February 27, 2014 (ISN) – Athletics Canada is excited to announce today that Jenna Martin of Bridgewater, N.S. will race in the women’s invitational 400-metres at the inaugural AC Indoor Open.
Jenna is a 2-time Canadian champion at 400-metres and a 2012 Olympian. She has been an integral part of the women’s 4×400-metres relay participating in the last two IAAF World Championships. Jenna currently trains in Toronto under Anthony McCleary and Desai Williams.
AC: What memory or thought sticks with you most about your 2013 season?
JM: 2013 was a very up and down year for me athletically. I was injured pretty early in the outdoor season and I just wasn’t able to get back strong enough by the end of the season. This is my first year training with the Toronto group and I have seen some great results already with a personal best in the 300-metres and in the 60-metres. I am working on my speed, that is one component I always needed special work on. I am very happy with my transition and am very positive moving forward.
AC: What’s a typical day in the life of an elite athlete?
JM: A typical day is waking up and getting ready for practice. Training takes up most of my time and when I am not training I am doing what I can to recover and prepare for the next training day. It starts with getting the right amount of rest so my bedtime is usually pretty early. Another important factor is what I put in my body. I make sure that I have a well-balanced meal; enough carbs, protein, fruit, veggies, etc. I do not follow a strict diet, I just eat well and if I want a treat here and there I will. Sometimes athletes get really anal about what they eat but that has never worked for me, I get crazy and end up eating more sweats then I need. I keep it in moderation! I am a fan of epson salt baths and yoga stretching for my recovery outside of the track, as well as getting my massage therapy, chiropractor care, and ice baths. How we perform on the track comes from how we take care of out body off the track.
AC: What have you been working on in training and/or racing to continue getting faster?
JM: Other then basic hard and specific training, my coaches have really helped me with my technique, and that has played a huge role in my times. I still have work to do, it doesn’t happen overnight but when it does click I will continue to get faster and faster. Also, doing very specific weight training for me has helped. My body tends to bulk up very easily when I lift, so having a specific and precise program for how my body responds has played a huge role. I am getting stronger without getting bigger and having to carry all that mass around the track for a 400-metres.
AC: When sprinting indoors, how do you adjust your mechanics or technique to deal with the tighter turns?
JM: Indoors is sometimes tricky because not all of the tracks are the same. Some have lower banks, some have higher, and some have tighter turns then others. In a 400-metres that can play such a huge role. The higher the bank for us the better, you tend to run faster. Other then that, your race strategy never changes; unfortunately it is just the track that changes.
AC: After last year’s successful season, what goals are you focused on for this year?
JM: My goal is to definitely run the times that I know I am capable of. No more 52 (seconds), I want to run low 51’s consistently. I am definitely capable of running much faster then that so I just need to continue to work hard and smart and trust my coaches, the rest is in God’s hands.
AC: What aspect of track and field gives you the most joy?
JM: What gives me most joy in track is to see results. It is very frustrating as an athlete to train the way we do and to live such a sacrificial lifestyle to not run faster times in which we know we are capable of.
AC: What are you most looking forward to on your trip to Montreal for the AC Indoor Open?
JM: I am looking forward to see my Canadian teammates and to finally compete at a National Competition Indoor. It has been a while since Canada has held an indoor national championship. It will be my first.
The 2014 AC Indoor Open will take place in Montreal, Que., March 14 – 16 at the newly renovated Centre Claude-Robillard. The event serves as a Canadian Championship for youth and junior athletes and will feature a number of Olympians and World Championship national team members in invitational events. For more information and to register for the inaugural AC Indoor Open visit www.indoors.athletics.ca.