National Championships 2015

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Hi guys! Just a quick blog in between Uni lectures and flights to let you know that I am racing at the Australian Athletics Championships this weekend in Brisbane! I will be running in the Open Women 400m and Open Women 200m which will be held across Thursday-Sunday this weekend.

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I'm very excited to get up to QLD and finish off my preparations, and run the 400m Heats, that are on tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 6.45pm-ish AEST). I'm feeling really confident going into this weekend, and looking forward to having a great race come Saturday night! I can't help but think about last year's Nationals - where I came 2nd but ran exactly on the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games. Hopefully I can replicate and go one better this year! We are very lucky to have Mossy & Robbo coming up and commentating the Live Stream again for the whole weekend! You can watch any of my races and more here:

http://mossyandrobbo.com

The schedule of my races can be found here:

http://athletics.com.au/portals/56/Marketing%20and%20Communications/Documents/2015%20Programs/nationals_2015program.pdf

But just so you know, the 400m FINAL is on Saturday night at 7:50pm (8.50pm AEST).

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I'd also like to take this opportunity before I race to say a quick thank-you to all of my sponsors & supporters. You can find links to their websites in the 'sponsors' tab above - or click their names below:

Firstly, all of my family & friends for your wonderful words of support! Sydney University Sport & Fitness Sydney University Athletics Club Village Pilates BMW Australia Nike

Wish me luck!

A. xx

Two 400m races, four states, 7 days.

Hello! I've had a monster of a week travelling, training, racing and have finally settled back at home for a couple of weeks for my last block of pre-nationals training.

I started off travelling to Perth for the Perth Track Classic to race in my first 400m for the season. It was a great field with basically our whole Glasgow 4x400m team competing, minus two, and conditions were set to be perfect! Unfortunately, Perth had an anomaly of a day in weather, having the only day under 25 degrees in months and cold gusty head-winds on the track making it very less than ideal conditions to race!! I ended up coming third (exactly even with Lyndsay Pekin), in a  time of 54.20. I was quite disappointed with the time and result, but not completely disheartened because the weather and travel probably played a part in my slow time.

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On my way back to Sydney I stopped off in Melbourne to see my coach and train with squad for a few days. This was a great opportunity to get in a tough track session and plan the rest of my season. We did a 400m specific lactic session involving 300m 2mins 150m, 250m 90secs 150m, 200m 60secs 120m. Definitely opened the lungs!

I then stopped off in Sydney for a night before driving to the Nation's Capital, Canberra, for another 400m race! I had a much better run and fought with Lauren Wells to the line and ended up second in 53.53, almost a whole second faster than the week before. You can watch the race here:

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This weekend I have the NSW State Championships where I will be running the 400m and 200m, and am looking to defend my State 400m Title. Fingers crossed for a fast race! Then I have a couple of weeks off before the Sydney Track Classic and Melbourne Track Classic.

Until then, I will be enjoying the last couple of weeks of beautiful Sydney summer weather!

A. xx

2014 Wrap Up (Bahamas, Europe, Commonwealth Games, Morocco)

WOW! What an athletics season this has been. 2014 has definitely been my biggest and best year running and I have loved every minute of it.

Starting with the Nationals & Commonwealth Games Selection Trials where I ran a PB and qualified for the Commonwealth Games, then onto the World Relay Championships in the Bahamas which was an amazing experience to run for the Australian 4x400m team... and this was all before May!

Then began my journey to the Commonwealth Games, which was a long one! Starting with a training stint in Cologne, Germany for a month amongst some other Comm Games team members where we travelled around Europe for races to prepare. Then a week with the Australian team in Gateshead in England for final training and team preparations.... Finally I moved into the Village in Glasgow and began the most memorable week of my life!

The whole experience was very surreal, eating in the dining hall with superstar athletes, training amongst the Australian team, but most memorable was of course walking into the main stadium which was filled with people cheering, and running some great 400ms, holding my own against the world's best.

I ran some of my fastest times ever across the 4 races that week, my final results were 10th in the 400m and 4th in the 4x400m which I am extremely happy with!

Here is the only video I could find online: Relay Final (1st leg (52.2)- 4th place)

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Upon returning home to Australia after a short break I was asked to compete for Asia-Pacific in the Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco. I knew I was not anywhere near the shape I had been in Glasgow but unfortunately had less than 2 weeks notice to prepare before I flew out to run the 400m and the 4x400m. It was still a great experience and is the fastest race I've ever been a part of as the winner ran 49 seconds! I finished 7th in the individual and 4th in the relay, which I was happy with considering my lack of preparation..

