Richard Seglenieks

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Name: Dr Richard Seglenieks, Resident Medical Officer

Event: Adelaide Marathon

Date: 23 August 2015

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Taking on a marathon is no mean feat, so we greatly appreciate anyone who puts on their running shoes for safer surgery. On 23 August, Dr Richard Seglenieks is doing just that at the Adelaide Marathon.

We caught up with Richard, a Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital to learn more.

What motivated you to support Lifebox®?

I have a keen interest in anaesthesia and perioperative safety, and I am actively involved in research in these areas – particularly looking at factors associated with postoperative complications and developing new models of care to improve quality and safety. While my involvement has been entirely within the developed world, I acknowledge that far greater risks are faced by individuals undergoing surgical procedures in developing countries. This is where our efforts can have the greatest impact and I hope that the funds I raise will help Lifebox in addressing this critical issue.

What does safe surgery mean to you?

Surgery has inherent risks that can never be completely removed. Safe surgery means using our best current knowledge to minimise these risks and to ensure that nobody suffers unnecessarily due to inadequate information or resources.

Why did you decide to take on this marathon?

Mainly as a personal challenge. I’ve always wanted to run a marathon and I realised that I’m not getting any younger! The decision to use the opportunity for fundraising came afterwards, to maximise the benefit that can be derived from my efforts.

How much training is involved?

More than I realised beforehand. After getting past a distance of 10km, my training schedule involves running further than I have ever run in two out of every three weeks of training. While it is tough on the body, I find the biggest challenge is maintaining the motivation and mental fortitude to keep putting one foot in front of the other while ‘just training’.

What advice would you give to anyone preparing for a marathon?

Pick your marathon in advance and adapt a training plan for that specific marathon. Having a very specific, ultimate goal in mind makes all the difference when your body is struggling and enthusiasm wanes. Stick to the plan as much as possible, wear good shoes, eat well, stay hydrated and pay attention to your body. Some aches and pains are to be expected but there is a very real risk of injury which can create a major setback. Better to skip a day or two of running or change from road running to a treadmill than to miss your goal altogether.