Consultant, Mum & 3 time Olympic Athlete.
Ok, your #LifeInBag flat lay exposé*. In 1 sentence, please explain.The usual phone, keys, wallet and spare Steigen socks however, being a mum I don’t go anywhere without wipes and a tube of apple puree, which comes in handy even without a toddler in tow if I’m needing a quick post training run pep up snack on the drive home.
Sparro is a testament to high flying females known for their love and dedication to work, and working out. But also…to the one who may have been known to arrive at the gym with her top on inside-out (or backwards – sometimes both). Sound familiar?For the occasional lunch time run I’ve been known to forget my towel and had to dry myself off with paper towels. Not great for the environment so I now tuck a chamois swimming towel in my carry all!
We love working out for many reasons, but mostly because a solid sweat gets us offline, sharpens our focus and gives us the confidence and energy to smash some serious life goals. Tell us about your current targets (career, life or otherwise).We’ve had a huge few years running Houston, Rio, London, Chicago and winning Silver at the Commonwealth Games. It’s been nice to focus on a few career and life goals for a few months post Games, but we are eager to tackle the next major running target. I’m fortunate to have been invited to the elite field at the TCS New York City marathon this year and I cannot wait! Let’s just say it’s going to be Big!
The daily workout. AM, PM or somewhere in between?
PM weekdays, AM weekends. My husband and I work and then we work out for a few hours most days mid week. We don’t return home from a huge day until 8pm. It’s no easy feat in Winter, but if you want to achieve something extraordinary you have to do things that others find extraordinary.
Your #LifeInBag breakfast of champions looks like …
A bowl of muesli, fruit and yoghurt and a coffee.
Canned tuna for lunch on the go. Legendary, or LEAVE IT BEHIND?Leave it behind. I’m a vegemite and cheese girl!
Seriously smart, understated, Scandi-style design gets our wings flapping. What destination, space or event has recently inspired you?
Immediately after my Commonwealth Games performance this year Lachlan found a YouTube replay of Lisa Ondieki, my running idol, winning New York City marathon in 1992. Lisa and I share the same name and have the same amazing coach, Dr Richard Telford. I draw from her training and racing achievements when planning and goal setting. Most importantly, when I need to find a bit more in a race it is nice to think of those who have paved the way for Australian women to be extraordinary!
Sparro Says: You can find the You Tube clip of Lisa Ondieki's stunning victory here. She crosses the line at 1:44.25 mark of the video.
Any amazing products, brands or things you’re loving because they ‘ease the load’, minimised tailspins or saved you from ye old form-function compromise?
Victorian Institute of Sport & GU energy gels energy gels - I wouldn’t make it to the finish line without them.
The Muesli Sugar Free.
...but the number one thing that keeps me at the top of my game is good old fashioned fruit and vegetables. I really feel it in training if I haven’t kept up my intake.
Simple words of wisdom to other Sparro fans looking to mirror your success?
Two things that have carried me on my journey to date:
1. Nothing beats persistence. There’s been countless set backs, injuries and very little finance available to maintain an elite running career. Despite that I’ve never given up on my dreams and I’ve kept persisting. If I’d given up I’d never be a 3 time Olympian or a 2 time Commonwealth medalist.
2. Family is everything. Take care of each other and take time to build an nurture your family while you endeavour to achieve personal best. My family is everything and without them the achievements would be worthless.
Finally, where can we find you for more High Flyer tips, tricks & all round #InSparro?You can find me on: