Keeping pace with Steve Moneghetti

Renowned marathon legend Steve Moneghetti answers questions on keeping fighting fit.

Two things you currently do in your training that provide the greatest benefit?

A Sunday long run and a fortnightly sports massage.

What are your current goals and how do you set them?

To run every day and include a solo run without a watch each week. I set these goals to ensure I keep motivated.

What has been the biggest challenge in your career?

A fractured vertebra in my neck in 1984.

How did you overcome it?

I used patience.

What impact has diet had on your running?

None – 200 km a week will do that for you. I’m a bit more aware of it now, less for performance, more for health.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Being around young and focused people – here at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is a great example.

What have you learnt from your best and worst races?

None from my best, lots from my worst.

What sports technology has had the biggest impact on marathon running during your time?

Satellite tracking.

How do you handle nerves?

I use distractions like crosswords and reading.

What are you most proud of?

My capacity to run my best when I needed to.

What makes you happiest?

A 2-hour run in the forests around Ballarat.

If you could run anywhere in the world where would you run?

Noosa National Park.

What influence did your family have on your running?

My parents are interested but never interfere. My wife is my rock and our kids are my biggest fans – that is a winning trifecta.

Top tips for people running the Melbourne Marathon

1. Run

2. Run long

3. Run with a friend or a few

4. Run at conversation pace

5. Run at least four times a week

6. Run on a variety of surfaces

Do you think any of your children will follow in your footsteps?

I would love them to but I am down to 50 per cent as our eldest two don’t run.

Outside of running, what else do you enjoy to keep physically and mentally healthy?

Enjoy the outdoors, mainly playing sport or walking/riding with our kids.

Inspired to run? Sign up for an event at the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival.

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