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Out Run COVID – Michael Case

You are an avid PREPD user, how did you first discover PREPD?

I have been following the process of Steve McKenna. From when he first started out in triathlon to going pro. Steve trusted in his results as an athlete and he truly believed PREPD worked for him. As an athlete, you listen to other athletes and their trust in a product, it makes you want to try it too. 

Why did you start the “Out Run Covid, The Benefits of Running” campaign on your Instagram account?

I don’t use Instagram to gain followers. I have been in the fitness industry for years and really enjoy running. When Covid hit, I could see the fear in not knowing what to do and the feeling of hopelessness. Suddenly everyone couldn’t go out, see friends and family and go to the gym. But we could run.  It’s always hard to know what to do, but one thing I know for sure, is that exercise will always be the best option for for physical and mental health. Running is one of the greatest gifts we have. It is truly universal, (almost) everyone can do it and it’s easily done in isolation.

I am lucky enough to have been a part of hundreds and hundreds of running journeys (with clients) over the years; as much as I love programming athletes and recreational runners to improve and enjoy their running more, my greatest joy comes from inspiring others to take up running in whatever form suits their body, circumstances and goals.

Now more than ever, we need to inspire others to find a way to lace up, step outside (safely) and feel the joy of running. So I decided to post one running photo a day with a different benefit of what running can do for you. It’s a project I feel strongly about and one that I hope people share to help others through this strange time. If it inspires, educates, resonates or helps anyone in anyway, it will be entirely worth it.

What was the reaction/s to the campaign?

I had a lot of private messages from friends, family and former clients saying thank you for getting them motivated and inspired to run again or just to try running for the first time. Some of the people who contacted me had never spoken to me about running, were now talking to me and asking me lots of questions about running. I tried to educate them on key points about running from their questions. Like “which pair of shoes should I buy?” I would recommend that they get properly fitted and not worry about the brand or colour they wear, but rather about what shoe is best for their foot and running style. 

Also running doesn’t mean hurting. A lot of people would consider running as a painful exercise, but talking to them I could explain that even a gentle jog is a great way to run. 

What is your favourite thing about running?

The mental health side of running is my favourite benefit of running. I find running a stress relief and it gives me happiness. There is nothing like a tough week at work and then going for a run. That feeling of all just melting away.

You’ve been in the fitness industry for a long time now. Are there skills or things you’ve learnt from triathlon training that are transferable into your day to day role?

The main skills that are transferable are consistency, dedication and commitment. As a personal trainer and a triathlete you must keep up your training, over a long period of time. You also need the support of your family and friends. Client rapport is the same. 

Are you able to tell us about an average day for you & your fitness routine?

Even before covid a usual day doesn’t exist for me. But I try to train 3-4 hours a day (or 20-24 hours per week). Every morning and every evening, I will run, ride, swim or gym. Covid means that servicing clients is more online now with new software and videos.

Nutrition is key and involves a lot of eating (oats, yoghurt, fruit, veggies, meat and pasta). An easy session means I will drink lots of water and fluid during the day but a hard session means I need PREPD. I drink a PREPD Prime as my dessert after a meal and it’s even more delicious with the chocolate flavour now! The PREPD Recover is my favourite part of finishing training. 

How did you get into triathlons and Ironman?

I did my first duathlon at the age of 18 years old and my first triathlon in my early 20s. I remember getting into the pool and the length was 25 metres. I thought I was going to drown,  even though I could stand up, I still felt the panic! So I was no good at the start but I kept going and kept training, until I could. 

What advice would you give to someone thinking about doing their first Ironman?

I think that people all give advice which relates to them. I remember when I went to my first Ironman and I heard Liz Blatchford interviewed live on stage (an English professional triathlete). Liz placed third at the 2013 and 2015 Ironman World Championships, so I was really interested in what she had to say. She was asked the same question of what advice would you give someone thinking about doing their first Ironman? 

Liz’s answer helped me the very next day, when my bike gears broke and the weather blew in hard. “Just aim to finish the race. Anything can go wrong on the day and it’s a long event, so don’t worry about times or where you are in the race, just finish. If you cross that finish line, you will forever be an Ironman and no one can take that away from you. So just aim to finish. Then next time you can time it.”

Do you have someone who you follow online or a program that helps you to meet your goals?

Matty White is my coach and the support I need, as I can coach myself to a point, but Matty gives me programs that he knows I can do, but need. 

In the world of Triathlons, what is on your bucket list?

#1 – My key goal is to represent Australia at the world championships. I have a watch band that I changed to green and gold. I did it to remind me that when I am struggling and things aren’t going my way in my training, that is why I am doing this. I am almost there and I am going to represent Australia in September 2021. 

#2 – 70.3 Championships

#3 – Kona, the holy grail. 

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