TV star and Westpac Face Tessa James is training for The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac. “I know that on the day I will be pushing myself a little harder because I’m running for a good cause, the Westpac Foundation, which supports not-for-profit organisations across Australia who want to change lives for the better,” James says. Here are James’ key training tips.

Set personal goals

Whether it’s a time to beat or a fundraising target, setting yourself a personal goal can act as that extra motivation to get you there. Start small and set realistic goals, then continue to build up.

Learn to pace yourself

Everyone has a pace that they are more comfortable with, so my advice would be to find that pace as you train and try to stick to it so that you don’t risk burning out before the finish line. If you know where your body is comfortable, you will feel more confident pushing yourself on the day!

Treat your body as the priority

Training for a long run requires endurance and ensuring your mind and body are healthy so that you don’t put unnecessary strain on yourself. I make sure I am listening to my body and what it needs. I like to fuel my body with organic foods and those that are rich in healthy fats and fibre. Get enough sleep, as it is important.

Run with a group

Running with a friend or as part of a group is also a great way to stay motivated and have fun. Running with others will help you push yourself, and is often the extra motivation you need.

Enjoy the experience

Running the City2Surf should be a fun and rewarding experience, and the fact you have signed up, or are thinking of signing up, should make you proud in the first place. On race day, soak up the atmosphere. On-course will be the Misting Tunnel to help keep you distracted, and Westpac Support Stations to cheer you on.