hamstring again, this time it was due to sprinting in a 200m race. This tear however was not a 2 week quick fix...The tear was 17cm long and started in my tendon, continued through the belly of the muscle and then into the adductor muscle. Or in other words, not something you want to have heading into and Olympic year! I was gutted to say the least, but tried to stay positive that I could rehab it well enough in time to compete at the Olympic Trials. I spent many days in the gym, physio and out on the track by myself slowly recovering. It took 3 months until I was able to train normally again. The Olympic Trials were too soon for me, but the National Championships were about a month later and I saw this as an opportunity for my 'come back' race. So the first week of April came around and I headed down to chilly Melbourne. With no expectations and not even any clue as to how I would go, I managed to come 3rd and post a time (53.55) not too far off my personal best of 53.16. I was so relieved to finally have the hamstring issue behind me and that my perseverance had paid off. The family had some sad news earlier on in the year, my grandpa who lives in New Zealand had passed away. He was a huge supporting figure and was always so proud to hear of any of my running achievements. I dedicated my bronze medal to him.

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My boyfriend Lachlan has been training on and off in the United States with the Oregon Track Club for a few years now, and he is currently racing in the US and Europe to try and qualify for the Olympics in the 800m. I visited him for 2 weeks after Nationals in Oregon which was great fun. It's amazing how different Track & Field is over there, just for a small afternoon track meet the stadium was packed full of fans! (Lachlan has three more weeks to gain a spot in the Australia Olympic Team, he is very close to the A-standard so we all have our fingers crossed for him.)

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On my return back to Australia, I raced up the treacherous Balmoral Burn hill. 400m of uphill pain, but all for a great cause to support the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and I managed to come 2nd this year which was great fun.

So for now I am hard at work in training for next years World Championships and 2014 Commonwealth Games, although I am disappointed not to be competing at these Olympics I know four years will fly until the next chance in Rio!

Hope everyone is well,

A. xx

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