Meet fisiocrem sponsored athlete Jodie, who cherishes the freedom of running, along with making meaningful connections. Jodie deeply values a sense of family that her running groups offer the local community. 

As a running coach, Jodie sees her athletes’ accomplishments as her own. While embracing the high and lows, Jodie sets out a specialised path for each of her athletes.

Jodie’s biggest achievement came when she conquered the Bravehearts 777 Marathon event (7 marathons in 7 days, across 7 states) as a National Runner. Her goal was to support such an charity that offers support, guidance, and training to future generations of remarkable individuals.⁠ Jodie managed to hit her goals and cross the finish line alongside other extraordinary people.  Jodie believes that children deserve a normal childhood without fear or limitations, as so she decided to complete the Bravehearts 777 Marathon to give back. 

Jodie says, “I feel supported by so many family members and friends, but my biggest support comes from my Mother and Daughter.”

Jodie is preparing for this year’s fisiocrem GC30 and has incorporated a variety of terrains into her regime such as: flat surfaces, sandy trails, and uneven ground. She says, “the fisiocrem GC30 offers a beautiful and challenging experience, showcasing the stunning Gold Coast seaway and trails.”

She is also preparing herself for the GC Kokoda Youth Challenge 96km event in July. Jodie will also compete in the Trail Trips: Wild Earth Triple Crown later this year and will be representing fisiocrem in three events simultaneously and looks forward to planning her training schedule and embracing the increased trail running as part of this exciting journey.

JODIE’S TOP RECOVERY TIPS

Jodie’s top recovery tips are, “Consuming the right proteins, gentle stretching and elevating my legs to allow blood flow and mitigate swelling.” 

Meet fisiocrem sponsored athlete Amy, who loves to push her limits both physically and mentally. She finds herself seeking new challenges to grow in all aspects of her life.

Currently, Amy’s favourite activity is marathon running. She finds fulfillment in the challenge of completing a 42.2km race.  

In 2023, Amy’s main goal was to enhance her parkrun time and performance. Although she didn’t achieve all her goals, she gained valuable insights into the significance of consistency, patience, and resilience. Each race and training session provided new lessons about her capabilities, contributing to her growth as a stronger and more experienced runner.

Amy is registered for this year’s fisiocrem GC30 and attempting to complete the 15km race distance in May. She is also planning to pace the 2hr marker in the Sydney Marathon. To ensure her success, Amy’s training plan includes speed work, long runs, strength training, and sufficient rest.

She is also prioritising injury prevention and recovery to keep her body strong and healthy throughout 2024.

Amy’s most significant fitness accomplishment was qualifying for the Boston Marathon. This feat required eight months of focused training, discipline, and perseverance. She followed a structured training regimen, progressively increasing her mileage with specific speed workouts and long runs.  This assisted her mentally and physically for the race. Amy also achieved a time with a comfortable buffer that allowed her entry into the Boston Marathon the following year.

AMY’S TOP RECOVERY TIPS

Amy’s top recovery tips are, “Proper hydration, nutrition, sleep, and active recovery techniques such as foam rolling, stretching, and massages.” 

Meet fisiocrem sponsored athlete Challise, a mother of three and a swimming instructor on the Gold Coast. She finds joy in travelling to discover the wonders of the natural outdoors.

Challise’s preferred sport is long-distance running, but following a recent back injury, she has reintroduced swimming into her routine as a form of cross-training. Swimming helps her maintain cardiovascular fitness while alleviating pressure on her discs and vertebrae. Additionally, she enjoys paddle boarding and kayaking alongside her husband and children.

In 2023, Challise faced an exceptionally challenging year, enduring three severe injuries: a ruptured ankle, a broken elbow, and a ruptured UCL, along with severe kidney damage. Despite these setbacks, Challise remained resilient and aspired to complete several hiking trips around Tasmania. This included an 82-kilometre track ultra with her elbow immobilised in a brace. Throughout her recovery, she prioritised maintaining movement to nurture both her mental and physical well-being, ensuring a smooth return to activity when the time was right. She says, “I try to laugh and have a great time in whatever I’m doing.”

Challise eagerly anticipates 2024, as she plans to integrate swimming into her event schedule. By incorporating a variety of individual running, swimming, and aquathon events, she aims to diversify her training regimen. To avoid surgery for her back injury, Challise is diligently focusing on building stability. She has enlisted the help of a colleague for regular swim coaching and is making thoughtful decisions regarding her running training and event participation. Additionally, she is paying close attention to her nutrition to support her fitness goals.

Additionally, she has enlisted the help of a colleague for regular swim coaching and is making thoughtful decisions regarding her running training and event participation.

