Challenging yourself is the adventure of life My fit life
For ultra-marathon runner Bec Wilcock, having a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body when faced with life’s challenges.
Wilcock, who grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales, started training for triathlons when she was just 12-years-old.
Earlier this year she completed the 160 kilometre Barkley Marathon in under 60 hours, was a wellness coach for the Blackmores Running Festival and mentored hundreds of women to run the Nike Half Marathon.
We caught up with the extreme athlete to find out how she fuels her body and stays focused.
What is your health philosophy? Has it changed in recent years?
Health is a top priority for me – I’ve always loved the outdoors and the benefits of being healthy. Once you create good habits by tweaking a few things in your life, there’s no looking back – you just feel so good. As you get older, you learn more about yourself, mentally and physically – like the importance of healthy eating and exercise. If you want to live life to the best of your ability, a healthy lifestyle should be a part of that adventure.
What is your daily fitness routine when training for marathons?
I like to train as soon as I wake up. It makes me stronger for the day ahead. However, this gets tough when you have to start work at 6am. So most mornings I wake up at 4:30am to get it done. On an average day I will do a running session and gym session, both around 90 minutes.
What mental training do you do?
Just before I go to bed I do what I call a “meditate to motivate” which I find super powerful. I get into my bed and think about the day for five to 10 minutes. It’s a way that I channel my thought process and get my mind in tune with my body.
What’s your favourite exercise outside of running?
I have so many, but if I had to pick one, I’d go with surfing. I grew up on the Central Coast so I always love going home to surf there. I’ve spent the past ten years surfing at Bronte, Bondi, and Maroubra in Sydney.
What do you eat on a general day?
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, avocado and spinach.
Snack: Green juice – I like to add apple, celery, kale, ginger, lemon and a supergreens powder to the mix.
Lunch: Chicken salad.
Dinner: Salmon, greens and sweet potato.
Vitamins: Fish oil, multi-vitamin, probiotics, kelp (iodine), magnesium, vitamin B complex
What’s your favourite healthy recipe?
Acai and Wild Blueberry Blend bowl.
Acai frozen mix
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 frozen banana, sliced
1 frozen mango cheek
2 tablespoons of Wild Blueberry Blend
Blueberries and strawberries
What’s your food splurge?
I really enjoy some dark chocolate with a glass of red wine.
What upcoming projects are you working on?
I’m excited to be working on a fun and fresh new fitness project that you’ll be able to find out more about in three months.
Is there a motto that you live by?
I believe that life is an adventure. If you want to live it to the best of your ability, a healthy lifestyle should be a part of that adventure.
What gives you the greatest joy – in your sport and also in life and what are the most challenging aspects?
There’s no better feeling than achieving something that you didn’t possibly think you could. For me, it might be work-related or a race. Regardless of what the goal is – the sense of achievement is what gives me so much happiness in my fitness, lifestyle and career.
I face challenges every day. My biggest challenge is sticking to my fitness plan and not shying away from it because it’s hard. Sometimes I don’t see my family for a long period, so keeping everything balanced is difficult. This all ties back to having a mind that’s as healthy as your body so you can take any challenge that’s thrown your way, even when it’s unexpected.
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