Now I am finally back home and starting back at training to build a big fitness base. I have made the very hard decision to change coaches and training squads after a decade, but am excited as to what the future holds now.

I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to every single person who supported me along this journey, I would not have been able to do it without you. I am so grateful to have an amazing team of family, friends, support staff, and readers who push me to achieve my goals every day.

Comm Games qualifier, PB and a Silver medal!

Hi Guys

WOW what a weekend....!

The Australian Championships & Commonwealth Games selection trials were on last weekend in Melbourne and I ran the 400m and 200m. Going into the Championships I was pretty confident I had a chance to take out the gold medal in the 400m, but due to inconsistent weather conditions down at Melbourne I wasn't sure whether I'd be able to get the Commonwealth Games qualifier too. What resulted was not what I was expecting but I am very happy nonetheless.

On the thursday night I ran the 400m heat and was able to run pretty conservatively and save up my energy for the final on the Saturday night. I ran a 54.31 and was drawn lane 6 for the final. Over the weekend we were pretty lucky it wasn't forecasted to rain but unfortunately that's where our luck finished! Cold wind swirled around the track all afternoon the day of the race and was not ideal conditions for fast times.

I felt really good going into the race, no real injury niggles and my training had been going really well. Caitlin Sargent, my main competitor from QLD was 2 lanes inside me, and a young girl from Melbourne, Morgan Mitchell, was on the lane inside me so I knew I would have to focus on my own race and not get distracted by what they were or weren't doing!
I did just that and ended up with a silver medal in a new PB of 52.35 seconds! Unfortunately I didn't judge the timing of the end of my race exactly right so I finished with a bit left in the tank, and I was only 0.13 seconds behind the winner Morgan. But I was extremely ecstatic with the result because my time was the exact Commonwealth Games 'B' qualifier!

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The fact that I didn't win meant I couldn't be automatically selected in the team, but I will have to wait until June 1st for the final selection announcement.
I am pretty confident of an individual selection, and am certain that our relay team (which I will be a part of) has a good chance to make the final and maybe even medal in Glasgow!

The next day I had 2 rounds of the 200m to get through, and even though I was on a bit of cloud nine having run the qualifying standard, I had to re-focus and get back into racing mode.
I ran through the heats relatively easily and secured a place in the final. I ended up running a really good 200m and finishing strongly enough to take out the bronze medal in 23.88 seconds! The time wasn't quick because we had a strong headwind but I was extremely happy to finish the weekend with two medals.

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If you want to watch my races, here is the links

400m: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO759kAtRDc&feature=youtu.be

200m: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0cDGhyptpw&feature=youtu.be

Now I am going back into hard training for three months before heading overseas in June. With lots of things to work on and improve in my race I am very confident I will be able to run some fast times if selected to go to Glasgow and am very excited to get to work!

Thanks everyone for your messages of support over the last couple of months! It really has helped me push to be a better athlete and to compete for Australia this year at the Games.

Love A.x

Star Stadium Goal!

Hello! Very exciting news to announce today...my Star Stadium goal target was reached! I am so grateful and humbled by the amazing support I have received with this venture. The funds I managed to raise will go a long way in allowing me to continue training full time toward the Commonwealth Games trials in April next year. The support I have received has motivated me to train as hard as possible so that I can represent Australia for all of my Star Stadium sponsors and hopefully do you all proud.

On the last day of the fundraising I promised 10 burpees for every person who donated that day...I ended up having to do 120 burpees! I have a short clip of the challenge on my instagram account here: http://instagram.com/p/g7xMjGH-g2/

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I want to mention everyone who sponsored me to say thank you! Here are my Star Sponsors who are now officially part of Team Rubie!! Ally Day Wanda Major Sali and Julie Stevanja Clare Hozack Dean Ashford Louisa Scott Gai and Mark Forrest Allegra Day and George Downing Ben Rubie Danni Hudson Natalie Wendon Rhonda Dew Sergio Correa John Rubie Susan Reading Thomas Martin Harrison Colreavy Esther Muller Ali Rubie Andrew Heil Alanna Raymond Anthony Mitchell Stephanie Panaretos Jack Colreavy Ben Liddy

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! So very grateful for your generosity. The much needed funds will be put towards travel expenses to and from training/travel, weekly physiotherapy treatment/injury prevention, coaching and pilates/gym fees. All of these daily and weekly expenses combined significantly increase my chances come April for the Commonwealth Games trials. A. x

Stylerunner Blog-azine & State Relays

Hey guys!

