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How to win a half marathon

Brynee Wilson
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The Drive Show can barely run down stairs in time for a voice break

So when the idea of a 10km competitive run was pitched to them, you can only imagine their expression.

Luckily for them, Andrea Hewitt made an appearance in the studio to share her professional tips and tricks. What better way to prepare for a race than get the advice from an Olympian?

Placing 8th in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 6th in the 2012 London Olympics, 1st in the 2007 Kitzbuhel World Cup and winning over fifteen races, it’s no surprise that this triathlete knows her stuff.

Casually running 12km before commencing the interview highlights her number one piece of advice: preparation is key, and considering that Stew, Azura and Petra could only just hack 5km at this stage, it would’ve definitely given Hewitt the impression that they wouldn’t be crossing the finish line. “The biggest tip I'd say is train in the clothing, the shoes, the socks; what you're going to be racing in.” However it’s not all about what you're putting on your body, it’s what you're putting in it as well.

Stew loves his fried chicken, there’s no doubt about that, but in order to get the best out of your body, you need to put the best in according to our Olympian, so put down the chicken leg and pick up the bread. “It’s all about eating something that's easily digestible, like plain food.” Because the race was in the morning, Hewitt shared her go to breakfast meal and warned us on the foods to avoid that have the potential to alter your performance.

 Walking away with first placed female in the half marathon, it’s fair to say that these tips are definitely beneficial when it comes down to race day. A massive congratulations to Christchurch's very own Andrea Hewitt for winning the 2017 Christchurch half marathon. Check out the full interview below.