lara phillips

The highlight of Lara's running career has been finishing 7th and 12th in the Commonwealth Championships.

In addition to her individual placements, she is ecstatic with the 2nd and 4th placements for the team. She was also 41st at the World Mountain Running Championships and the New Zealand Mountain Running Champion in 2009.

The last 12 months have been outstanding for Lara. To complement her mountain running, she has won 3 marathons and has a personal best of 2:42.

Lara has set her sights on her next goal as she attempts to better her mark for the marathon and try to qualify for the World Marathon Championships for New Zealand.

She wants to continue running competitively for many years to come and eventually some day move into the Ultra Distance events.


Views on the Commonwealth Championships…


Nadeem Khan (NK): What were your thoughts on running in the Commonwealth Championships?

Lara Phillips (LP): The athletes, organizers, and local community were amazing.  I have never met such friendly, inspiring, and accommodating people.


NK: How was this race different from your other international races?

LP: I particularly enjoyed how the event incorporated both mountain running and ultra distance athletes.  I found the 24 hour race was a fantastic start to the event, and got me really pumped for my uphill race on the Friday.  The 24 hour race was by far the most inspirational event I have ever witnessed.  Watching the competitors glowing with pride in the final minutes of the event, and the joy and relief on their faces when it was over,

was something I will never forget.  . 


NK: The one thing that you will remember about these Championships…

LP: A fantastic after party, with great music, food, and amazing people.


Get to know Lara…


NK: Most memorable athletic moment…

LP: Seeing the view from the top of Skiddaw at the finish of the Uphill Mountain race on Friday.


NK: What is your typical training week?

LP: I train about 15 hours a week, running about 120 kilometers and aqua jogging for about 6 hours.


NK: If you were not a runner, you would be…

LP: I would definitely be doing some other activity.  I also enjoying cycling, swimming, horseback riding, and yoga.  I once wanted to be a yoga and meditation instructor, but realized I am simply not flexible or patient enough.  I  thrive on activity and adventure.


NK: Your biggest supporter in your running career…

LP: My parents have always been my biggest source of encouragement and support.  My coach Barry Magee (1960 Rome Olympic Bronze Medalist in the Marathon), also helped me find the balance between my running and spiritual life, helping me to realize how lucky I am and how much I have to be grateful for.


NK: Who is your first call after a major race?

LP: Preferably, I have a friend or family member at the finish who I like to hug (or vomit on)!