This month we talked to another British International athlete Adelle Tracey. Adelle has a personal best of 1.59 over 800m. In 2018, Adelle finished 4th in the European Championships over 800m, breaking the 2-minute barrier in the process. Adelle has also competed in the Commonwealth Games and World Championships. In 2012, Adelle was part of the 'Secret Seven' who lit the Olympic Flame at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. Read on to find out more about her daily life, training, and competitions.
Day in the Life:
8am: Wake up
Mon/Weds/Sunday 9am: Run
10am: Prehab in the gym
5pm: Prehab or Cross training
Tues/Thurs/Sat 10am: On the track or in the park doing interval reps or Tempo.
3.30pm: S&C in the gym
5.30pm: Double run
What I Eat in a Day
Breakfast: On session days I have a big bowl of oats with banana, berries, chia and flax and on running days granola and quark or peanut butter on a bagel. And coffee!
Post run or session: Protein Shake
Lunch: Normally eggs on toast with avocado or left overs from dinner.
Afternoon Snack: Banana on nut butter and rye or oat cakes with cottage cheese
Dinner: Three favorites are Thai Green curry with coconut rice, Pesto Gnocci with roasted veg & Quorn and Black bean burritos.
What is your running lowlight and how did you overcome it?
I have been lucky enough not to have been injured for a prolonged period of time. However I really struggled with my blood iron levels back in 2016 and its something I still have to work hard to maintain. It was the most fustrating year because I couldn’t pin point for a long time why I was under performing and when we did find out that I was anaemic it took a long time to get my iron levels back to a heathy level. I tried to stay positive during this time, maintaining fitness and doing a bit of work to distract myself and by the end of the year I managed a PB.
How do you minimise injury risk while training hard?
I am aware of my areas of weakness and work hard at my prehab (preventative rehab) 3 times a week and strength and conditioning work which I do twice a week. One thing I never stop doing even when I have a break from running is glutes and core strenghtening work.
What is your essential piece of running gear?
My bum bag! I am never without it. I love running and warming up with music so its super handy for holding my phone as well as keys and gym card.
Where is your favourite place to run?
I do most of my running in Bushy Park but I would say my favourite place to run is in a small town called Iten in Kenya. I have never been anywhere in the world where you can run so many routes from the door!
What is your favourite training session to complete?
I really like anything similar to racing where I can test how fast I can go. A 500m time trial or a split 800m (600m (30seconds rest) 200m). I also really like fast 200s (8 x 200m off 200m jog).
What running shoes do you wear most regularly, what do you like about them?
I wear a couple of different shoes for different things because of the way I move at different speeds but I do think it's also good to not get to used to a specific pair:
Longer runs: Nike Air Zoom Structure 22
Shorter & quicker runs: Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 Turbo
Park sessions or hills: Nike Air Zoom Elite 10
Longer Track: Nike Splats (Flats with spikes)
What is your best piece of running advice?
Enjoy the process and the results take care of themselves.