BODY LEADER OF THE MONTH - CONGRATULATIONS MANDY-LEE!
Between studying and raising four kids, it's surprising that our May Body Leader of the Month has time for anything else. But ultra-marathon runner Mandy-Lee is proof that with dedication and passion you can achieve your goals. After training hard she has been selected for the Australian team heading to Wales in July for the IAU Trail World Championships. We recently caught up with Mandy to discuss what she does as a body leader.
Q1. What inspired you to initially start looking after your body?
When I had my children it gave me a new perspective on life and respect for my body. I became keenly aware that my choices would inform my children’s health decisions. I needed to find a physical activity that was enjoyable, affordable and accessible. What I discovered was a passion for trail running.
Q2. What do you currently do to look after your body?
Eat well, train sensibly, and rest optimally… Repeat.
Q3. What motivates you to continue being proactive with your body?
Being fit and healthy is its own reward. The better I eat and look after my body, the better I feel and the more I enjoy my training… The stronger my body is, the clearer my mind is and the better equipped I am to deal with the other aspects of my life.
Q4. What is your favourite form of exercise?
Trail running… Brisbane is full of conservation parks in the suburbs with “runnable” trails. I have raced on some of the most beautiful trails in Australia but on every trail it is the natural scenery that makes the run.
Q5. What is your top health tip?
Eat for adaptation not just recovery.
Q6. How do you know when your body is asking for help?
I do not run with pain or discomfort ever. If something does not feel right I seek professional advice before I continue.
Q7. What strategies do you find work best for you?
I focus on physical adaptation from training and injury prevention. To achieve this I follow a nutritious wholefood diet, receive physiotherapy, do strengthening exercises and ice to recover. Although I am currently training for the World Trail Championships, these strategies would help anyone to get the most from their training.
Q8. What is your greatest physical achievement?
100Km of beautiful trails in 10hrs52min.
Q9. What is your goal for the future of your body?
My current goal is to improve my running efficiency. To achieve this I have been working with the Body Leadership team on my running form and training recovery.
Q10. What is your definition of a Body Leader?
A Body Leader inspires others to discover their own physical potential.
We’d like to thank Mandy for providing an insight into what she does as a body leader. If you would like to support Mandy’s journey BTR is hosting a fundraising afternoon to cover Mandy’s racing expenses so she can concentrate on her training and show the world what Australian women can bring to the world trail running scene. Additional funds raised from the raffles and auctions will help grow the sport in Brisbane, through future BTR adventures. More details here.