Ever wanted to run 10km, a half marathon, or even an ultra-marathon?
Meet Bec Wilcock, an Aussie that has dedicated her time to training for triathlons, marathons and ultra-marathons, and most recently, the revered and absolutely insane Barkley 100 in Tennessee. So to say that Bec knows a little bit about lacing up a pair of sneakers and hitting the pavement would be an understatement. I chatted to Bec about life – how to tackle a 10km race best and grabbed some tips on how to run a half marathon.
What does your morning routine look like?
I wake up at 4:30am with a warm shower, a glass of hot water with lemon and green juice. Then, I head to teach an NTC session or go to 98 Riley Street Gym to train my clients. My real breakfast is mid-morning, around 9am, and my own training doesn’t start until 10am.
How many times a week do you train?
I train 7 times a week across a variety of activities.
What types of training do you do?
I currently do 3 runs per week (speed, tempo, and a long run), 2x weights sessions, a yoga session, and a “play” session (surf or a beach activity). My play session is just as important as my long run…so important for mental stamina. I strongly advise it!
Can you share your favourite smoothie recipe with us?
Acai, banana, blueberry, plant protein, almond butter, maca, L-Glutamine, cinnamon, flax oil, vitamin B12, & coconut water. It’s a must try!
What famous quote do you live by?
To live with purpose. To say the courageous thing. To celebrate the simple gift. To follow your dreams. This is a happy life.
What advice would you give someone who is going to run their first 10km
- Find a well-structured program that suits you and you know you’ll stick to.
- Be patient with yourself and appreciate progress you make.
- Make it fun! Training in a group (like at NTC) or with a friend is incredibly motivating.
What helps keep you motivated?
I stay motivated by not getting bored with my training. I know why I do every session and I reward my body with rest and nutritious meals when it’s been working hard!
What are your top 3 tips for preparing for a half marathon?
- Assess where you’re currently at; have you completed a 10km run?
- Find a program that suits you and caters to your level of experience. The Nike Half Marathon Training program is designed to increase your speed, strength, and endurance over time.
- Trust the process and enjoy the growth :).
Do you have rest days? If so what do you do on those days?
Of course! Rest days are just as important as your hardest training days. I normally go surfing, have coffee with friends, and enjoy a good sleep-in!
What piece of clothing is critical when going to run a half marathon?
The right shoes are so important, as they’ll be your main support. Look for something like the Nike Free Run Flyknit – it adjusts to each step you take, and are designed to make running long distances a breeze!
Follow Bec on Instagram: @becwilcock
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