The countdown is on to the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival later this month, which is always a highlight on the Team Sporteluxe Spring calendar. In the lead up to this epic 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, along with her training and diet secrets.
Jesinta Campbell’s diet and running tips
Q: Who’s your favourite person to exercise with and why?
“I actually have two. Lauren Eagle is definitely one of my favourite people to train with, especially for working up a sweat. I find her so inspiring to work alongside because not only is she super fit but also mentally tough. Also, my personal trainer Dan Ardel, based at 98 Riley Street Gym is awesome. Our sessions normally focus on core, stability and weights, which is great for conditioning and getting my muscles looking lean and long. Sometimes Lauren and Dan train me, but most of the time we work out together, which is really rewarding.”
Q: What are you most looking forward to regarding the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival?
“I really wanted to run the Half Marathon but this year I’m going to tackle the Bridge Run and try for a personal best. I might have to do the Blackmores Half Marathon next year! I also think it will be fun and extra special to run with a group of like-minded people. Plus, it’s a beautiful route. I’ve only been able to walk across the harbour bridge, so getting the chance to run across the bridge traffic free will be pretty awesome.”
Q: What’s your training regime like? Has it changed it the lead up to the running festival?
“I have tailored my regime specifically for the half marathon, so at the moment all of my training is running-based. I find interval training to be the most effective when training for a long distance run as the short, sharp bursts are great for improving fitness levels. With that being said, I love to combine different types of training so I can get the best of both worlds. I try to be active most days whether it’s Pilates, cardio, boxing or strength and stability training with my PT Dan.”
Q: Where is your favourite place to run or train outdoors in Sydney and why?
“I love to run in Centennial Park. It’s not a particularly long track, so I try to focus on speed and finish within 20 minutes. Otherwise, I’ll run from my gym (in Darlinghurst) to The Domain and through the Royal Botanical Gardens until I get to the Sydney Opera House. There is something so special about this harbourside course, especially during spring when the sun is shining.”
Q: How do you motivate yourself if you’re ever feeling flat and uninspired?
“I always set myself fitness goals and train accordingly. For example, for the David Jones Fashion Show [where Jesinta modeled] I focused on boxing, whereas for the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival I’ll be hitting the pavement. I find it hard to stay on track if I don’t have a goal.”
Q: How do you nourish your body? Can you talk us through your day on a plate?
“First thing in the morning, I have a glass of warm water with grated ginger, cayenne pepper and lemon juice to kick-start my metabolism. Then I like to have a big breakfast to keep me going throughout the day. I always have two poached eggs on a thick slice of Henley’s Wholefood pumpkin hazelnut meal bread with avocado and steamed asparagus. For lunch I like to eat something light like sushi, chicken with salad or soup. Almonds and fruit are my go-to snacks. I always keep my glove box stocked up so I can snack no matter where I may be. My favourite dinner is grilled salmon with steamed greens and quinoa. I also have a big sweet tooth, so I can’t go past some Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate for a post-dinner treat. I also try and drink as much water as possible throughout the day. I like to add some blueberries, lemon, mint and slices of apple for a bit of flavour as well.”
Q: Any health secrets you swear by?
“I love to load up my meals with a variety of vegetables. I always think that the more colourful my meal can look, the better it is for my body. My favourite veggies are squash, beetroot, broccoli and capsicum. In terms of multi-vitamins, I swear by Blackmores Muscle Magnesium for recovering post-workout. I take a spoonful day, which helps to relieve muscle soreness after a big session. I also love Blackmores Exercise Multi which means I know I’m getting all the vitamins and supplements I need!
Jesinta’s top race day tips:
- “Even though it may be a bit chilly, I think a light jacket is the way to go because you warm up within the first five minutes. Trust me, you don’t want to be carrying a bulky jumper for the entire race.”
- “Make sure you eat well the day before. I like to load up on carbohydrates so I have enough energy on race day.”
- “Keep hydrated, even after the race has finished.”
- “Warm down properly by stretching and walking out any tightness in your muscles. Trust me, this will make your recovery so much easier.”
Yoga or Pilates? Pilates
Meditation or a run? Run
Coffee or juice? Juice
Black tights or print? Always black – never goes out of style.
Holiday sunbed or SUP? SUP
Trainers or heels? Trainers
Bikini or one-piece? Oh tough one! This season one-piece.
Tights or tracksuit? Tracksuit
Cocktail date or breakfast date? Breakfast date
Drama or comedy? Comedy
Personal trainer or solo? Personal Trainer
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise
Socks or no socks? Socks
Ear buds or headphones? Headphones
Spin/cycle or pump? Spin
Party or DVD? DVD
If you want to get involved in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival and join Jesinta at the starting line on Sunday 20th September, register here.
TIP: For details on more fantastic reasons to visit Sydney, along with where to stay, eat and check out if you’re here for the Blackmores SydneyRunning Festival, visit Sydney.com