Just a brief update on what I have coming up over the next month…
Since Nationals I have been training well and working towards a couple of races coming up in Japan. I have always loved racing in Japan and when I was accepted into a couple of meets, I couldn’t say no!
On April 30th I will leave Canberra with MattyB and Mel Breen, where I will be competing in the 31st Shizuoka International Meet in the 400H. It is a great track and generally has great conditions for running fast in there! I will then spend the week training and prepare for the IAAF Seiko Golden Grand Prix which is held in Kawasaki. I will be running in the flat 400m there, which should be interesting! I certainly won’t be going in as one of the fastest, and not being my ‘pet’ event means there is less pressure on me and I can just run and enjoy it (as much as you can enjoy a 400m I guess!). I know the track in Kawasaki is fast so I am excited to see how well I run.
I am aiming to run SB’s (season’s bests’) in both of my races, and judging by my 90% good run at Nationals, I know I am capable of running fast if I put my race together 100%.
Looking forward to running in some quality competitions before returning to Canberra and knuckling down to some hard training in preparation for the Beijing World Champs!!
The 93rd Australian National Athletics Championships were held in Brisbane March 26th-29th, where I won the Women’s 400 Hurdles in 56.51. In winning this race, I became the ‘most successful domestic female 400m hurdler’, surpassing Debbie Flintoff-King, by winning my 8th NATIONAL TITLE!!!
My race was going according to plan, until the dreaded 10th and final hurdle, where I added in an extra step at the last second, completely losing my balance and nearly face-planting as a result!! I remember thinking “this is not happening, you just need to stay on your feet and get to that finish line. World Champs depends on it!!” Thankfully, my body agreed with my brain and I was able to get to the finish line in a rather solid time, all things considering!
I am a perfectionist and I set myself high goals, so I was frustrated and disappointed that my race wasn’t executed better, as I know I would have run a season’s best time and more than likely dipped under 56sec. On the flip side, I ‘got the job done’ and in winning the race, secured my selection for World Championships, which of course, I am very excited about!
Check out the race on my ‘2015 Competition Footage’ page and also my ‘2015 blog’ for some insight into the race and my thoughts after it!
On Saturday March 21st I competed in the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge 400H, which also doubled as the ‘Final’ of the Australian Athletics Tour. I won the event in 56.19, which is a seasons best and a QUALIFIER FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!!! Not without drama of course, but finally I’ve dipped below the standard for Beijing 2015 (56.20) after consistently running around that time for most of the season.
American Cassandra Tate ran much better than in Sydney last weekend; we were together for nearly 300m of the race and I was able to take advantage of the inside lane and move ahead in the final 100m. Having her on my shoulder certainly pushed me all the way to the end and when I crossed the line, the clock said 56.27. Initially I was of course disappointed to miss the WCQ again (0.07s off) but was happy with my race execution in tricky conditions and of course happy with the win. As I was waiting for my post-race interview on the track, I looked back at the results board and my time read 56.19 – to which I informed the crowd, was indeed a qualifier for World Champs!
I must admit, I have never seen a time round down by 0.08s but of course I will take it! It is certainly a relief to have officially run the qualifying time now, and I know that I can go a lot faster than that in more favourable conditions. Melbourne produced a blustery but warm afternoon for competition so I was really proud of the way I adapted out on the track and put together a solid race.
On to 93rd Australian National Championships next weekend!
Lauren xo :-)
On Saturday March 14th I competed in the 400H at the Sydney Track Classic, winning in a time of 56.34, only 0.14s off the World Champs qualifying time! I am very thankful to Athletics Australia, for bringing Cassandra Tate (USA) out for 2wks and for adding a 400H to the program in Sydney. Having Tate in the race really pushed me to a good time and added a sense of mystery to the event, seeing as she hasn’t run a 400H for nearly 6mths!
The conditions in Sydney were exactly what I prefer for a 400H race and I was happy I was able to put a solid race together. I haven’t raced for a couple of weeks so it was nice to be back out there and see where I am at. I am confident that I will be able to run faster again in the weeks to come and I also know that Cassandra will run faster next weekend in Melbourne, after she has spent a week adjusting to Australian time and weather!
To watch the video check out ‘2015 Race Footage’ and also have a read of my ‘2015 Blog’ if you’d like a more in-depth view of my thoughts on the race!
On Friday February 20th I competed in the 400H at the ACT State Championships, winning the title in a time of 56.51. I was very happy with this time improvement from my race in Perth last weekend and was only 0.31s off the World Championships qualifying time of 56.20. It was a very solid race, the conditions were quite good and I was very happy with the performance overall.
