European Junior Champion
Natasha Harrison is a 400m runner. In 2018, she was a finalist at the European Youth Championships and in 2019 became European Junior Champion, running the first leg in the 4x400m.
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I was advised by a Sport and Exercise Doctor to use the Edge products and upon his advice started using the female runner test. This allows us to monitor my biomarkers to see how they change across the season. I can easily compare how my levels change across different periods of training and ensure that any issues are highlighted so that I can train and race to the best standard.
Natasha started running at an early age. Her primary school teacher was keen on everyone being involved in cross country. After finishing highly in school cross country races and competing for her borough she joined Stockport Harriers. Natasha then went on to run 800m as a Junior and won national medals at this distance.
As an U18 she began to compete over 400m and has gone on to compete for Great Britain over this distance. In 2018, Natasha was a finalist over 400m at the European Youth Championships and in 2019 became the European Junior Champion, running the first leg in the 4x400m. She is also the English Schools 400m record holder and has represented England Seniors at Manchester International, winning the 400m and second as part of the 4x400m. Competing all over Europe and meeting other athletes from different countries is what keeps her motivated. Most recently she became double BUCS Indoor Champion in 400m and 4x200m relay with Loughborough University.
When not studying or training, she likes to bake, especially cinnamon swirls and brownies.
Natasha is using our Female Runner test to learn more about her hormones, key biomarkersand how this can help monitor her health and training load.
“I was advised by a Sports Doctor to use the Edge tests, particularly the Female Runner test to keep track and monitor my biomarkers across the season. Having a history of low iron, Edge really helps me to keep track of when I need to supplement and see how training is effecting my body. Edge has helped me improve my energy levels and therefore has had a key impact in my performance successes.”
What is your pre-competition meal?
My pre-competition meal is couscous or pasta with chicken, which works both before and between events!
Favourite music for motivation?
I like to listen to Adele.
What is your go-to treat?
Cinnamon Swirls are my favourite treat.
What Superhero would you be?
Spiderman so I can quickly get to places.
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I use the Female Runner and MyFORM® tests to track hormone fluctuations and all my key biomarkers. The Edge tests together with the amazing team have been a game changer in getting to the bottom of hormone imbalances I was having due to being in an energy deficit. Luckily we got to the bottom of the problem quickly which helped avoid me getting RED-S and I now do regular testing to make sure I am keeping on top of everything as I want to get the best out of myself.
LEJOG World Record Holder
The Female Runner Test by Edge feels like it was designed specifically for me. I started using Edge because I want to ensure that when I am training for a big event I am not pushing my body so hard that I am compromising my health.
3rd at 2019 Great North Run
We started exploring Edge when I (Lily) was struggling to recover after the Olympic Marathon Trials. Through Edge analysis it was discovered that my cortisol and testosterone levels had crashed. This signalled to me that I had gone over the edge and needed rest. I tested again 4 months later after a much-needed break and my levels had returned to a healthy level. Ben also had testing done post Olympics as he was struggling to return and knew something wasn’t right. It was good to get clarity and to understand our physical health in finer detail.
Team GB Marathon
As an endurance athlete I know how easy it is to tip the balance from training and pushing your limits by ‘over-reaching’, to over training and having the potential to be injured. This is where MyFORM® has really been able to help. Tracking my hormones over my entire menstrual cycle has enabled me see the impact my training is having and avoid putting stress on my body resulting in a loss of periods.
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