Weightman Wins Commonwealth Bronze!
Australian runner and ASCEND Believer, Lisa Weightman, has won a bronze medal in the marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. In searing heat and extremely tough conditions, Weightman has held onto third place in a time of 2:35:25 behind Kenyans Kosgei (Gold) and Mogake (Silver). The run tops off an amazing six months for Weightman, who won the Nagano Marathon in Japan in April. “It all feels almost a bit like a dream” she says of her amazing achievement.
“I just wanted to win a medal, more than anything” said Lisa after the race. Despite sitting in the front pack of runners for most of the 42.195 km, Lisa had to fight hard for third place. “I didn’t really think at any stage that I had it in the bag… It was definitely the toughest thing I’ve ever done, that last lap, the final 2 kilometres.”
Lisa found the conditions in Delhi to be even more difficult then when she ran the marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “It was a lot tougher than how I visualised in my head” she says. “The pollution was really hard. It was quite difficult at the drinks stations to get the water in and breathe.”
Lisa is now back in Melbourne and back at work, enjoying only a brief rest from her intensive training programme. “I am having 2 weeks off since the moment I crossed the finish line. My training partner, Lachlan, is recovering from Osteitis Pubis so we should be back on the track together!”
Lisa now has her eyes fixed firmly on the next 12 months and getting some mileage in on the international marathon scene. She plans to run in either the Paris or London marathon in April 2011 and beat her Nagano time of 2:28:48. “I think I’m in better shape than at Nagano…I want to try and get another three minutes on that time,” she says. Lisa then plans to run in the New York or Chicago marathon in the latter part of the year, as well as finding time for some local Australian racing across the shorter distances on track and road.
And the ultimate goal? To qualify for and then finish in the top ten at the London Olympics in 2012. ASCEND Proven Sports Proteins will be behind her all the way as she strives for Olympic glory
“ASCEND has supported and believed in me from when I started my quest to make my marathon debut,” says Lisa. “My relationship with ASCEND is very personal, the team are like family! The ASCEND Recovery products are keeping me injury free and training hard!”
As part of her training, Lisa has used ASCEND Proven Sports Proteins since 2007. “I use ASCEND Elite Recovery 4 times a week, immediately after my 3 sessions and after the long run on Sunday,” she says. “This has had a significant impact on my performance as I am getting that boost of natural protein that the body needs to recover from hard training”.
Read more about Lisa Weightman here
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