Nike and 2015

Hello!

To start the year off on a positive note I have some exciting news; I have joined forces with Nike and will be running for them throughout the 2015 season and beyond. I am thrilled to have the chance to run in and represent Nike, admittedly it's been a dream of mine for quite some time! The brands roots and history are in track & field, so their product is second to none when it comes to running.

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I unfortunately suffered a bit of a set back at the end of last year with a minor injury in my foot. This led to a few changes in my training program where I've been trying to stay off the tartan track, and out of my spikes, and keep to grass running. I've also had a bit of a longer approach to my sessions which I am thoroughly enjoying for a change!

On another note, I had my first unofficial race at the NSW Club Championships over the 800m. It was a miserably wet and cold day, so I wasn't expecting too much however I ended up winning with a time of 2:07.05. I was really happy with that time considering the conditions and am very positive about the season ahead.


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Now I am on track and preparing for my first race of the Australian Athletics Tour which will be on the 31st of January in Newcastle. I'll be racing the Hunter Track Classic in another 800m! I'm really excited to race there again, it is always a fun night with music and all kinds of entertainment, for example, last year I arrived onto the track before my race sitting on the back of a convertible! Here is a link to the meet website where you can find who I'll be racing against, and some of the other athletes competing in different events:

http://www.huntertrackclassic.com.au/news/2015-event-list/

I have also just returned from a short training stint in Melbourne with my new coach Peter Fortune. I did some tough sessions that definitely worked the legs! It was great to train with him and with the squad there...He has some interesting stories about past athletes he has coached (one of particular note, Cathy Freeman) that is really motivational to hear before you begin a hard lactic session!


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That's all my news for now...I will keep the updates coming as the season unfolds. Stay tuned!

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)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBUSomNbZC4&w=560&h=315]

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.

Getting ready for Europe!

There is only 1 week until I fly out to Europe to begin my season in preparation for the Commonwealth Games! I will be basing in Cologne, Germany for 3 weeks while I do a couple of races and then move into Team Camp for a week before heading into the Athletes Village in Glasgow. I am so excited to get over there to finalise my training and start racing! I thought I'd let you in on a few sessions I've been doing and a few my favourite New Balance things that I will be taking in my suitcase with me.

I've been focussing a lot on my strength & conditioning sessions in the last couple of weeks, building strength and muscle to ensure that I stay strong while I'm overseas and more importantly, am able to perform at my peak at the Commonwealth Games. In the gym my S&C coach is very particular on my technique and being snappy/explosive with every exercise. Along with Cleans/Squats/Deadlifts I also do a lot of foot contact drills, explosive jumps and medicine ball throws.

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On the track I have been focussing on race specific sessions that are super tough!! One of my favourites is split 400ms:

2-3 x 200m, 60sec, 200m
(aim to at the pace of your 1st 200m of a 400m race each rep)

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To take with me in my suitcase over to Europe I'll let you in on a few of my favourite NB things that help get me through my gruelling training regime. My absolute favourite pieces at the moment are from the New Balance by Heidi Klum range.

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I absolutely love the new colours and patterns in this range, and more importantly how comfortable and wearable it is. The Hottie Bra (see above right) is definitely one of the things I wear the most in my wardrobe. It is super supportive for running and has lightweight & breathable material, which helps in some of the longer sessions!! I also have the matching Run Shorts which have a loose fitted outer layer and a fitted under short. Really great for gym sessions too!

 

 

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My new favourite New Balance shoes which will definitely be on the plane with me to Europe are the Fresh Foam 980s. I use these at the gym and for my track session warm up/longer reps. They are so comfortable and different to any other shoe I've worn. Without being constrictive they are still supportive and lightweight. Definitely give these a go!

If you want to have a look at any of these things head to www.newbalance.com.au 

Thanks to New Balance Australia for your continued support and belief in me. I will be representing #TeamNB overseas very proudly.

 

Enjoy! A. xx

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

Sydney and Melbourne Wrap Up

Hello!

I've had a very busy last few weeks beginning with the 400m race at the Sydney Track Classic, a short trip to Melbourne for training and finishing with a 200m at the Melbourne Track Classic.

Sydney Track was a great meet - lots of entertainment and although torrential rain poured down minutes before the start of the event, the conditions weren't too bad! I knew the 400m was going to be a great event for the night with the news that Natasha Hastings (400m American Champ) was to be competing against us. Turns out, it was! 

I crossed the line 2nd behind Natasha in my second fastest time ever (52.70). Although this was slightly slower than what I was hoping for, I was really happy to finish second and ran a good race! You can watch the whole meet here (my race is at 2hrs 14mins and I'm in lane 3):

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zkO9re50vk&w=560&h=315]

I had a chat to Natasha after the race and she asked if I wanted to jump in on a few of her training sessions to learn about her training and life as an athlete over in America. I decided that I couldn't pass up an opportunity like that and booked my flights down to Melbourne a few days later. I did one 400m specific session and one 200m preparation session with her and learnt a lot!! She is very strong and extremely fast, so I was definitely pushed more than I have been in a very long time. The other American athletes were also down in Melbourne and being surrounded by athletes of that class was very motivating. Training at the same time was LaShawn Merritt (400m Olympic & World Champion), Duane Solomon (800m Olympic 4th Place), and David Oliver (110m hurdles Olympic/World Champion) and they were very generous in giving me tips on my running technique, block starts and racing/training plans. All in all, a very worthwhile experience!!

That weekend I competed in the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge meet in the 200m again against Natasha Hastings and some of Australia's best sprinters. After a demanding week of training I wasn't feeling 100% in my body unfortunately but I knew that was going to happen after some tough sessions so I just tried to run as fast as I could under the circumstances. I ended up in 4th (3rd Australian) and had a lot of fun! The times weren't super fast because of fairly cold and windy conditions but it was a solid race.

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You can watch the whole meet and my race here: (my race is at 1hr 53mins and I am in lane 6)

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Next up! the 2014 Australian Athletic Championships and Commonwealth Games selection Trials in Melbourne on April 3rd-6th. I am competing in the 400m and 200m. Can't wait!

I am extremely excited to be wearing the 2014 New Balance racing kit this season which is very bright and eye catching. Love the fresh colours and as always, the super comfy and FAST designs. Image

Also wanted to say thanks to Sydney University Sport and Fitness for their ongoing support and care! I wouldn't be able to compete at any of these meets without their help!

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

Star Stadium Goal Complete!

Hello!

Very exciting news to announce...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! There's a short clip of it on my instragram account here: http://instagram.com/annelieserubie 

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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
Tia O'Caroll
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 to use for travel expenses to and from training/races, physiotherapy/injury prevention, coaching and pilates. All of this greatly impacts the quality of my training and what the result will be come April for the Commonwealth Games trials!

A. x