Outwitting the Harsh Arctic Conditions
How FWD PH runner Joyette Jopson is physically preparing for the FWD North Pole Marathon
The FWD North Pole Marathon is an adventure and challenge that means the world to FWD PH runner Joyette Jopson. To be able to race and make history for her country, for her sport, and for her FWD family is an opportunity of a lifetime for the seasoned multisport athlete. “I’ve had so many medals, I’ve been to a lot of places to race, but this one’s really, really special. It’s so surreal because you can’t train in the actual conditions because we’re a tropical country. And I’ve never done it, I’ve never even ran in snow before. It’s something I’m not used to, but definitely up for it,” she shares.
To prepare for a marathon in one of the coldest, harshest places on Earth, Joyette, an Elite Athlete, is physically training extensively AND perceptively. Going into the marathon, the running part is the least of her worries because she’s done (and aced) not a few marathons in the past. She knows she can go the distance. What she needs to do is to make sure she is strong enough to race against the hash elements.
“It’s really more the elements that I need to prepare for. I need to be strong so apart from just the running (every other day to avoid injuries), I cross train by swimming, biking, and lifting weights,” she says. “I do a lot of strength training, I do barre3, and I’ve also gone to Primal Ape Cross Fit, to help me with my strength and conditioning.”
On top of all that, she’s been running on several terrains. Because she can’t actually mimic running on snow, the least she can do is run on sand. “I’ve gone to the sand dunes, ran on the beach, I run on trails, lots and lots of trails, because I need to get used to running on different terrains and footholds. So I do run in tracks and on the road as well.”