A lot has happened since my last blog, so I’m aiming to be clear and concise to bring us back up to date!
I spent a brilliant week training down in the New Forest, on the miles of forest trails amongst wild ponies and wilder athletes, before flying out to California to start my outdoor season.
My first race was the 1500m at the Mt Sac Relays, which I won in 3.40.32 after a mix up meant that the B race ended up with both our pacemakers – leading us to fend for ourselves! Watch the race here.
After that, and a hugely enjoyable few weeks spent in San Clemente, it was time to experience the magic of Stanford that I had heard so much about. Suffice it to say, Palo Alto didn’t disappoint, and with the help of Matt Scherer’s pacing, I won the race, and ran an Olympic A qualifying time of 3.35.19. Watch the race here.
Having achieved the A standard, I had a day to celebrate with a trip to Alcatraz in San Francisco, before flying home for a four week block of hard training. To mark the end of this block of hard work, I flew out to Ostrava in the Czech Republic to take part in the prestigious Golden Spike meeting, in the Emil Zatopek memorial 3000m. I was very pleased with my race, finishing 3rd against a strong African field in a big PB of 7.39.86 to go to number 6 on the UK all-time list.
From there, after another couple of weeks training, it was on to Lille, where I won the 1500m against a strong field in cool and blustery conditions, running 3.36.70. It was a great meeting, with a great crowd in a fantastic stadium.
Following hot on the heels of the Lille 1500m, it was time for me to step down in distance to run an 800m at the Folksam GP in Gothenburg. Whilst 11 degrees and windy conditions weren’t ideal, there was a strong field and after a (perhaps slightly too) aggressive first 300m, I finished with a time of 1.47.80 to get the workout I needed looking ahead to the Olympic trials in Birmingham…