Brad Milosevic – New Kid on the Block

photoBrad Milosevic is not a name most people in the running community would be familiar with. But if the last 12 months are anything to go by, this runner from the western suburbs of Sydney may soon be a regular on the podium at many of the country’s major road races. Most recently he placed 2nd in the City to Surf in what was the end of a fantastic couple of months of racing.

Photo by Chris Lew

2014 looks like a breakthrough year for you. What do you think has lead to the improvements?

Yeah it has been a very good season so far, especially in the last month where I have had some really positive results. Consistency is what I think has been key to this happening. I’ve been running for 13 years and with the last 7 years under Ken Green I have just been doing the work and progressing slowly.

What tactics did you have for the City 2 Surf?

I haven’t run the C2S for 8 years so I only remembered the course vaguely. Ken sent me a text the night before “Be positive and aggressive”. I have watched the race and the critical point is Heartbreak Hill. That’s when the race really starts. I knew it would be important to get to the top in a good position, but the hills around 9 to 11km stuck in my mind and having something in the tank was a must. It’s often the difference between a good and a bad one.

What will you do in the week after a major race to recover?

The C2S is a taxing race, you need to treat it as a half marathon in terms of recovery. It counted as my end of season “national cross country” so I will take it easy and just run around an hour a day for the week until Saturday.

Which race do you remember most fondly, 2nd at the City 2 Surf, winning your first senior title at the State Short Course XC or placing second in the Gold Coast Half?

That’s a tough one! They all have defining moments and feelings about them. The C2S result is a little surreal. To get on the podium was amazing. It’s the race everyone can relate to and everyone has their PB, so to have a good result is very special.

The Short course XC was not only my first title but a first for my club (Girraween) in Men’s track/road and XC events. However, I would have to say Gold Coast is the standout. I had been training well and had some good races, but to convert it to a race is not always easy. It was certainly my break though race. It was a massive PB and to stand on the podium next to Ruben Kosgei , a former Olympic champion was an amazing feeling. It gave me a lot of confidence to run well in the NSW XC and C2S.

What does a normal week of training look like?

Mon – 16km
Tue – am 8k easy
pm Session (Mona fartlek)
Wed – mid week long run 80min
Thur – am 8k easy
pm 16k solid (15min effort in middle or towards end)
Fri – 12-16km
Sat – am session (8x 800m off 1min recovery or hill reps)
pm 8k easy
Sun – 2hrs

What’s your favourite session?

Nothing beats a good long run with the squad or up at Falls Creek.

Have you planned when you think you might do your next marathon?

Not really. It’s something that you need to work backwards from and have a good plan in place – from training to lead up races – all working towards the goal of a running a marathon.

I will look to run one next year for sure. I raced Beppu-Oita in Japan 2013 and it didn’t quite go to plan from 35km onwards, but the timing of it in Feb suited as it was off a training block at Falls Creek. There are good races domestically, like Gold Coast and Melbourne, but I’m not sure how they will fit in with the overall calendar of racing for the coming 12 months.

What’s next on your racing schedule?

I guess it’s a bit of a transitional time of year, with all the state events wrapped up it’s a couple of months before I will get on the track and start the summer season. Zatopek 10 (Dec) and World XC trial (Feb) will be the main goal over the new year. But before then another half, maybe Melbourne or Sydney and Burnie 10 are on the radar. It’s a long time until summer so I will look to race and keep some momentum going.