Lindenberg battles world's best

DESPITE knowing the pain and hurt that lies ahead of her, Tressa Lindenberg insists she is looking forward to competing in the 100km Ultra Marathon World Championships.

Lindenberg leaves for the Netherlands this weekend ahead of her September 10 race against the world’s best runners over the 100km distance.

Last year Lindenberg finished fifth over 50km at the world titles, but has taken a step up in distance to further challenge herself.

After winning the Australian 100km title by more than an hour and a half, Lindenberg is aiming to break the eight-hour mark for the first time in the Netherlands.

To achieve that feat Lindenberg will have to average 4 minutes and 48 seconds per kilometre.

“It’s about trying to be as even timed as you can,” Lindenberg said. “I’ve also got to really focus on coming home strong because the race doesn’t really start until the last 25kms.”

It’s not uncommon for runners to lose all their toenails when competing over this distance.  Lindenberg is constantly battling to have her feet ready for the arduous race.

But the challenge of pushing through the physical and mental barriers is what drives her.

“I guess it’s to see how far you can push your mind when your body has said it’s had enough.”