Lynsey Sharp

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Lynsey Sharp

Lynsey Sharp is a Scottish track athlete who’s represented Great Britain in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. So far, her most notable achievements include a silver medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and 2 European Championship medals. Her personal best of 1:57.69 in her specialty event the 800m, was ran in the 2016 Rio Olympics final. Lynsey is an LLB (Law) graduate, and successfully balanced full-time studies with  professional training.

“Sometimes you may have a tactical plan in your head but it is impossible to predict how the other seven people are going to run, so it is important to be adaptable.”

800m lifetime progression:

2017 (27 years old) – 1:58.01
2016 (26 years old) – 1:57.69 (Pb)
2015 (25 years old) – 1:57.71
2014 (24 years old) – 1:58.80
2013 (23 years old) – 2:02.63
2012 (22 years old) – 2:00.52
2011 (21 years old) – 2:00.65       
2010 (20 years old) – 2:04.44
2009 (19 years old) – 2:06.92
2008 (18 years old) – 2:10.91i
2007 (17 years old) – 2:10.44
2006 (16 years old) – 2:09.98
2005 (15 years old) – 2:16.57
2004 (14 years old) – 2:25.97
2003 (13 years old) – 2:38.20



Family’s athletic background

Lynsey has likely inherited good portion of her talent from her 2 parents Carol and Cameron, who were both themselves successful track athletes. Her father Cameron sprinted for Great Britain and is a 3x Commonwealth Games bronze medalist and 1x European Championship Silver medalist, while her mom Carol, represented Great Britain across the 800m distance.

Lynsey Sharp training: typical training week in 2012

 

Winter – most days begin with stead 3-4 mile (4.8-6.4km) run in the morning

Monday
Tempo run: 12-20 minutes

Tuesday
3-4 miles steady run with strides.

Wednesday
50min fartlek session

Thursday
Circuits with 25min steady run

Friday
Rest or steady run

Saturday
Grass interval session: 5x3min with 90sec-2min recovery

Sunday
Five-mile run + Oregon Circuit (run-strength session, involving combination of track intervals with strength/core exercises during the rest)

Summer – most days begin with stead 3-4 mile (4.8-6.4km) run in the morning

Monday
Tempo run: 12-20 minutes

Tuesday
Race (pace) specific session. eg. 600/500/400/300m off 3min, 2min, 1min recoveries. All reps at 30-31sec 200m pace.

Wednesday
30 minutes steady run + circuits.

Thursday
Track speed session: 4-6x150m acceleration runs – full rest

Friday
Rest or steady run.

Saturday
Race or 4x200m with 3′ rest in sub 30 seconds

Sunday
Five-mile run + Oregon Circuit (run-strength session, involving combination of track intervals with strength/core exercises during the rest)