Yarham primed for US college stint after Brisbane triumph
FOR the distance runner, life is a race against the clock.
For Glen Yarham, the metaphor carries much more meaning as he juggles a serious athlete's schedule, work, university exams and a pending move overseas.
Yarham was off to a third year university exam in molecular biology yesterday, the day after winning the 14km City2South footrace in Brisbane.
He was grateful he wasn't feeling the negative effects of his own biology (aching body) the day after the race.
"I was pretty happy," he said.
"I knew going into the race I would be one of the stronger runners. But I've never run over 14km before.
"You don't know how you're going to feel afterwards.
"Fortunately I didn't pull up too sore."
The top three and four of the top five men's competitors were Ipswich runners.
Yarham beat home Bellbird Park's Daryl Crook (45.05) by seven seconds, with Springfield's Jay Twist (45.11) third and Alastair Stevenson (46.03) fifth.
Yarham had to give up his job as Ipswich Girls' Grammar School cross-country coach and assistant athletics coach to pursue a stint in US college athletics.
Given the list of high priorities, the 21-year-old from Collingwood Park could be forgiven for letting his running schedule slide.
But Yarham is not one for wasting idle moments.
"Time and discipline, I guess," he said of the secrets to his juggling act.
"When it is something you love that much, you find time."
Yarham is fortunate his job helps, rather than hinders, his running.
"It's been very beneficial," he said. "I've had a lot of early morning runs.
"I'm coaching the senior girls for cross-country, so I'm running with them and pacing them.
"It's beneficial to me and the girls."
In two weeks, Yarham moves to Florida to enrol at Florida State University.
There he will complete his degree in molecular and cell biology, while having his every need as an athlete catered for.
"They fully support you," he said of the university.
"They provide all your coaching, gear and medical needs, including physio and massage.
"Plus it's more intense.
"More competition to help push me to the next level."
Not surprisingly, given his victory, Yarham had high praise for the City2South race, urging others to get involved next year.
It began at Brisbane's Botanical Gardens and ended at West End's Musgrave Park, taking in Coronation Drive and the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus on the way.
"It was one of the best runs I've ever done," Yarham said.
"I highly rate it."
The City2South win was a pleasure for him but Yarham's main goal for the year is the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Cross Country titles at the end of November.
"Everything in the next six months works towards that," he said. "If you finish in the top 40, you get an all-American honour.
"I think it is what most collegiate athletes strive for.
"So to get it in my first season, I'd be pretty stoked."
Yarham will need everything to go right, or time might beat him.
"I'm in reasonable form," he said.
"I've had some bad luck with injuries but in the last six months I've been fortunate to be injury free.
"With the next six months of training, I can work towards where I need to be."