Why do you like sprinting?
“I like speed. I don’t do long distance because I will get an itch to run faster. And if I do, I will not last the distance. I’ve never run a marathon before. The longest I’ve done was 10km, and it felt like forever. Sprints are quick; they last only 10 seconds.”
Do you run for leisure?
“I would go for a run in the park if it’s a recovery day or off-season between competitions. More often than not, I would go swimming or cycling instead. Doing different sports is important because it reduces the load on the limbs. Sprinting can put pressure of up to three times your body weight.”
What’s your training like?
“Track and field is an interesting sport. We do many different types of training for strength, agility, flexibility, speed and endurance. There are many factors that make up a sprint. It’s not just running. I train six days a week, and sprint sessions are only around twice a week.”
How can sprinting benefit average runners?
“Sprint training helps in team sports like football and rugby, where there are lots of quick movements. It’s also functional because it can help condition your body for times when short bursts of energy are needed.
Want to know how Calvin warms up? Check out the video below.