Daily Archives: December 26, 2010

Track Beauty of the Week: Lisa Urech

Lisa Urech is this week’s track beauty!

The 21-year old is Switzerland’s top sprint hurdler. She has personal bests of 12.81s in the 100m hurdles and 8.00s in the 60m hurdles. Most recently, Urech qualified for the finals of the highly competitive 2010 Barcelona European Championships, where she finished 7th overall. She stopped the clock at 13.02s.

Photos from blick.ch and nzz.ch

In about a month’s time after the Euro’s, she ran a lifetime best of 12.81s in Zurich. Urech is just five-hundredths of a second off the Swiss national record, held by Julie Baumann (12.76s, 1991).

Read Swissinfo.ch’s Overcoming hurdles to reach the Weltklasse

Remarkably, Urech’s breakout 2010 season started on a low note, with the Emmental-born athlete breaking her collarbone at the start of the year! Indeed, this shows that Urech is made of stern stuff.

Urech had improved dramatically since competing at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz (13.72s. In 2009, the stately Swiss – then only 20-years old – notched a new personal best against seasoned senior opponents (13.36s). It is impressive to note that Urech broke the 13-second barrier barely two years since running in the high 13’s as a junior.

Photo from gab-bellinzona.ch

Should she correct some technical flaws in her form, Urech has much potential to barge into the top ranks of European hurdling.

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Some Off-Season Updates (26 December 2010)

Aside from an intense pick-up game last Saturday, I’ve been sedentary for the last 10 days. It’s refreshing not to chase after times or rush from work to training.Despite the relatively light workout load, one can’t help but feel stale after 10 months.

Since I slept at around 10:00 PM last night, I woke up at 5:30 AM. It felt great not having to rush to work! I took my time getting dressed for the gym.

I decided to do some core drills at the gym, just to wake up my dormant body. I didn’t do anything intensive. I just went over a few of the drills I remembered from Simon Hunt’s informative pre-season workout routine. In the coming weeks, I’ll be putting much emphasis on core strength – the main deficiency of my post-comeback sprinting form. I’ll be doing my utmost best to design a bad-ass training program for the upcoming track & field season.

In fact, I shelved the customary warm-up run for the stationary bike, just to keep things from being monotonous.

I intend to sprint more like Carl Lewis than Christophe Lemaitre!

I topped off the easy morning workout with light upper body weights and some ab exercises.

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