Ryan Mex; national team trail runner and OCR athlete.

Ryan, first of all, congratulations for all your achievements both in the running scene as well as OCR. Tell us briefly how you became an athlete?

I have always loved sports. Since a young age, I was always kicking footballs or jumping over obstacles at the playing field. I always loved climbing trees, cliff jumping, rock climbing, and all mountain sports. Infact, I discovered trail running while I was on a trekking trip in the Alps. To live a sporty life became a lifestyle, however it was only around 6 years ago that I pursued sports and fitness fully. I think it comes from within; a strong passion for what you do, an incredible desire to keep pushing limits, and willingness to reach your goals.

How do you balance work / life / sports?

That’s a tough question and even tougher in real life to maintain that fine balance. Like everything else, it is always a matter of priorities where you dedicate most of your energy. The great thing about sports is that the more you invest in your training, the more fruit you will reap in performance. If you want to pursue a sports career, then sports must take priority in your life, and that means a lot of sacrifices, spot- on nutrition and clock- work recovery.

Can you share with us some tips about what keeps you going at such a level?

Training has to become your way of life. It involves being very disciplined, very meticulous, very careful what you eat, how much to rest, and quality time for yourself. Ideally, you do not allow external things to stress you, like career or relationships, because you need a lot of energy to put into training.

What were some of your most memorable victories / races?

From the local scene, winning The Grid 6 times in a row, as well as finishing the 17.4km Mdina to Spinola race under 1hr every time I’ve participated in it, 3 times so far.

Internationally, very hard to choose – representing Malta and wearing the Maltese cross in the World Mountain Running Championships in 2017 (Italy), 2018 (Andorra), 2019 (Argentina), being the first Maltese guy to qualify and participate in the Spartan World Championships 2019 (USA), and finally waving the Malta flag on international podiums in the Sicilian Trail Running League as well as first in Age Group in Spartan Italy Orte.

Are you careful with what you eat?

Nutrition is key to performance. Remember, food is our fuel. If we do not fuel right, then we cannot expect the engine to perform right. Most days I train twice a day; that’s around 14-16 hours a week. That’s a considerable time and energy required to pursue the sport, and that can only be achieved long term with good nutrition and enough rest. Nutrition plays such an important role; we must fuel our body with the best fuel possible.

My nutrition is as varied and balanced as possible. Most of the calories I eat are plant based and single ingredient foods. I do eat meat and eggs occasionally, and very rarely dairies. I stay away from processed, pre- packaged food and all kinds of junk food. There is no question that this kind of food is not good and should be avoided. I try my best to steer away from added preservatives, chemicals, salts, sugars, sweeteners.

Ryan, thanks for your time, we at BEET wish you best of luck in your sports endeavours. Find out more about Ryan Mex and his international races on instagram /facebook on https://www.instagram.com/ryan__mex/
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My nutrition is as varied and balanced as possible. Most of the calories I eat are plant based and single ingredient foods. I do eat meat and eggs occasionally, and very rarely dairies. I stay away from processed, pre- packaged food and all kinds of junk food. There is no question that this kind of food is not good and should be avoided. I try my best to steer away from added preservatives, chemicals, salts, sugars, sweeteners.

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