Some of the DogFit Team were delighted to travel to Chevetogne in Belgium this weekend, to support the British team at the European Canicross Championship.
At the end of the competition, we caught up with DogFit Trainer, Sarah Gilliam, and DogFit Ambassador Georgie Lambert to celebrate their amazing successes. We also took the opportunity to ask about their training leading up to the Championships.
Poppy resting before her event!
Tell us about your training leading up to the Europeans?
We really stepped up our training after the TDM (Trophée des Montagnes) earlier this year and focussed on improving and building up for this weekend. Part of that involved working on mixing up the terrain and building up our speed over 5k.
How have you achieved that?
We’ve really concentrated on a better quality warm-up and cool down, with an intense 5K session in the middle.
What is the most challenging part for you and Poppy competing at this level?
Because it is separate start times, you are always running on your own, and not in a group. It can be really difficult to gauge how you are doing as you have no concept of your competitors and how fast they have been before you. Are you too fast at a particular point, or too slow – it’s really not easy to tell. So we just focus on running our own race and that would be my advice for anyone competing at this level. Trust yourself and your dog. Believe in all the hard work and training you have put in.
Nutrition-wise for Poppy, what advice would you give?
Hydration is super important. I always make sure she is drinking enough, even the day before. Very small breakfast 4 hours before the race and definitely lots of water.