The countdown is on to the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival later this month. In the lead up to the event, we chatted to its official ambassador – model and TV personality, Jesinta Campbell – to get the inside scoop on how she’s preparing for race day.
“I’ve always been an advocate for living an active healthy lifestyle. I grew up on the Gold Coast which provided the most beautiful environment for being outdoors and being energetic. Last year I was pretty busy! I ran the City2South race, Brisbane in June, Swan River Run, Perth in July, City2Surf, Sydney in August and The Canberra Times Fun Run, Canberra in September.”
Where’s your favourite running spot?
“I love running by the water so I often run through Sydney Botanical Gardens. There’s a real buzz from the city. The beautiful flowers and greenery, alongside being by the harbour side is great. I also think Centennial Park is a good running track.”
How have you been preparing?
“Because I’ve never ran a half-marathon, training has definitely been vital. I have my trainer Dan, who has been building my fitness up over the past few months to get me ready. I already have a strong foundation from the boxing training that I do, but to train specifically for the half-marathon I’ve incorporated shorter runs with a mix of core strength, sprints, hill runs, with one long run every week. I train most days, but make sure I include a rest day at least once, even twice per week depending on how I’m feeling.”
“Running really builds up my appetite. I know it’s important to fuel your body with all the nutrients it needs so I have a well-balanced diet of protein, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, good fats and oils.”
How do you fit in training?
“Running has always been a big part of my fitness regime. I really enjoy it and so I make sure I prioritise running. When I can get to the gym I stride it out on the treadmill, or if I’m travelling I go for a run around the area I’m staying.”
“I usually get my workout done in the morning. It’s easy for the day to slip away with work commitments so I schedule it in first thing.”
What’s your running motivation?
“Keeping fit makes me feel healthy and strong. My life can be really busy, but when I’m feeling good, it’s much easier to make it through the day. I’m always happy when I’m working out. I also find that running is a great de-stressor. Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever and being active boosts your feel-good endorphins. Running helps give me that me-time to chill out. Especially if I’m listening to music while running, I can really zone out.”
“My favourite running gear would be an Asics top and leggings in black – simple but effective. For my upcoming half-marathon, I’m going to be wearing my Blackmore’s race singlet – it’s fun and colourful.”
Are you looking forward to the event?
“Completing a half-marathon has always been a goal of mine and I’m looking forward to doing this at the Blackmore’s Sydney Running Festival because it’s the only time of the year that participants can run across Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic-free.”
What for you makes a good race?
“How you feel on the day can definitely impact your race, so it’s important you’re in a great head space and feeling positive and motivated. I love the vibe of a fun run – that alone for me makes for a good race. The start line is electric with energy and throughout the race, spectators are cheering on their loved ones. Of course, there’s nothing like crossing the finish line with a personal best.”
How do you un-wind after an event?
“I love to relax at home. A home cooked meal and a movie on the couch is my ideal way to relax. My cheat treat is chocolate – I eat it most days. True story! Not even dark – I love Dairy Milk. If you’re going to have it as a treat, you may as well enjoy it.”
Advice for runners?
You can do it. Have a goal and just start slowly, celebrate your achievements and be proud of crossing that finish line. There’s no better feeling. And not just the finish line at the end of the race. Every training run. Getting active will make you feel amazing inside and out.
Jesinta (24) from Rose Bay, New South wales will be running the Half-marathon event on 20th September at Blackmore’s Sydney Running festival. She will also be greeting competitors post-race in the Recovery Village.