Challise says her biggest supporters are “My family, along with my eldest child who has a physical disability. I try to lead by example in every moment I have.”

CHALLISE’S TOP RECOVERY TIPS

Challise’s top recovery tips are “Listen to your body, challenge it appropriately, and nourish it with necessary rest and recovery.”

Meet fisiocrem sponsored athlete Sam, a dynamic 22-year-old track and field athlete. He’s always been involved in the sport ever since 2015 during the ‘Little Athletics’ tournament.

Sam has had a lifelong passion for racing, relishing in the thrill of speed and nurturing a love for running since early childhood. Each year he aims to gradually enhance his overall speed. He says “on a daily basis, I motivate myself in both personal and sport related challenges.”

In 2017, just two weeks before nationals, a hamstring injury set him back during the Noosa Gift. He was forced to remain on the sidelines, which affected him mentally. Bouncing back in 2021, Sam found his confidence and clocked a personal best time of 10.78 seconds in the 100m. He then went onto become the open men’s 200m champion and 6th Australian overall at nationals. 

Undeterred and driven, Sam has continued to make waves in the current season of 2023-2024, claiming top spots in several Queensland meets and achieving impressive times of 10.36 seconds and 20.92 seconds. With aspirations still high, Sam hopes to potentially represent Australia in the upcoming Olympics in Paris 2024.

Sam says his biggest supporter is ”My coach and training squad help me push my limits in each session, along with my training partner Charlie.”

SAM’S TOP RECOVERY TIPS

Sam’s top recovery tips are “Sleep. It’s important and trying to maintain 6-7 hours a night is crucial. Also, stretching and staying consistent with your training routines.” 

Meet fisiocrem sponsored athlete Bridgette, the ultimate South Australian Parkrun enthusiast who’s a busy mum and manages to get in her training each week.

Bridgette has a passion for running, regularly participating in Parkrun every Saturday and eagerly registering for various running events throughout the year in Australia.

In 2018, Bridgette successfully completed the New York Marathon. A passing conversation in January of that year with her cousin sparked the idea of running a marathon, and within three weeks, they both signed up for the event. Despite never having run farther than the 12km City 2 Bay event in Adelaide, Bridgette, who thrives on challenges, embraced the task. In May of the same year, she conquered her first half marathon, finding it incredibly challenging but relishing the sense of accomplishment at the finish line. Bridgette continued her training until late October when she travelled to New York to participate in the Marathon on November 4th, an experience she describes as the highlight of her running journey.

Having sustained a femur fracture in late 2021, Bridgette found solace in returning to regular running in 2023. Setting her goals early, she acknowledges that while she hasn’t fully regained her pre-injury performance, she has made substantial improvements following such a significant setback. Bridgette recognises the importance of consistency, prioritising both recovery time and exercise to achieve her objectives. She has also learned to be kind to herself, embracing the inevitable challenges on the journey and understanding that “bad” days are an integral part of the process.

In 2024, Bridgette aims to expand her distance running, aspiring to complete one or two additional half marathons. Additionally, she has set her sights on conquering an inaugural trail running event. Demonstrating dedication, Bridgette maintains consistency in her running routine while delving into more intensive strength training. Recognising the importance of holistic well-being, she allocates time for recovery, stretching, and overall self-care, prioritising the health of both her body and mind.

Bridgette’s biggest supporters are her two teenage sons. She says “My 15-year-old is excelling in his running and helps to keep me motivated for the next event. We often cross the finish line together to create a cherished memory.”

BRIDGETTE’S TOP RECOVERY TIPS

Bridgette’s top recovery tips are “Be kind to yourself, listen to your body and don’t feel bad for needing a rest.”

Meet Isaiah, a fisiocrem sponsored athlete who juggles the roles of a part-time triathlete, running vlogger, and a proud father of two children. His passion lies in running, triathlon, and overall fitness.

Running holds a special place as his preferred method of staying active, but he consistently incorporates biking and swimming into his routine to ensure he can sustain a decent level of performance in these two disciplines. He says, “There are so many different running trails here in Toowoomba.”

In 2014, Isaiah received a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. During his treatment, he was fortunate to sustain a decent level of fitness. Having just embarked on his triathlon journey before the diagnosis, he remained resolute in his determination to return to racing as swiftly as possible. He then embarked on an intensive six-month training regimen with his local Triathlon Club. He says, “My goal was to compete in the Hell Of The West Triathlon once I returned.”

This December, Isaiah had the fisiocrem GC50 Run Festival. It marked the longest-running event he had participated in to date. He diligently ensured that his training remained consistent and focused to guarantee his endurance throughout the race.

