You’re off to Rio! How are you feeling?
I'm feeling great! I'm in my final phase of training before competition so everything at the moment is rather intense.
What does your training routine look like over the course of a week?
I'm currently training two sessions a day, whether that's strength and conditioning, swimming or track. I take a rest day midweek and at the weekend to keep the intensity of my training, but other than that it's pretty full on. My rest day still involves prehab and mobility work.
How long have you been running with a blade for? Are there any particular muscle imbalances you have to tackle as a result of it?
I received my blade from Ottobock in 2013, late in the athletics season. Initially it took a lot of strengthening in places I had little power in for me to run efficiently. But now I've found my stride! I'm continuously working on my power, strength and technique to tackle the imbalance of each side of my body but as I've trained it has improved and keeps doing so.
How do you recover after a tough training session?
As most athletes do! A good nap, and refuelling my body with good food is always the best way for me to recover.
What’s your career highlight so far?
London 2012 was definitely the highlight of my sporting career, the home games was incomparable and insane in its own right. [Julie was on the sitting volleyball team at the last Paralympic Games.] However since competing in athletics I am proud to have gone to the world juniors in Holland and that was definitely a championship I learned a lot from.
Have you had any major setbacks or injuries since you’ve been running competitively?
When I first got into sprinting I put my body under a very different and new demand physically, so of course I had minor setbacks which were essentially my body telling me to rethink things. I suffered a stress fracture during my first two seasons, but I was a very inexperienced athlete. I've found that now I train much smarter and with the support and expertise of my coach and physios with the prehab and continuous monitoring it's no longer a concern.
If you weren’t a runner, which sport would you like to compete in?
I think that if I liked the idea of competing in a different sport I wouldn't be a sprinter! Athletics is definitely a training environment I've fallen in love with - it's forever changing and the level of competition is always improving. The challenges in athletics is something unique that I don't think could ever be beat.
What does a standard day of food look like for you?
Currently I'm on a protein and healthy fats diet. I get my carbs from vegetables and avoid high sugar foods.
What’s your ultimate indulgence food?
I love desserts! I always look forward to finishing a good meal off with a lush dessert like a creme brûlée or classic apple crumble!