Q&A: Lynsey Sharp

What has been your career highlight so far?

I’m stuck between Commonwealth silver and European silver because Commonwealth was a home games, it was an amazing experience but the Europeans was a Scottish record. It was so unique being on home territory though, doing my lap of honour at the end and seeing people that I’ve known since I was really young and grown up with in the sport, I think that only happened because it was a home games so that might win.

How did you get into the sport?

Both my parents were athletes, my dad was a 100 and 200 meter runner and went to the Olympics and the Europeans; my mum went to the Commonwealths for Scotland for the 800m so I grew up in the sport. I ran my whole life, the minimum age that you were allowed the join the club was 7, but they let me join at 6 so that was a big deal. They sent me to gymnastics and stuff as well but I was like 'I want to go to athletics'.

Do you think you will stick to 800 metres as your distance?

I’m definitely not going to go up in distance for a few years, I’d rather go down and do a few 400ms and work on speed before I go up in distance but definitely no longer than 1500m. Someone asked me today if I'd ever do a marathon, I probably will say yes at some point later in life. For charity or something.

Talk us through a typical training day

Most days are pretty much the same, I’ll get to the track for 9 or 10, catch up with the physio to check I’m alright to train, then warm up with the group and then we all have individual sessions; so yesterday I had a grass session, Monday I had hills, tomorrow I’ve got alter-g anti gravity treadmill. I’m doing tempo runs on that just because when I get tired I start to run differently and this helps me to run a bit better.

Do you have a rest day?

Sundays. I do very little, I read this thing on Facebook the other day that a Sunday is not a proper Sunday unless you get to the end of the day and you start feeling sad, that’s what you have to have on a Sunday.

What's you recovery strategy?

I take shakes, pretty much throw everything in there like mango or pineapple, spinach or kale, avocado, some protein powder and some sort of juice, I have that after every session to get some nutrients at the same time as protein, I’m not a massive fruit fan so I get it if I put it all in a shake.

Are you quite strict with your nutrition in general?

I’ve got a lot better, I think it’s definitely helped having healthy snacks like banana and almond butter, rice cakes, dried fruit and nuts. 

What’s your favourite post race meal?

Chinese take away but I’ve gone off it from food poisoning. Or Nandos, which isn’t even too bad for you.

What are you future goals?

We’ve got Worlds next year and then Rio 2016, so two massive years!

Do you listen to music on the run?

Yes a lot of dance or house music, Kayne West, 50 cent and things like that.

Do you do a lot of strength training?

Yes I’ve started doing a lot of that, quite a lot of kettle bell stuff three times a week. I get DOMS when we are introduced to something new though!

Have you had any injury battles?

I had surgery twice last year, I have my Plantaris tendon removed but it got infected so I have to have it sorted. It was really painful. I first felt it in May but I had surgery in September and again in October and it only closed 8 weeks ago, so I ran the whole season with it open. I ran through it in 2014. 

Lynsey Sharp spoke at the Nike Zoom showcase where runners defied the elements in the new Nike Running Flash Pack collection, featuring the Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 and Shield Flash Max Jacket. Available now from nike.com