Isaiah’s wife and his two daughters provide him with unwavering support, consistently offering encouragement and cheering him on during race days. He says, “Between their encouragement and a group of great mates that are always keen to join me for a run, I’m always happy to be out racing.”

ISAIAH’S TOP RECOVERY TIPS

Isaiah says, “I love a long hot soak in a magnesium bath followed by some massage with a foam roller, massage gun and lacrosse ball. So I can stay warm and recover quickly.”

"Being out training and competing always brings me joy."

Introducing fisiocrem sponsored athlete Maddi, an all-round athlete who enjoys competing in multiple fitness challenges, including HYROX (Hybrid fitness racing). 

Maddi’s favourite activity will always be running, a pursuit she consistently returns to. However, she has fallen into the world of HYROX – which still encourages her to maintain her base running while also focusing a bit more on the strength components of training. She says, “it still encourages me to keep up my base running.”

When looking at her accomplishments, Maddi mentioned that her top two achievements so far are the 2022 Surf Coast Century 50km and the 2023 Sydney HYROX. These achievements stand out for their distinct nature. The Ultra involves extended time on her feet and testing physical endurance, while HYROX presents a comprehensive full-body challenge. Maddi believes that for both of those accomplishments, her approach was quite similar, focusing on dedicating time to her legs and body, getting acquainted with the demands on her physique, and maintaining a consistent training routine.

After a year of intense running, Maddi made the decision to scale down her running activities and introduce some HYROX events into her training regimen. Maddi stated, “I knew I was going to reduce my running distance and alter my training in 2023.” She is gearing up for an ambitious 2024, adding even more HYROX events into the mix.

Maddi’s biggest supporter is her partner, Jarryd. She says “As parents, it’s always been a bit of a juggling act with the kids. Family time is really important to us, but so is taking time for ourselves to do what we love. I definitely wouldn’t be able to do what I do without him!”. Whenever Maddi is at the gym or out on the trails, her partner is either taking care of the children or standing at the finish line, offering enthusiastic support. On days when she lacks motivation to lace up her running shoes, he encourages her by emphasising the post-run satisfaction. Maddi acknowledges that she couldn’t achieve her goals without his unwavering support and encouragement. Maddi firmly believes that there’s nothing more gratifying or inspiring than witnessing someone achieve a goal they’ve diligently pursued.

MADDI’S TOP RECOVERY TIPS

Maddi’s foremost advice on recovery is to heed your body’s signals. She says, “You know your body better than anyone else and it will tell you when it needs a little bit more TLC.”

"Witnessing someone achieve a goal is truly satisfying."

Introducing fisiocrem sponsored athlete Kirsty, a dedicated mother of two, juggling a demanding full-time job in the railway sector alongside her pursuit of a Master’s degree in business.

At the moment, Kirsty’s favorite sport is trail running, and she cherishes the freedom that comes with exploring forested trails, far from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. Another passion of hers is the running community; she finds immense inspiration from the incredibly motivating individuals within it, particularly her fellow trail running companions and the esteemed members of the purple army. Kirsty also revels in pushing her limits, having completed two ultra trails (50km and 60km) and harboring a strong desire to achieve even more. She’s set to tackle a 50km run in October and aspires to make 2024 the year of her first 100km race.

One could say Kirsty’s most significant fitness achievement is discovering an activity she loves. Although she was always active and engaged in sports like soccer and softball while growing up, her athletic pursuits came to a halt during her first pregnancy when she grappled with post-natal depression. Seeking natural remedies for her condition, Kirsty took inspiration from her sister, who was deeply involved in running. She began her journey with road running and, after a few years, transitioned to trail running. Since then, she hasn’t looked back, as her entire being comes alive while navigating the trails. Over the past couple of years, Kirsty has also placed significant emphasis on her diet and internal healing, recognizing the transformative power of combining physical training with a healthy diet.

To navigate her fitness journey, Kirsty has enlisted the support of an exceptional online coach (@run_coaching on Instagram), Matt, who has crafted a program tailored to her lifestyle. This program incorporates elements such as strength training, stretching, and rest days, all to complement her running. Despite the challenges of being a full-time working mother and a university student pursuing her Master’s degree, Kirsty acknowledges that her plan doesn’t always unfold as expected. However, she firmly believes that by consistently prioritizing strength and stretching, she can at least make it to the starting line and ultimately cross the finish line, no matter the hurdles.

Kirsty finds her children to be a driving force, motivating her to continuously push her boundaries and demonstrate that any goal is attainable with determination, regardless of how unconventional it may seem to others. She also draws inspiration from skeptics who doubt her capabilities, viewing their skepticism as additional fuel to dream even bigger and set increasingly ambitious. 

