The past year has been unbelievable. It's actually quite sad that this is almost the end of the 2012 season. Everyone has waited so long for this year to come around and then when it has – it's totally flown by in a matter of weeks! Along the way I've had my fair share of ups and downs but my season as a whole has been a huge success and a major step forward in my development. If someone had told me back at christmas time, when I was hobbling around with a broken foot in a cast for 2 months – that in the summer I would go on to have my most successful season – making the Olympic Games and PB'ing over 1500m,3000m,5000m and 3000m SC.... I would of thought they were a complete nutcase. But, I did. I wish I had another few months of racing left as I really feel like I am coming back into good form again.
Two weeks ago at the Open BMC I set a PB of 3 seconds over 1500m to clock 4.11. Although it was quite a significant PB, I really felt I could run sub 4.10 if I had a few more competitive races. It was the first time ever that I set off 'quick' (for me) and it made such a difference. I felt so much more comfortable running at a quicker pace and in my own space than any of the other 1500m's i've competed in this year. My main problem is definitely confidence, I need to start going off with everyone else rather than sitting at the back of the pack, loping around like Bambi.
|Slovakia Race Accreditation|
|Mysterious bites from Slovakia..|
|My hotel in Italy|
The flight over to Rieti was a long one stopping in Heathrow, before finally arriving in Rome (British Airways)– we then had a 3 hour wait followed by a 2 hour bus ride. I was pretty happy to see my bed that evening. However, I thought I was being clever getting a direct flight (RyanAir) back to Edinburgh. Silly decision. People start queuing about 2 hours before the flight is even due to board, then everyone is pushing there way on the plane to find a seat – it's so hectic. Thankfully, I was so tired from the fact I had only a few hours sleep, that I really wasn't bothered where I would be sitting. Everyone is going to get a seat – so why is there such a rush?! I also don't understand why people bother paying for 'speedy boarding' or some of the other 'advantages' you get by paying for all these extras – at the end of the day, your still on the exact same RyanAir flight as me!
Just last weekend I got the opportunity to start the Toddler's race at the 'Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run'. It was absolutely hilarious watching all these little kids, do their warm ups along side their parents, line up and then take off as soon as the gun went! They were only running 100m – but to these little ones it was a huge event! It really was such a great day out and I cant wait to take my siblings along next year - as The Great Scottish Run was one of my first ever road races when I was little.
I also took a quick visit to catch up with one of my local sponsors Mackays. As many of my family and friends know, I am addicted to Jam – so to be honest, walking into the factory store is like heaven. Paul and Martin Grant are also two of the nicest people, ever! So it's lovely getting the chance to catch up with them both. I also got some amazing goodies! Nom.
Also a quick Thank you to Phiten UK for sending me out some things to try out. Their GB Phiten Necklace along with some moisturisers and kinesio tape. I am still not fully sure of the mechanics behind them, but I have ran two PBs since using them – so they're definitely not coming off any time soon! :)
My last race will be my first ever senior road race, the New York 5th Avenue Mile. To say I am excited about it would be a massive understatement. It's literally all i've been thinking about after the Games. I really cannot wait. Luckily, I got the opportunity a few years ago to go over and watch my mum complete in the New York Marathon for Charity and now I get the chance to experience New York alone! I also get (almost) a full day after my race so hopefully i'll manage to get some sight-seeing in (and some serious shopping). I do however have a little break coming up after New York – a nice little 5 day holiday planned to Calpe, Spain with my lovely boyfriend. It will be the first time i've gone away on a non-running related trip in a long, long time and I seriously can't wait. I will, however, cry if it rains for the duration of our stay. My tan from Portugal is slowly fading and i'm considering fake-tanning for the first time ever. My newly brown hair makes me conscious of how bloody pale my scottish skin is!
It's been a long, long season for me – but one that has been AMAZING. Considering how abrupt my season last year was ended and how much I struggled throughout my injury, everything really has turned round for the best. I honestly couldn’t of asked for any more.
|Nice to see i'm appreciated.. got home to this lovely creation...|