On Saturday I backed-up and competed in the 400m flat, also winning the ACT State title in 53.42; my fastest time in Australia and third-fastest of my career. It was nice to run a strong race without the hurdles and it fills me with confidence that my training is heading in the right direction and that once I get some good conditions, competition and put a race together, my 400H times will start coming down too.
I am very pleased with my weekend of racing and am looking forward to a 3wk training block now before the last three BIG meets of the season roll around!
On Saturday February 14th I competed in the 400H at the Jandakot City Track Classic, winning the event in 57.60. The conditions for the meet were very unusual for Perth – cool and blustery. I was very disappointed with my time and feel that it does not reflect where I am at, but at the same time, the conditions were very difficult for circular racing.
I enjoyed my week in Perth prior to the Track Classic and am now heading home in preparation for the ACT State Championships in which I am running the 400H on Friday night and the 400m flat on Saturday.
Check out my ‘2015 Blog’ page for more information on my competition in Perth and you can also watch my race on ‘2015 Race Footage’ page.
On Saturday February 7th I competed on my home track, in the Canberra Track Classic 400H, taking victory in 56.21.
I am very happy with my run, however, and I will post the race footage as soon as I can on my ‘2015 Competitions’ page. Check out my ‘2015 Blog’ for further insight into my race and how I felt about it.
Thank you to all of the people who came out to support and cheer on Saturday, particularly my family and friends – you were all amazing and I really appreciate it!!
On Sunday January 25th I competed in the Briggs Athletics Classic W400H, winning the event in a time of 56.74.
Hobart put on some blustery, cool and at times, wet conditions for the competition but I didn’t let that stop me from running the best race I could. I altered my stride pattern to ideally suit the conditions and it worked really well. I was very happy to run sub-57sec for my second race of the season, particularly in tricky conditions.
I’ve now had a great week of training since returning to Canberra from Hobart, and am really looking forward to my next 400H race at the Canberra Track Classic on Saturday February 7th!
Check out the video of my race on my ‘2015 Competition Footage’ page and also have a read of my ‘blog’ to get some insight into my thoughts about the race.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed a safe, happy and healthy festive break, and that you are all feeling ready for a BIG 2015!!
I’m sorry I haven’t posted on here for a while – not much to update except that once I returned home from Glasgow Comm Games, I got straight back into training so that I can give myself the best chance of having a fantastic 2015! I did compete in Morocco in the Continental Cup, but lets just say that my results showed that I had only been back training 3wks after a 2wk break!
I have been doing a lot of aerobic and speed training on the track as well as strength in the gym. I have been achieving training PB’s both in the gym and on the track, therefore I am feeling very positive and excited for the Australian season ahead. I am planning to kick off my season in Hobart on January 25th at the Briggs Track Classic. It will most likely be my first 400H hit out and I am really looking forward to seeing the hard work pay off!
Now that 2015 is here and the Australian season is about to begin, I will certainly be more active in posting race results/ videos/ pictures etc so please stick around and enjoy reading/ watching how the year unfolds!
Lauren :-) xo
On Thursday night I competed in the Women’s 400H FINAL at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. I finished 4th in a time of 56.09, on a very wet night at Hampden Park. The result is bittersweet – Finishing 4th again, after being 4th in Delhi, is quite heartbreaking; I wanted a medal so badly and really believed it was time. On the other hand, I stuck to my race plan, executed it and put myself in the race, and on the day, was beaten by three faster girls.
I am really proud of what I have achieved, along with my amazing coach Matt Beckenham. I really felt like I’d left no stone unturned, which is why it hurt so much, but that is athletics and that’s what drives us to keep on keeping on! The depth of women’s 400H across the Commonwealth has certainly increased, so 4th in such a high quality field is something to be proud of.
I am very happy to announce that I have been selected to run in the Women’s 4x400m Relay FINAL tonight 750pm local time (450am AEST)! The girls did a fantastic job yesterday to make the final, and I am looking forward to joining Anneliese Rubie, Caitlin Sargent and Morgan Mitchell out in the Green and Gold tonight! I know we are going to give it our absolute best, and represent Lyndsay Pekin and Jess Gulli, who helped get the team into the final, to the absolute best of our ability.
Final day of athletics at the Commonwealth Games, so I hope you’ve got one last lot of loud cheering left in you, to help get us across that line!