fisiocrem takes five with… Challise

What is your greatest sporting achievement?

Completing my 3rd marathon – I was awaiting surgery for a suspected cancerous thyroid tumour (fortunately was benign) but had come down with a severe respiratory virus for the week prior and then a stomach bug 36hrs before the event – couldn’t hold down anything other than a cup of dry pasta, water and immodium – and only finished 10 minutes outside of my goal time. I was very proud of myself for not only turning up, but getting it done!

When was the first time that you realised that your sport was becoming your passion?

I started running in February 2017 after simply feeling compelled to go for a run out of the blue (I had never enjoyed or had any inclination to participate in any running activities whatsoever). 9 weeks later I completed my first half marathon, then 3 more, and then my first full marathon just 5 months after that. Running has become such a passion and has had an incredibly positive impact on all aspects of my life.

What is your favourite part of competing?

I love the camaraderie on course. I have a fabulous group of other mums who I frequent events with but I also really enjoy the interaction with the volunteers and the other runners on course, particularly in the marathons when a lot of the shorter distance events have finished and the numbers are starting to dwindle, giving and getting those high 5s and those shouts of ‘nearly there’ and ‘you got this’ – you really get to experience the magic of the running community.

What does a standard days training consist of?

I mostly run every second day and cross-train with stationary cycling and strength training in between. When I’m training for an event I will often run more, but generally during a standard week I will factor in a fast 5km, a moderate 10km, a second mid-distance anywhere between 7 and 15km and a long run on the weekend depending on the event, anywhere up to 50km.

What is the most important aspect of your training?

Listening to my body – particularly with respect to injury. I’ve made the mistake numerous times of not resting adequately and have consequently ended up having to take time off and spend a small fortune of physio

What does a standard post-event recovering consist of?

My recovery consists of increased fluids, really vigorous foam rolling, compression socks, stretching and getting fisiocrem into my hamstrings which get incredibly tight but really respond well to this combined approach. I also sneak a wine or two in there as well.

What is your ultimate sporting goal?

My current goal is to complete the RiverRun100 Ultramarathon as an individual runner in September. I would also love to complete UTA in the future as I think the cold weather and trail conditions would really challenge someone like myself from sunny Queensland.

Who is your sporting idol and why?

Turia Pitt and Kurt Fearnley. Their determination and phenomenal resilience not just in sport but in their approaches to life and in overcoming such adversity – they are absolutely awe-inspiring.

What advice would you give to someone that is interested in taking up your sport?

The first step is always the hardest – you just have to take it.

What is the biggest challenge you face when competing?

My competition challenges can vary depending on what my broader life challenges are at the time – for example, I have 3 children, I might have been up with the youngest one and not had much sleep. My training may have been inconsistent due to illness, injury or availability due to work and family commitments. Ultimately, these factors then become prime opportunities to create excuses in the mind, and then the mind becomes the biggest challenge to overcome.

What’s your favourite thing about fisiocrem (‘that it’s free’ is not the correct answer!)?

I’m always very conscious of ingredient lists, and with other relief products I have used I have always had concerns about what chemicals I’m forcing my body to absorb. I love that fisiocrem is made from plant-based active ingredients that have been tried and tested for their efficacy over time.

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