|Training squad in Portugal|
|Finally some sunshine!|
|A full 2 months without killing each other... success. Myself and Muhktar|
On my return from Kenya, I decided last minute to test myself over a 3000m indoors at the Birmingham Grand Prix. Unsure as to how the altitude would affect me, I was very wary about how I would feel! Luckily for me, I reacted really well and came away with a new PB. As I was only a few seconds off the European Indoor Championships Qualifying time – I decided to accept an invite to race another 3000m Indoor at the Stockholm GP. I came away with another PB, this time a big chunk off my outdoor time – 8.49 and a second place behind Dibaba. To be fair though, she was so far ahead I could only just see her perky little bum metres ahead in the distance! It was clear that altitude training definitely works for me, so when I was given the opportunity to head out to Font-Rome in April, I jumped at the chance.
|Birmingham Indoors GP|
The scenery out in Font is genuinely unbelievable - although I was ready to end my life when the temperature dropped so rapidly. One day I was out sunbathing in a bikini – the next day, I wake up to 10ft of snow, in minutes. Some of the athletes retreated to the underground car park and did their long sunday runs around a 75second circle – luckily for me, I managed to find a 2mile loop at the lake - of which a snow-plough had just cleared the way. God clearly thought we were too lucky though and decided to start a snow storm, which then meant the next few hours were spent trapped in the car, at the bottom of the mountain. One of the coaches decided to try and get wheel spikes for the car but the service station had run out of them! Luckily for us – they certainly hadn’t ran out of pain au chocolats and take-away pizzas. Our snow adventure was complete.
|Preparing to run in the snow storm...|
|Made it to the top! 6mile hill session!|
|Myseld and Dean.. frozen to death|
|Pizza in the bath after a TOUGH, SNOWY day...|
Another last minute decision to race the Loughborough International was made after a few decent sessions at sea-level.
My first race of the season – 1500m went really well. I managed to knock off two seconds from my personal best to record a 4.09. It also meant I clocked a Scottish Commonwealth Games Standard for 2014 – which is always a bonus! For hours and hours prior to the race, my mum had told myself and Morag (my good friend and training partner from Dundee) that we were both in sub 4.10 shape – and that in order to hit those times we needed to run a 66 first lap. She was constantly banging on and on about this, so when we both heard 68... our hearts dropped! I knew we were in for a bollocking unless we got a move on! Luckily, my legs felt great and so I managed to kick on over the last lap and drag my time back down to a 4.09. It's a far cry from my 4.26 opener last year so hopefully that's a sign of what is to come this season! The weather was perfect though, which is a first for the UK!
Not going to lie, it wasn't the most exciting few days of my life! I spent three days in Loughborough before heading down to London for the Olympic Garden Party at Buckingham Palace! But in the space of those three long, long, looooong, boring days... I watched a disgusting amount of 'car-crash TV'. More specifically, (and I apologise in advance.. I am cooler than this, I promise), 5 episodes of Britain’s Got Talent, 2 episodes of The Voice, 1 episode of The Valleys, 1 episode of Made in Chelsea (this doesn’t count as it's amazing) aaaaaand 2 episodes of The Apprentice. I did dispute, internally in my head, as to whether I should admit to this or not... Probably not.
|Ready for the Garden Party!|
The Garden Party at Buckingham Palace was thankfully a lot more exciting. Obviously, I was slightly upset that my chance to become royalty quickly vanished at the no-show of Prince Harry but the sight of the Queen and Kate Middleton, got me through such a tough time. It was pretty sweet getting the opportunity to walk through Buckingham Palace towards the gardens – although by the grand scale of it, it's not quite a 'garden', more a huge park! It was all quite a posh occasion – of which all of Team GB were meant to be in their matching 'Official Next Formalwear'. Not Eilish though, as usual, I couldn't find my GB dress! So it was a last minute scurry around my wardrobe to find a 'summer dress'. I also then realised, I had no shoes other than my trainers – cue my boyfriend's amazing sister, Katie – I had a lovely pair of flat shoes. Then... I realised I didn't have any black tights, which meant I spent the full two hours annoying my boyfriend asking if my dress was too short, if it had moved or if my bum was exposed. Queenie would not have been happy with me. This was all topped off by the fact, I also didn't have a hat! I think I can forget about marrying into royalty anytime soon...
|Living the high life... Shreddies in a cup. Playa.|
It was also pretty cool getting to watch Tyson Gay and David Rudisha warming up after I had finished running. Both athletes, I have never actually had the chance to see in real-life – they are raaaaapid. Another favourite was Blanka Vlasic – I always get ripped for saying this – but she is unbelievable looking! I was too shy/depressed to ask for any pictures so your just going to have to take my word on those hard-earned facts I have produced for you guys!
|Scraping my hair back for a 7.5 hour flight... creating my 5head.|
|The best 'candy' in the world.|
It's been a long time since I last wrote on here – hence this novel - eeek. Good riddance for another few months! :D