Revista de Medicina Desportiva (English) November 2018 - Page 4

Rev. Medicina Desportiva informa, 2018; 9(6):2 very healthy lifestyle and to avoid a lot of things throughout our life. How do you feed a body that can’t be heavy, but it needs a lot of energy to train? Inês Henriques World champion of the 50 km athletic march You graduated as a nurse, but being a race walker is your passion, isn’t it? The athletic march since very early became a priority in my life, but my parents never let me to neglect the studies and from the beginning I understood how important was to have a profession to be readier for the post-career. I decided to graduate as a nurse because I enjoyed the health area and also because of the proximity of the school, which made possible the sports career and the learning process. How this like commitment and dedication arouse? The track and field came up on my life when I was 12 years old, in 1992. On the beginning I just ran some local races in the county of Rio Maior and, later, I tried the sports march because there was a big group of kids practicing under the influence and motivation of a junior world champion Susana Feitor (1991). The commitment and dedication always existed, but in the first years my coach Jorge Miguel only let me train three times / week … but as far as I was concerned, I’d have trained every day. How much and how do you weekly train? I train twice a day, 12 to 13 weekly sessions. The morning train is athletic march and specific, and the rhythm and the number of kms varies on a daily basis. I also go to the gym to reinforce the weakest parts of my body and for injury prevention. The afternoon training is to recover, and I can do march, running, elliptical and running in the pool. To be the best in the world requires much care. Tell us some? Yes, it is necessary to have some care about nutrition, recovery, rest, to have a 2 november 2018 www.revdesportiva.pt Normally I don’t have any problems with the weight on the 50 km race I need to have some reserves by the fact the race lasts 4 hours. I try to have a balanced and varied diet, which is something I always have done at home. I do my meals at the Sports Center of Rio Maior, where there is nutritional support and the meals are thought and adapted to the athletes. How do you train the psychological to be a winner? It is very important to work all the psychological aspects. I already worked with two psychologists and whenever I need support, I ask them for it. But for me it is important to grab the tools that both gave to me and to find inside me what motivates to overpass the less easy moments and to work every day these aspects. When I’m preparing a 50 km competition, I try to conciliate the physical training with the psychologi- cal training, during the long and specific trainings, trying to do the same routines I do during the competition. 50 km race because he knew I could make the difference in that distance because of all work that was done during my career. And the family? My family is not the kind to follow me in the races, but they are always supporting me a lot and they are always my shelter, whatever is the result! What’s the most important for me of all my last achieve- ments is to feel that my parents and the rest of the family are proud of their “little girl”. And the medical support has been enough? Fortunately, it got better during the last years. I have medical support at the sports center in Rio Maior, from the Olympic Committee of Portugal, I have a physiotherapeutic in Rio Maior and I’m also supported by a nutritionist. When a problem can’t be solved in Rio Maior or I need to make some medical exams, I ask for support at the medical department of the Portuguese Federation of Athlet- ics, that sometimes can give an answer as fast as needed. Because of repeated physical problems we had to include in the team another physiotherapeutic to give me support in the training camps and competitions. In all of this, the coach is certainly a very important person… With no doubt, Jorge Miguel is my master. If I am an athlete, it is because of him. We’ve been working together for 26 years, we have very similar ways of living and, although we don’t agree in all, we cer- tainly trust in the work of each other, and we both have the same objectives, that are do more and better. He challenged me to be the first world recordist on the After being world champion, what motivates you, what is the next goal? After the achievement of the European and World champion titles, first I have to fight to include the women 50 km race in the Olympics and, if I succeed, I want to work to get a medal at the Olympic games in Tokyo in 2020.