Haven’t done a blog for ages as I have been really busy with exams and training but I should have more time to update regularly from now on!
Anyway since I last updated I have finished the cross country season. The end of my season could not have gone better as I won the English Schools XC championships in Ilton, Somerset (the photo shown above). This was special as I was a year young (many of my competitors were year 13- I am only year 12) and I had only really envisioned a top 3 finish- so winning was incredible!
After this I took a week break (reluctantly!) on request of my coach to freshen myself up for the track season. My main aim of this season is to achieve the qualifying time in the 5km for the world juniors (of 14.00 minutes). This is a highly ambitious target as I have never run a 5km (on the track) before and only 1 first year junior has ever ran the time, but it gives me a solid goal to aim for in my training.
The season started off quite slowly and it took me a few weeks to start getting back into good form. I have yet to break any of my pb’s from last year but over the last few weeks I have begun to feel much stronger in training and have had a number of good races over 1500m at the southern intercounties where I came first and over 3000m at a BMC (British Milers Club) meet in milton Keynes where I also won. Both of these were fairly slow and tactical races so it was pleasing to win- the time was irrelevant.
This Saturday I am running my first ever 5km (on the track) at A BMC race in Watford in preparation for the world junior trials the next week. There will be pacemakers in the race so there is a big opportunity for a good time… I will let you know how I get on next weekend! :)
Thanks for reading!