Tuesday 2nd October, 2018
Rosie Edwards (Rotherham; Thom Burleson) will make her Welsh debut at the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on Sunday morning. The Rotherham athlete, who lives and trains in the United States, will form part of a strong women’s quartet taking to the roads of Cardiff for the inaugural championships this weekend. We recently caught up with Rosie to talk about her athletics journey and her lead-up to Sunday’s race:
WA: You made the move from the UK over to the US to study at Butler University back in 2010, how was that experience of transferring to the US collegiate system (NCAA), and was it a positive experience?
RE: “I moved to the US without seeing the school or even the state that I’d be living, but I loved Butler University immediately. I was lucky that there was already a big group of British athletes out there, so I felt at home right away. The level of competition was another level in the NCAA, our coach told us that for every 5 good runners at home there would be 50 to contend with here and he was right. I struggled to run well in college, but the university and my teammates made for an extremely positive experience.”
WA: Having graduated from Butler, you prolonged your stay in the States (based in Indianapolis) before moving to Boulder, Colorado recently. Can you tell us a little bit about the move to train at altitude?
RE: “Yes, the way of life in America really suited me. My Coach Thom Burleson is based in Indianapolis, so I worked and trained in Indianapolis for 6 years after graduating. In 2016 we decided to transition to the marathon and last year my husband was offered a job in Boulder, so we moved out here and I decided to give altitude training a real go.”
WA: How have you found the adaptation moving from sea level to train at altitude?
RE: “I moved here in May of 2017. I really struggled to begin with - I couldn’t even run 5 miles without stopping at first and my sessions took a long time to come around too. Boulder isn’t even particularly high in comparison to Font Romeu or Flagstaff as we are only at 5600ft, but I found recovery and workouts extremely hard. It took me the best part of 6 months to adapt, but now I feel good up here, recovery is harder and it’s easier to blow up in workouts if you go out too hard. For the most part I don’t notice it now, but recovery and diet need to be taken seriously.”
WA: How’s your build up gone in the lead up to next weekend’s Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships?
RE: “I had a tough start to my season. I tore both of my Achilles in May and had to take 10 weeks off completely. It was my first injury, so I wasn’t good at being patient, but I have been lucky to train with an incredible group of fast women who have kicked me into shape. It wasn’t pretty at first, but I am happy with how the last 12 weeks have gone. I’ll be racing at the Frankfurt Marathon 3 weeks after the Commonwealth Half Championships too.”
WA: How excited are you to pull on the Welsh vest at the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff?
RE: “Growing up we spent a lot of time in Llanelli so representing Wales in Cardiff is extremely exciting for me. This will be my first Welsh vest, so I am honoured to pull on the red. After so many setbacks this year I’m excited to line up with such a strong team.”