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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my website. I sincerely appreciate the support you have shown and I hope that you enjoy what you read and see.
This website is designed to give you, my wonderful fans, a point of contact for all things Lauren Wells (nee Boden). You will be able to follow my movements, check results, and watch training/race videos. You will also gain a valuable insight into my thoughts, feelings and experiences during my many adventures throughout Australia and the world.
I very much look forward to sharing my journey with you and encourage you to come back and visit my website regularly. There is always a lot of things happening with me, so please keep checking back here to get the very latest details and updates.
Please enjoy looking through my website and all the very best!
Lauren xo :-)
I have been in Switzerland since Wednesday last week, staying just outside of Luzern. Matt (coach) has a friend, Sam, which lives in Emmen with his wife and daughter, and I have been enjoying some ‘family’ meals and a bit of ‘normal’ life this week. It has been refreshing to spend some time in a different place and I have seen some beautiful sights. Switzerland really is one of my favourite places to come and I’m sure you can see why, from the pictures below!
Sam and I went to Mount Rigi – ‘Queen of the Mountains – part of the Swiss Plateau. We caught a train most of the way up the mountain and then walked the rest of the way to the 1798m summit. The views were spectacular, even on an overcast day.
I am so thankful to Sam and his family for looking after me so well, especially as I prepare for my next race, in Luzern July 14th, before heading back to Cologne.
On Thursday July 9th I competed in my first 400H since arriving in Europe, finishing 3rd in the Lausanne Diamond League in 56.26. Whilst it technically wasn’t a Diamond League point-scoring event, the competition was tough but perfect for my first hit-out. I was in lane 1, which is always hard for a 400H event but I took on the challenge and was very happy with my result. Conditions were a bit tricky, with a swirly wind, but I focused on executing my stride pattern and running my own race.
The crowd was very vocal and it made for a great atmosphere in the stadium. Switzerland is such a beautiful place and I really enjoyed my short time in Lausanne.
Since my last post, where I had just competed in Japan, I have been back home in Canberra and getting stuck into training. I would have to say that it is probably the hardest training block I have ever done! I certainly feel like I am fit, fast, strong and very mentally prepared for the next two months. I am feeling very ready to get stuck into racing, especially after my 53.5ish 400m in Canberra 2wks ago, and also my 400H time trial (57.2ish) last weekend in the fog!
The weather in Canberra has been surprisingly good for winter, however I am definitely ready for some heat and sunshine! I am heading to Cologne, Germany for July to get some racing under my belt, before heading to Japan to meet up with MattyB and Mel. This is the 7th year I am heading to Europe/ overseas for a decent amount of time, and it really doesn’t get any easier to leave loved ones behind, especially as I am travelling on my own this year.
In August Matty, Mel and I will head into the Australian Team Camp for final World Championships preparations, before flying in to Beijing August 19th, ahead of my 400H Heats on the 23rd.
I will keep you as up-to-date as I can, with race results, photos, videos etc.
On Sunday May 10th I competed in the 400H at the Seiko Golden GP, Kawasaki, Japan. I won the event in a World Championships qualifying time of 56.19 to equal my season’s best that I ran at the Melbourne World Challenge Meet in March. My time is also my first qualifier for the 2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES! The qualifying period for RIO opened on May 1st 2015 so it was icing on the cake to have run that time now.
I am now heading back home and crossing my fingers that Canberra will put on a ‘warmer than usual’ Autumn/ Winter as I get stuck into some tough base training in preparation for World Championships. At this stage I will be home until the beginning of July and am currently working out my best plan of attack in terms of overseas competitions and where to get them – Australia/ Europe/ Asia.
This trip to Japan has been a good little post-Australian-season stimulus and now its time to get back to base training, knowing that I am in good shape now and that I can improve on various parts if my race.
I will put the race up on my ‘2015 Competition Footage’ page for you to have a look at!
It gives me great pleasure to announce that I am one of the AMBASSADORS for National Road Safety Week, which runs from May 3rd-10th across Australia. I have taken my ‘Share the Road’ pledge, which states:
“It doesn’t matter if I am driving a car, cycling, riding a motorcycle or walking – I will act responsibly and be courteous and respectful to other road users. I pledge to share the road”
Australian roads by numbers (annually on average):
$27 billion cost to the economy every year
Leading cause of death for 17-25 year olds
ACT roads by numbers (annually on average):
$224 million cost to ACT economy every year
Over a third of injuries are vulnerable road users – cyclists, pedestrians & motorcyclists
These statistics are shocking, but the biggest concern is that a large majority of these accidents, deaths and injuries could have been prevented through better planning, time management and generally more attention being paid to the road and other people using it.
We only get one life and it is precious – that is why I believe in living life to the absolute fullest and making the most of opportunities that come our way. That is also why I want to support such a worthy initiative, and am honoured to be an Ambassador for National Road Safety Week.
To check out some of the awesome ways Canberra is honouring National Road Safety Week please click here.
Thank you for reading about such a great cause.
On Sunday May 3rd I competed in the 31st Shizuoka International Meeting, winning the 400 Hurdles in 56.76. Just two days after arriving from Australia, I was reasonably happy with my run, although I may have been a little conservative in the first 200m. I finished the race strongly though and there was a bit of a cross/headwind at the top bend.
Regardless, I was happy and honoured to have won in Shizuoka and received a lovely trophy and bunch of flowers after the race. I am now spending the week at the National Training Centre in Tokyo, Japan. It is a world-class facility and I am looking forward to getting in some high quality training sessions before I compete again on Sunday May 10th.
Originally I was entered in the 400m for the Kawasaki Seiko Gold Grand Prix, however we discovered that there is a ‘National’ 400H race on and have been able to make the switch to my preferred event. Big thank you to JAAF for making that happen.
The video from Sunday’s race is available of my ‘2015 Competition Footage’ page.
I am very excited and honoured to announce that I will be a guest MODEL in FASHFEST 2015!
“First and foremost, FASHFEST is about the nation’s capital, and its talent. It’s the biggest annual fashion event held in Canberra.
FASHFEST, a stunning four-day fashion experience, shines the spotlight on the city of Canberra’s diverse local design talent. The 2015 event, to be held May 13 to May 16, extends its style platform for the first time to include interstate and international fashion designers.”
To read more about FASHFEST – in particular the four-day event program, background in which designers will be featured and to purchase tickets, please click here – FASHFEST 2015
Thank you to The Canberra Times for their article today, announcing all of the guest models for FASHFEST 2015. I know that we are all excited to be involved in Canberra’s biggest annual fashion event, even if it means swapping sports clothes for high heels and make-up! It might be slightly outside our comfort zone, but you can be assured we will give it our best and enjoy every moment of it!
To check out the article please click here – Canberra Times
Hope to see you at the National Convention Centre, May 13-16 supporting local talent!