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We hear from Alicia Loxley, female ambassador for the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival.

Australian journalist and news presenter Alicia Loxley is resuming her ambassador role for the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival this year. Expecting her first child in December with husband Kane, avid runner Alicia is taking it a little easier this time around and will join fellow walkers in the 3.7km course. Currently based in Melbourne as Channel 9’s weekend newsreader, Alicia’s thriving career in journalism has taken her to Western Australia, Sydney and over to London as part of the reporting team covering the Olympics. Committed to ensuring exercise always remains a part of her busy schedule, Alicia hopes to one day complete the New York marathon. Here she shares some of her exercise and preparation advice in the lead up to the big day.

What training do you do to help you prepare for the event?

Normally, I’d be running every second day in the lead up and doing some interval training as well. At the moment, I’m just doing a lot of walking.

Do you train by yourself or with friends?

I train by myself most of the time, I like running at my own pace and usually talk too much if I’m with someone else!

What does a typical working week involve for you?

My work week actually starts on a Saturday. I’m the weekend newsreader for Nine News in Melbourne and so I head into makeup on Saturdays and Sundays around midday. I then write and read news updates on the hour in the lead up to news time at 6 o’clock and do the same afterwards. During the week I’m on reporting duties, so I file stories for the 6pm news.

What tips do you have to combine a busy life with training for an event?

Set achievable goals. If you think too much about it, you’ll talk yourself out of it. Getting up early and going for a run is a great way to fit in exercise, although it can be extremely difficult when it’s dark and cold in the morning. Otherwise, organise to meet someone for a run, it’s much harder to pull out that way!

What are your favourite training runs around Melbourne?

I love running around Studley Park in Abbotsford, there’s a 7km loop I follow that’s nice and hilly, so it’s quite challenging.

Do you listen to music while you run?

For me, listening to music is essential when running, I tend to go for something I can sing along to, in my head of course… like Beyonce, Kanye West or the National.

What advice do you have for people looking to participate in their first event at the Melbourne Marathon festival?

Just enjoy it! It’s a magnificent course and finishing inside the MCG is incredible. Just don’t go too fast at the start, it’s easy to get carried away with so many people around.

What is the best health advice you have received?

Everything in moderation.

Do you have any exercise aspirations?

I’d love to complete a marathon and NYC is definitely on the list.

For more information visit www.melbournemarathon.com.au

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