Walking into the Olympic Stadium for the first time this week was incredible. I had an image of it in my head but to walk out onto the track was so special and really brought everything I’m working towards to life. Myself and fellow Scottish athlete Eilish McColgan were lucky enough to get a sneak peek into the stadium yesterday at an event, standing on the track at the Olympic Stadium talking to Seb Coe was all a little bit surreal!
Only five months ago I was doing some of my training during the frozen winter in an underground tunnel in Edinburgh but I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time in warmer climates preparing myself for the biggest few months of my life as I bid to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics. I was recently out in Portugal spending some time training with my coach Dave Sunderland. It was amazing to spend a good block training with Dave every day and a great group of athletes. Away from university work and any distraction, I really focused mentally and physically on the outdoor season.
The difference between winter and summer training is all about progress in performance, it’s about transitioning from endurance work to speed endurance work and it’s about preparing yourself to perform at your best when it counts.
This weekend will be an opportunity for me to experience the Olympic Stadium in a competition environment. I’m going to be running in the 400m which isn’t my main event but it will be good to test myself in the shorter distance.
After this weekend, I’m going to be racing in a few events in my 800m discipline in May and early June and then it will be all building to the Olympic Trials down in Birmingham on the 22-24 June. That’s the crucial event which will see all the GB athletes doing their best to claim a place on the team for London 2012.
It’s all come around so fast. This time last year, I didn’t think I’d be in the position I’m in now. I’ve been running some good times in training and I’m feeling fresh going into the crucial time in the season.
Experiencing the empty stadium was amazing and it will be good to compete in front of a crowd this weekend. I’ve tried on the kit; I’ll have run on the track, it will then just be down to me continuing to work hard and doing everything I can to make the team for the Olympics.
Walking out into the empty stadium sent shivers down my spine. In early August there will be 80,000 spectators filling the stadium, it’s hard to imagine how it would feel walking out in front of them but I’ll be doing my best to ensure I find out.