We caught up with Jess back in 2013, on how she trains to be the best she can be…
Talk us through an average training day for you…
I train for about 6 hours a day on training days. The first thing I do when I wake up is take the dog for a walk. Then breakfast consists of a bowl of cereal or piece of toast. Sometimes porridge if I have a big training day ahead of me. I’ll wash it down with a coffee or fruit juice. Then I head to the track, although each day is different in terms of training we tend to do the technical or conditioning sessions in the morning. So we will either do running sessions or weight sessions followed by lunch, which will be soup and a sandwich. Sometimes pasta. Then the afternoon will consist of more training followed by a bit of physio.
Do you find that you have to be disciplined about your diet?
I try to have a balanced diet. I think that is the most important thing. And moderation is key. Post-training i’ll knock back a recovery drink such as protein shakes and make sure I am well hydrated. I’ll also snack on fruit such as bananas throughout the day to keep energy levels up. With the amount of training I do you need to make sure you have enough fuel in your tank.
Do you use any stretching sports such as yoga or Pilates to compliment your training?
Yes – I love yoga when I can fit it in. It is a fantastic way to stretch but I have been so busy recently that I haven’t done it in a while. But I definitely feel it’s benefits when I do.
What motivates you to do all of this hard work?
I always have a short term in goal in mind – competitions or training goals that I create for myself. And the massive goal of the Olympics every four years is a huge incentive for me to keep going.
How do you relax?
On days off I catch up with friends and do normal things like shopping, cooking, hanging out.
Adidas is a fantastic brand, How does it support you in achieving your sporting goals?
It supports both my training and my competing. Having the right shoes and comfortable kit to work out in is essential. I have been working with adidas for years and really feel I get the most out of myself wearing their footwear. Their leisure wear is great too.
Tell me a little bit about why the next generation of adidas boost is so brilliant?
The trainers are different to everything else out there as they literally give you so much more energy. Not only do they give you an added bounce but they also cushion your feet and generally just make my feet feel pretty fantastic. Plus – I love the range of colours they come in. My fave are the deep purple.
Have the adidas boost enhanced your running or any of your other events?
The trainers have certainly helped my jogging and running sessions.
Apart from the new adidas trainer, what else gives you a Boost?
Going out with my friends and family.
What does being healthy mean to you?
Being healthy means being balanced in what you do – take in all the food categories, and enjoy meal times, have everything in moderation, and being active. You don’t have to be training for the Olympics but doing something active is so important to maintain a healthy life.
Jess Ennis-Hill, an adidas athlete, is wearing the adidas Energy boost. Find out more about the trainers at www.adidas.com/running