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.