KIRSTY’S TOP RECOVERY TIPS

Kirsty’s mantra revolves around the importance of consistently tending to the small things in her fitness journey: mobility, strength training, stretching, foam rolling, maintaining a balanced diet, and relying on products like fisiocrem—she embraces these practices unwaveringly.

"My whole soul comes alive after a day of chasing trails."

Meet fisiocrem sponsored athlete Debbie, our 54-year-old sponsored running enthusiast. Debbie loves to “mix it up” with trails and road runs, along with the occasional cycle.

Debbie’s favourite activity will always be trail running. She pushes her limits and has a good routine in place to conquer her goals. She says, “To achieve something greater than the normal person means everything to me.”

Debbie has just finished training for Trail Trips Coastal High 50km earlier this Month. It’s been a long and tough road back for her, since undergoing major hip/glute surgery in October last year. Debbie says, “I’m ready to build up my km’s again by increasing my strength work at gym.” 

When asked about who supports and motivates her Debbie says, “I am supported by my family and good friends but at the end of the day, it’s just me and I do these crazy adventures to see what I am capable of achieving.”

“I am motivated by many people around me, those who run, cycle and those who can’t. We have one life, and you need to do whatever you can in the time we have to enjoy it.”

Reflecting on her fitness journey, Debbie’s most significant achievement thus far has been completing a 100-miler race a few years ago.

She explains that she dedicated this race for Matt, her brother-in-law who sadly passed away 3 weeks prior. “I was so determined and was not going to quit; it was all for Matt.”

Debbie also completed the Scenic Rim event back in August, she achieved 105km. She describes it as ” Amazing, Muddy and Wet”. Despite the obstacles in her way, never giving up was the key!

DEBBIE’S TOP RECOVERY TIPS

Debbie says, ‘‘We are all different and need to learn our limitations. If you push your limits, you need to recover the right way with sleep, food and post stretching.”

"To achieve something greater than the normal person means everything to me."

Meet fisiocrem sponsored athlete Vicky. An amazing and inspiring mom of three, who also happens to be a successful
entrepreneur running her own business from home. Vicky started her own business 11 years ago, and now works alongside her husband.

This fitness enthusiast enjoys taking on challenges such as the 1-minute burpee challenge (with a personal record of 44 in a minute) and a 100-pushup-per-day challenge with her Keilor Running Club crew to help support mental health. Vicky also also enjoys walking and running with her dog Pippa to keep things fun and interesting.

Vicky is a fitness enthusiast who discovered the high-intensity interval training workout called HIIT STEP a few years ago at her local gym, The Fit Station. She describes how this workout pushes her to her absolute maximum, getting her heart rate up and helping her improve her running ability. HIIT Training has become an essential part of her training routine, and she loves the challenge it brings every time she steps onto the mat.

In October 2016, Vicky began her fitness journey as a way to take some time for herself after having three kids and joined a six-week challenge at her local gym that included a 300m run time test, which sparked her running journey and she still takes on challenges at the gym to stay motivated. Vicky says, ”Finding the right environment that suits you, your family, your schedule, makes all the difference to keep it up & continue the journey. Still to this day, l do like to take on challenges at my gym, just to keep me on track.”

Vicky’s biggest goal is to keep doing what she loves with inspiring friends and continue challenging herself to be the best version of herself, which includes maintaining her fitness and health through running, a challenging pursuit that she hopes will enable her to achieve many other goals in the future, such as potentially participating in the Melbourne Marathon this year.

Vicky credits her running success to the incredible support and encouragement she receives from her running community, the Keilor Running Club. This club’s inclusive environment is what makes it so special to her, as it motivates and inspires every member regardless of their skill level or pace. She feels incredibly grateful to have found her tribe, as they constantly push her to be a better version of herself.

Vicky’s family is also a major support system for her, as they help her juggle her busy schedule and participate in various sports and activities. She emphasizes the importance of self-love and taking care of oneself not only for oneself but also for those they love. Her husband is also an active and fitness-oriented individual, and together they are able to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle that benefits the entire family.

Her biggest weakness when it comes to running is the “runner’s gut,” which is a constant battle for her. As someone who runs approximately four times a week, it can be challenging to eat the right foods since the next day is a run day. However, she finds comfort in discussing it with close friends who are also runners and realizing that she is not alone in this struggle. To ensure that she can manage this issue, she always makes sure to run in areas where there are nearby toilets, and when registering for runs, she plans ahead and checks the map for the location of restrooms.

VICKY’S TOP RECOVERY TIPS

After a long run, Vicky says, ‘‘l love to take a long warm Epsom salts bath for at least 45 minutes, with a few stretches in the bath, it totally puts my body in relaxation mode.’’

”In October 2016, l started my fitness journey, it was time to give back to myself, for myself.”

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