3000m - Madrid
Last Thursday I stepped up for my first indoor race since 2015! I have always loved racing indoors, but since shifting my focus to transitioning to the steeplechase it hadn’t quite fit into the plans, but I am very pleased to be back pounding the boards.
Heading into the race last week I was feeling pretty nervous. I’m recently back from a fantastic training camp in Iten, Kenya, and will reluctantly admit I have actually enjoyed my winter training this year. I’m sure I will live to regret that admission in November! The point I’m trying to make, is that you can do however much great training you like, but it’s competition that counts. The first race out is your first opportunity to test out your efforts.
Madrid had some high calibre speedy ladies lining up for the 3000m, and with nothing to lose I vouched to throw my hat in the ring and give it a good go. From the gun I got after this race, and in the very first lap it was clear that the pacer had got out fast. I let my racing brain take over, and opted to sit off from the lead pack. The indoor track has a habit of making gaps appear enormous, but I stayed focused, ran efficiently, and gradually, over the course of 2000m I bridged the gap back to the leaders. I felt strong, and confident, so moved to the front to make a run for home. I ran hard that evening, gave it my all, and was rewarded with an outright 3000m personal best.
This race made me realise how much I have missed the indoor season, the atmosphere on the smaller 200m track is incredible! I’ve definitely got the fire in my belly, and am excited to line up again tomorrow in the 3000m at the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships.