AKA: Kung Fu
DOB: 6 August 1985
BORN: Maitland, NSW
LIVES: Melbourne, VIC
Through courage and determination, Brendan ‘Kung Fu’ Sexton recovered from major injury and a serious head on training crash in 2010 to go on to fulfil his dream of representing Australia at the London Olympic Games. This 26 year old is considered Australia’s dark horse.
BRENDAN'S FAVOURITE RUN SESSION
This is a track session adapted from a session run by some 5km/10km runners (including Prefontaine who was an American middle and long-distance runner who tragically died in a car accident when he was 24). It’s one I’ll be doing often leading into the Games!
“It makes me so happy to know all the work I’ve done and stress I’ve gone through was worth it and I am in a position to achieve something that seemed so far away just a few years ago” said Sexton of his Olympic team selection.
The idea of this session is to run 200m at just faster than 10km pace and then 200m at just slower than 10km pace and repeat continuously
I run this as 200m in 35 seconds then 200m in 45 seconds for eight laps (3.2km), then repeat
The purpose of the session is to build a tolerance for change of pace while continuously running around race pace. The 200m at race pace should not be challenging at first but get harder as the set goes on due to a harder than usual recovery. The 200m ‘float’ should be used to recompose and ensure correct form as fatigue sets in
A good ‘challenge’ set is to work out the 200m times as 5 -10 seconds either side of your 10k pace and run the session continuously for as long as you can