will be representing Australia on the Saturday the 8th of September in the World Long Course Mountain Running Championships.
She has come 3rd, and 5th before in the World Long Course Mountain Running Championships. Our Australian Female team came 2nd behind Russia.
She is flying to Switzerland to give the World Champs another shot. Angela Bateup has represented Australia since she was 16. Now in her 40s she is proving that you can still preform at your peak not matter what your age is. She has just broke The North Face 100km team record with team mate Ewan Horsburgh with a blistering time of 10:28:46. Two weeks later she won the inaugural Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon, running past me on the way up to the tunnel at the 11km mark. She is now setting her sites on Europe. She is in fantastic form and she has taken some time out of her busy schedule to chat to me.
Shona: Angela, Well done again in TNF and GWTM. You are in amazing form, you just have so much strength when you are climbing. You flew past me on the way up to the Glow Worm Tunnel at GWTM. How is it that you are such an amazing climber when you live at Yass which is pretty flat?
Angela: I guess this is a combination of factors, coming from an 800m, 1500m background I have always been a physically strong run. My training runs around Yass are not mountainous, however, most runs have continuous rolling hills. Closer to major events I do a few long runs in the Brindabella ranges in Canberra. These runs provide longer and more challenging climbs.
Shona:What is your favourite training session that helps you prepare for the climbs? Are you on a treadmill? Bike?
Angela: I would say long hill repetitions on my mountain bike, sometimes I alternate a bike effort with a running effort.
Shona: Do you cross train?
Angela :The only cross training I do is on the Mountain Bike. I try to ride at least once a week.
Shona:Seeing that you are heading to Switzerland to run a full marathon at the World Long Course Mountain Running Championships, starting at an elevation of 566m and finishing at 2205m at the end of a marathon, what specialist training will you be doing to help you cope with the sudden change in altitude? Are you using an altitude training techniques like a sleeping mask? Or any altitude training techniques?
Angela: I have done some reading on this and my plan is to acclimatise slowly. My first few training runs will be at lower altitude and I will gradually increase the altitude. I plan to stay in a small village that is already at 1400m, so this will help as well.
Shona: What mind games do you play with yourself when you are climbing for so long? You must be hurting like hell, what keeps you pushing onwards and upwards?
Angela: Like everyone I just like to get to the top as quick as I can. I love new climbs as I can’t wait to see what’s on the other side or the amazing view. Running mountain races in other countries gives you the most amazing opportunity to explore the country side and see some spectacular scenery. When I’m hurting I often think of my children and imagine them willing me on.
Shona: Why do you like competing in the Mountain Running Races so much? Why are they your favourite events to run in?
Angela: I enjoy many aspects of both trail and mountain running. Exploring beautiful countryside is high on my list. I find fellow competitors to be relaxed and supportive. The challenge is more about you and the mountain, rather than other competitors. I like the mental toughness involved, the fight with the inner voice telling you to stop and walk. I also enjoy the fitness that comes with constant hill training, it makes you strong.
Shona: How do you keep your drive alive? You have been so completive for so long, how do you keep improving for athletic performance and stopping us new runners from beating you?
Angela: I don’t really worry about other runners beating me, the challenge for me is to always finish a race feeling happy with my effort. I love racing and taking on new challenges so this keeps the drive alive. I always strive to be better, even as I get older. I guess I still don’t think I have reached my potential.
Shona: You do all this and manage a household with two children, that’s amazing. How do you juggle being a completive athlete with being an attentive mum?
Angela: I guess I’m pretty organised. Most mornings I train at 4.30am and am back home before the children are up. I love seeing the sun rise. The children usually don’t know that I have been running for a few hours. My busy schedule generally only allows for one training session a day. I think this has been a good thing as it keeps the injuries away. I’m more a quality rather than quantity trainer. My weekly kilometres are not high. I believe balance in life is crucial in being a successful athlete. I don’t stress if I take a day off from running.
Shona: What’s your day job?
Angela :I’m a full time Primary Teacher
Shona: I think being a teacher is one of the toughest jobs there is. I know I could not do it. No Wonder you run so far! What’s your passion?
Angela: Running has been my passion for 30 years. I have had some amazing experiences and been to some awesome places. My training partner is one of my close friends, so we chat away most mornings and enjoy the solitude around us. I am passionate about teaching and enjoy seeing children engaged in the learning process and of course I’m passionate about my family, and the support and love they give me.
Shona: It is the school holidays, where are you planning on taking your family for a training holiday, I beat there are a few mountains close by?
Angela: No holiday planned, just looking forward to reading a good book and spending time with the children.
Shona: Have you had an injury that you had to change your training techniques to allow for rehab of your injury?
Angela: I had a stubborn Achilles injury in 2008. It took 6 months to heal properly. I did heaps of bike riding during this time. I have to make sure I stretch regularly and allow recovery time after hard sessions.
Shona: What is your favourite pre-race food ? Breakfast and Dinner the night before?
Angela: Depending on the race start time I generally don’t eat much on the morning of the race. I trust that I have fuelled my body sufficiently in the days beforehand. In the last few weeks before a big race I change my ratio of protein and carbohydrate. Higher protein two weeks before, to more carbohydrate one week before. I don’t go crazy with carbohydrate loading.
Shona: That sounds like a smart plan. What is your nutritional and hydration plan for a race like the The WLCMRC (Am I allowed to call it that? It’s such a long title for a race)?
Angela: I am a recent convert to Hammer Nutrition products- I read their book “The endurance Athlete’s guide to Success” from cover to cover and it changed my view on race nutrition. I’m still experimenting in training with the right combination on race day.
Shona: I think I need to get that book. What shoes do you like to wear? You can name a few, trail, road, marathon trail distance?
Angela: I’m a huge Salomon fan. I love their shoes. I train in the Salomon Guidance shoes as I have a few biomechanical issues. I have had no injury issue since changing to these. I race trails in the Salomon Speed cross, the fit like slippers! For road races I like the Asics DS trainers or Salomon S-Labs.
Shona :Can you please give us 5 Key Tip to becoming an awesome Mountain Runner?
Angela Bateup’s 5 Key Tips.
- Develop good core strength
- Incorporate Mountain Bike riding into your training
- Do long runs over hilly terrain
- Run hill repeats- alternate between short and long climbs
- Practise downhill running- It’s a skill needed in Mountain running!
Shona: Thanks’ Angela, you’re the best. You are such a special runner. I wish you all the best in your training for the World Long Course Mountain Running Championships.
Stay injury free, kick butt in Switzerland! Make all of us Aussies Proud!