208: Jess Stenson feat. catch up with Ben St. Lawrence

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208: Jess Stenson feat. catch up with Ben St. Lawrence.

Julian’s building momentum, splitting time on the treadmill and the trails. Brad comes off vaccination and wrestles with his watch for his workout of the week. Brady overcomes a midweek stomach bug to put in some marathon-specific work in.

This and the next few episodes are partnered with the Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival scheduled to run 15th December 2021. The boys preview as well as look back on their personal history with the event and give out advice for newcomers looking to take on the race.

Letesenbet Gidey smashes the Half Marathon World Record in her debut in Valencia, running well over a minute over the previous 62:51. Valencia Half Marathon Official Press Release https://www.runnerstribe.com/latest-news/gidey-smashes-world-half-marathon-record/

Burnie 10 taken out by Isaac Heyne, edging out Jack Bruce and Ryan Gregson in 29:24, and was also won by Caitlin Adams from Team Tempo ahead of Izzy Batt-Doyle & Milly Clark Burnie 10 Results https://www.instagram.com/p/CVZJHBxhzOv/

Bashir Abdi sets the European Marathon Record in 2:03:35 winning the Rotterdam Marathon, 11 weeks after winning Olympic Silver in Sapporo. Australian Reece Edwards placed 13th in a personal best time of 2:13:23. Results https://www.instagram.com/p/CVaG88ctN77/

Ben St. Lawrence pops in for a brief chat to fill the boys in on what he’s been up to during lockdown, his change in mental approach and what he makes of Gidey’s run over in Valencia, and his plans for the marathon and the year ahead How I'm getting more enjoyment from my running - Ben St. Lawrence, Strava

Listener question from Ben asks about mental mindset trying to set a 5k personal best, then Moose has been looking into equipment for cross training and back relief.

Jess Stenson returns after her stellar performance at the Perth Marathon, becoming the fourth fastest Australian woman of all time and fastest on Australian time in a time of 2:25:15. Jess starts the story from the last six months, in what was the then lead up to the Penrith marathon trial before injury struck and was forced to withdraw. After recovering from a few injuries and assessing some opportunities, Jess shares how the decision to race Perth came about and taking inspiration from the Tokyo Olympics. Jess shares with Brad and Julian the details of her training program in terms of loading, specificity and paces while combining with cross training to supplement her volume. After arriving in Perth and getting a lay of the course and expectations, Jess recaps the race and her pacing strategy with teammate Matt Clarke leading the way to 32km and responding to her intuition. Jess goes into her headspace for getting through the race, processing the race by feel and internal feedback over split times as well as dealing with moments where her quad tightened up mid-race.

Jess entertains the potential for future races and whether she goes for World Championships, what marathon she wants to take on next and how she’s getting used to the supershoes in her approach to training and racing whether it helps her injuries.

The conversation concludes with Jess explaining the concept of “Mum Strength”, tips for runners returning post-birth as well as balancing parenting and competing alongside husband Dylan and rounding out with plans for the summer. https://www.instagram.com/p/CVSD5YLB5Mb/

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