Gemma Hockett – Marathon Runner
June 8th, 2018
A keen runner from a young age, Gemma Hockett (also known as Marathon Girl), was a sprinter at school before life and work got in the way. She started jogging again in an attempt to get fit, then signed up for a 10km run and later, a half marathon. Five years later she is now a competitive marathon runner, documenting her experiences via her popular running blog and social media channels.
Gemma knows how the importance of sleep can aid rest and recovery, both during training and before a big race day so she was looking forward to seeing how the new Activsleep range could help her get a better night’s sleep and support her during her progression in the UK rankings. We caught up with Gemma to see how her new bed, the Activ Ortho Firm Support, has been helping her achieve this.
What have you been up to recently?
Following the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in April, I have been working through an injury, focusing on strength and rehabilitation before looking to re-introducing running again in the autumn.
What is your training regime/daily routine?
When I am marathon training I am training six days a week, usually twice a day. Alongside the running I have two gym sessions per week, some cross training, core work and a yoga session.
How have you slept in the past?
Naturally a light sleeper, I am sensitive to noise/light and my partner moving around. I used to wake-up to a stiff neck during the night at least a couple of times a week too.
Has your sleep quality altered at all since receiving your new bed?
It has altered. I opted for the Activ Ortho Firm Support mattress, which is a lot firmer than I have ever slept on before - this means less bed movement and I am lot more comfortable. I am switching off and waking up a lot less. The neck pain I highlighted has subsequently gone away and my sleep feels deeper.
How has your Sealy helped your lifestyle?
Working through injury means sleep has become even more important – helping my body to heal. I think subconsciously because I know a lot of thought and effort has gone into the design of the bed (and it feels great), I genuinely look forward to getting into bed in the evenings because I know it is going to benefit me.
Why is sleep so important to your training – does a bad night/good night sleep affect how you perform?
To perform at my best and to keep healthy, sleep is vital. Combining my training with a full time job means I get up early each morning to train. I don’t have hours of rest to waste, so every hour counts along with the quality of it.
Banking sleep on the week leading up to a marathon is paramount. I push my body to its limit – I need to be able to get into that zone towards the later stages of the race. If I am tired I simply can’t go to that place. If I become tired during my training cycle my performance always suffers and I become more susceptible to niggles and illness, so rest and recovery is an area of my training I take very seriously.
For more information about Gemma Hockett visit her website here.