Lance Bennett

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YRF Event Distance: 21km 

How did you become involved in the world of running?  
Basically, as a young fellow living on a property with 4 brothers and a sister, that’s all we did was run.  I never really had any training, just running all over the property.  As we grew up, we got involved in the sport of triathlon, but we all had a natural ability with all the sports we were involved in.  

What drives your passion to keep running?
Running has never been my strongest ability. Over the last few years, as I have re-entered the triathlon game, it has been my weakest leg and still is. However, as I have met and observed many athletes since then, with a little bit of drive and persistence, my running has improved greatly where I now enjoy running. Even entering trail events and running festivals.  

What motivates you on those days that you just don’t want to run?
I enjoy running with other people.  Everyone motivates each other which helps you get over the hurdles on those dull days.  

How many kilometres have you covered in preparation for YRF?
I run several times a week and do some intervals once a week as well.  At present, I am training for the Blackall 100 so the Yeppoon running Festival is a run in preparation for that.  

YRF race day goal: 
My goal at the YFR is maintaining a consistent pace as I have been told I have to slow down- not everything is a race (to my disappointment).

What will be your race day choice of footwear (Make/Model)?
I have about 15 pairs of shoes that I own, but for this race, I will be wearing Nike Free Run as they are lightweight and comfy.  

Any Pre-race ritual? And go to meal/nutrition before an event:
Pre- race ritual- is sitting down cleaning my equipment.
Meal- I like to have a carbs meal, and usually a couple of beers to relax with friends.  

Your number one tip for injury prevention:
This is a tuff one as I do very little warming up and stretching down.  I guess the best thing to do is complain and sook like crazy when you cop an injury and have everyone tell you you’re a fool for not warming up and stretching down. 

Your “local” hero? Why:
My wife and mother to my children- Jennifer Bennett – because she is willing to give anything a go and it is her can do attitude that picks me up when I’m in a training rut.

Favourite sporting quote:
No excuses. No explanations. You don't win on emotion. You win on execution.

Best advice you’ve been given (Doesn’t have to be sports related):
You have to play the cards you have been dealt with in life the best way you can.

Thanks Lance, All the best from everyone at Team YRF in the 21km!