I was recently Q & A'd by an amazing online sportswear retailer called Stylerunner about my training and journey towards next years Commonwealth Games - it also details how you can show your support to help me get there! 

Have a read and let me know what you think! 
http://www.stylerunner.com/blog/running-dream.html

Only 2 more days left on my StarStadium goal too.
Please help me reach the final target - I'm so close!!

https://www.starstadium.com/view/10/2014-commonwealth-games

In other news, over the weekend my Sydney Uni team mates and I competed in the NSW State Relays - and we brought the rain (literally!) Image

Almost completing a clean sweep of every open's race, it was a very successful weekend.
I competed in the 4x200m, Sprint Medlay, and the 4x400m events, we won all three and broke a few State and National records on the way too.

I was very pleased with my performances and we got a few rough times for my leg in each relay...it is safe to say I am on track to attain that qualifying standard in a few months!
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In the gym this morning I also recorded a few PB's in my lifts (Hang clean = 62.5kg). Definitely getting stronger and faster for next season!Image

Thanks for your continual support!

A. xx

 

 

Star Stadium Goal

Hello everybody!

So there is 1 week left of my Star Stadium 'crowd funding' goal, and I need your help to get me to the Commonwealth Games.

There are a number of gifts you will receive as a massive thank you for your sponsorship- including New Balance t-shirts, training sessions with me and shout outs on my social media pages!

Please click on this link --> Star Stadium Goal <-- to help an athlete out.
A big thank you to everyone who has already supported me, I appreciate it so much! You will receive your gifts when the week is up!

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I've been doing some really tough training sessions in all kinds of weather over the last couple of weeks... I'll give you an example of one of my favourite sessions that I've done!

Full Warm Up (Jog, stretch, technical drills, run throughs and 80% 400m)

8 x 200m (Rest = 2mins between each rep. Pace = 85/90% or sub 26 seconds)

2 x 2 x 60m turn-arounds (Rest = time it takes to turn around. Pace = 95%)

Warm down (Jog 3 laps and stretches)

Was definitely challenging but perfect for 400m training.

If anyone takes up the challenge - let me know how you go below in the comments section!

 

Thanks again,

A. xx

Help me to get to the Commonwealth Games!

Click here to: Help me to get to the Commonwealth Games!

As the Commonwealth Games selection trials creep closer and closer, I am asking for your help! Star Stadium is a new crowd funding site that is helping athletes achieve their goals. My goal is to qualify and gain selection in the Australian team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Juggling being a full time athlete and a full time student leaves little time for part time work. To qualify for the team I am needing to travel domestically and internationally to compete against the best, and as you can imagine - the expenses add up very quickly!!

Please jon my team and help me compete for Australia!

Anneliese x

Melbourne Track Classic PB + win!

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Hello all! The title pretty much says it all, but just a quick post to let you know about my race at the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge meet yesterday. I have had a great (almost) 2 week training block since my last race in Perth and have been feeling really strong. Unfortunately I came down with a cold on Wednesday so was desperately trying to fight it off before the race last night. But nevertheless, the Melbourne weather gods brought out the goods with a beautiful sunny day, barely any wind and almost 30 degrees! This definitely lifted my spirits and I went into the race feeling pretty confident.

I ran a really good race and came 1st with a new PB of 52.61! I am so happy to have gone even quicker again! Now I am just hungrier to get that World Champs B qualifying time of 52.35 next weekend at the National Championships. So if I do run the B standard, and win Nationals, then I will be automatically selected for the Australian Team. I have my fingers tightly crossed!

There is a link to my 400m race in Melbourne here: (it isn't great quality and just misses the start of the race but is the only version I could find so far)

http://www.watchathletics.com/video/world-challenge/1043/women-400m-melbourne-world-challenge-2013/

This week I will be resting and trying to recover from this cold, and have my Nationals Heat on Thursday afternoon. The final is on Saturday night at 6.20pm! I am very lucky that the Nationals are being held in Sydney this year, so no more travelling for me (yipee!) but that also means that you can come out and watch too! I will post more details closer to the date for everyone.

Have a nice week and thanks for the support! A. xx

PB in Perth!!!

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Good news!! I'm home from Perth and did a big PB, which was under 53 for the first time. I won the 400m in 52.89! And more good news, my training partner Liz Jenkins came second, also in a big PB of 55.44.

The link to the race is here for all those wanting to watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vF-Ft2lMSEo

I felt really good in the race, and the conditions were pretty good! Had a bit of a headwind around the second half of the race but besides that everything went really well. So now I am training hard towards getting that extra half of a second off my time to qualify for the World Championships.

Enjoy! A. xx