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

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

 

 

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

Summer Workout Style

Hello!

What better way to get ready for sumer than preparing your workout wardrobe!

I've been wearing the New Balance 890 v.3 in rainbow colours - the BEST shoes for sprinting, jogging and just all day wear. 

On top I've got the NBx Minimus Short Sleeve Tee in Black (great for long runs in the heat, keeps you cool and protected from the sun!)

I've also been loving the NBx Minimus Split Short, they have some crazy colours and prints in stores at the moment

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My training has been going great so far this winter. I'm really looking forward to racing next season!! 

Next week I'll have some tips for ways you can warm up best for running! Stay tuned. I'll leave you with a little motivation for this week.. Image

A. xx

 

 

National Champs 2013... Living & Learning!

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Hello all, Over the weekend I competed at the Australian Athletics Championships in the 400m and the 200m. I went into the championships ranked number 1 in Australia in the 400m, having run PB's in almost every race I had competed in, and was pretty confident that I was in shape to possibly take out the gold in both. Even though I came down with a cold the weekend before and was still not 100%, I felt ready to race and in the best shape of my life. Unfortunately the weekend did not pan out the way I had hoped!

The 400m was a battle between Caitlin Sargent (QLD) and myself, but she just got the better of me on the line; winning in a time of 52.68, and I finished second in 52.80. I was pretty disappointed as that meant I could not gain automatic selection for the World Champs team, however it has gained me selection for the World University Games nonetheless. A link to the race is here: http://www.runnerstribe.com/coverage/250671-Australian-National-Championships/video/705338-Womens-400m-Aus-Champs

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After the 400m I had to pick myself up quickly and prepare for what the next day held; the 200m rounds. I cruised through the heat in 23.87 and felt so ready to redeem myself in the 200m final. There was good competition in Toea Wisil (PNG) and a speedy junior Monica Brennan (QLD). Unfortunately, I was a little too fired up and false started in the final. This meant I was automatically disqualified. Monica Brennan went on to win the gold in a personal best time of 23.42  I was and still am very upset about both races, but have learnt a lot of lessons from this weekend!

My coach and I are going back to the drawing board and I will begin an intense winter training block to get me stronger and faster for whatever comes my way next time. It is very disappointing having been focussed on this goal for so long and I've work so hard to try and achieve it, but sometimes things don't turn out how you had hoped. I will live and learn and definitely be a stronger person and athlete because of experiences like this. A big thank you to everyone who has sent me amazing messages of support, they all encourage me to work that extra bit harder for next time! Also a big thanks to New Balance and Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness who have both supported me for the last few years, I'm a very proud Team NB and SUAC member.

Thanks, A. xx

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(My thoughts and prayers are with those affected in the Boston Marathon. Such a horrific tragedy, and really puts personal challenges into perspective. I'm sure the running community will hold strong and support those who are really in need at this time.)

Perth Track Classic

Hello!

Just a quick one today to let you know about the Perth Track Classic this Saturday night. I am racing in the 400m which is on at 8.18pm (perth time) which is 11.18pm AEST. I'm very much looking forward to it and hopefully I can pull out a nice PB if everything goes to plan. 
To watch the race you have a few options!

Live Stream: http://www.athletics.com.au/home/competition/events/2013_perth_track_classic

TV: Channel 9 Sunday 17th March at 1pm.

Thanks for your support and I will update how you all with the results as quickly as I can!
Have a great weekend.
A. xx