How Olympic runner Eloise Wellings trains and eats My fit life
Eloise Wellings will be gunning for more than just gold next month when she hits the track in Rio. It is the second time the middle-distance runner will compete in the Olympics, after numerous injuries prevented her from running in the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Games.
While she will be pushing hard to realise her Olympic dreams, Wellings will also be running to raise awareness for Love Mercy Foundation, which she co-founded to help rural communities in Northern Uganda. We caught up with Wellings to find out a little more about her training, diet and life beyond the track.
What does your daily training regime look like? What are the highlights and lowlights of it for you?
A typical Monday of training for me is a 15 km run in the morning followed by a strength and conditioning session in the gym, then home to refuel and recover. In the afternoon/evening I have another run (about 7 to 8 kms) plus some technique work with drills and strides at the track.
My highlight is getting out in the morning for the longer run, it clears my head, warms me up for gym and is the time of the day when I feel like my energy is at its highest. There’s not really any lowlights in my training day, I love what I do and I feel blessed to be able to it as a job.
What is your day on a plate at the moment and is that different to days when you are not preparing for a competition?
I see food as my fuel right now, and with less than a month to go until Rio, my nutrition revolves around what training/races I have done or have coming up next.
- Breakfast: large bowl of my favourite cereal called ‘the muesli’ with Greek yogurt, a piece of fruit and a black coffee.
- Morning tea: protein smoothie and a banana.
- Lunch: a large sandwich or wrap with protein (chicken or tuna usually) and salad.
- Afternoon (before training): a protein based snack (like bliss balls) plus a cup of tea.
- Early evening (after training): protein shake.
- Dinner: varies every night but a few of our favourites are chicken burritos, steak with quinoa and roast vegetable salad or tuna steak with sweet potato and broccolini.
For 24 hours after a race I allow myself to whatever I want, and simply enjoy the taste. After winning my last race I had a big plate of nachos and an ice cream!
I also boost my diet with nutrients that I think are essential to recovery. Because I’m running such long distances on a daily basis, my body goes through a lot of strain, so recovery is an absolute priority. I rely on Ubiquinol (the active form of CoQ10) for both reducing muscle inflammation and maintaining energy levels after training, and I also take magnesium to help reduce muscle fatigue and cramping.
How do you mentally prepare for something like the Olympics?
Because I’ve suffered from a number of stress fractures that have prevented me competing in Olympic events in the past, it’s important for me to constantly clear my head of anything I can’t control. My motto is ‘Attempt something so great that unless God intervenes then it’s bound to fail’.
I train myself to persevere no matter what, and I take the realities and truths of each training session – what I’ve achieved, where I’ve failed etc – to give me the confidence to reaffirm to myself that I’m capable of achieving what I set out to do.
What are you most looking forward to doing afterward Rio?
I’m looking forward to catching up with good friends and going back to Uganda at the end of the year. I’m looking forward to eating Messina ice cream and a lot of it!
Is there a motto that you live by?
NEVER GIVE UP!
What gives you the greatest joy – in your sport and also in life and what are the most challenging aspects?
Outside of training I am a Mum to my three year old, India, which definitely gives me my greatest joy.
I am also the co-founder of Love Mercy Foundation, which seeks to empower communities in Northern Uganda and help them overcome poverty caused by conflict. This has been a hugely challenging experience but I am incredibly proud of the work Love Mercy has done and humbled to be able to use running as a platform to bring awareness to Love Mercy’s work.
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