Updated: May 22, 2020
Nicole Burlinson, Garden State Track Club
What inspires you?
My family, and my desire to see just how far I can push my body.
Now that Tokyo 2020 has been postponed to 2021, are there any positives such as getting more time to prepare or work on your technique?
I think Tokyo being postponed has actually been a great thing (for me, anyway). Not only is it the right choice for the good of the global population, but in terms of getting ready for any kind of high-level racing, this gives me A LOT more time to give myself the rest I need and refocus going into next year.
How are you approaching staying fit and in shape during the Covid-19 quarantine?
Though it is not convenient for racing with everything being cancelled, this period actually gives me a lot more time to train. Most of what I do on a day-to-day with training is solo, so this time has not been much different! Gyms and everything are closed around here so my husband and I have been getting creative with our workouts and having fun with it. I've had a tough year or so with training and racing so I'm giving myself a lot of time to rest and recover at the moment.
As an ex-pat currently residing in the Garden State, what would it mean to you to make it to the Brit Champs?
Making the British Champs has been the thing on my mind since I started running competitively post-college. Since I competed there in 2015, I wasn't sure if it was something I'd ever get to do again.. but after working with Garden State and finding my love for the running community again, I believe it's possible and have made it my goal to do so!
What is the most significant challenge you face in achieving your goal?
Balancing training, recovery, my family, and job!
Can you tell us a bit more about what you love about being a foodie? Does it complement your love for running...or make it tougher to manage your training diet?
My love of food is one of those balances I try to get just right. My husband and I love travelling to new places and trying all the local favorites - but we also love experimenting with recipes and making them as healthy as we possibly can while making sure it's still super tasty. I love cooking and baking with my daughter and bringing her to try all these new things. Coming to the USA definitely sparked my love of food (I mean, what can you NOT get here?) - we still have so much to discover!
"Success is not linear and, though it’s hard, you must learn to use any setbacks as fuel for your comeback. Be persistent and keep your eye on the prize." - Nicole Burlinson
What is a technical aspect of your sport you are focusing on or have previously improved?
Stretching (I’m as stiff as a board!), cooling down sufficiently to allow my body to recover and prevent injuries.
What is your approach to Recovery?
Seeing it as a part of my training, and not as an inconvenience. Making sure it is penciled into my schedule just like any other workout
Can you share a few word of advice for other athletes who are working hard to persevere?
Trust the process! Success is not linear and, though it’s hard, you must learn to use any setbacks as fuel for your comeback. Be persistent and keep your eye on the prize.