This season I have definitely exceeded my expectations and I am really happy with the way things have gone so far. I have worked so hard and I am excited for the future to see where my running can take me.
You have made great improvements this year what would you put this down to?
This year came to me as a bit of a surprise with the running as i actually intended to concentrate on my hockey as i was currently in the U18 England hockey team and had U21 GB trials coming up. During this time (September ish) I was doing a lot of my own running training and fitting it around my hockey. I decided to race in the McCain Cross Challenge in Bristol where i really surprised myself and came 2nd. From then on i went back to training in my group and started to make huge improvements. After just missing out on the Europeans after coming 7th in Liverpool, i decided to fully focus on my running. My training has definitely increased and i put my improvement’s down to being able to concentrate on one sport, my coach and the training partners i have who push me in each session.
How did you feel when you got the call to say that you would represent Great Britain at Edinburgh?
When i got the call up to represent GB in Edinburgh, I quite literally couldn’t believe it as i never expected to be given the opportunity to represent GB in running. What made it extra special was the fact there were 3 of us from the same club, Bobby and Alex Clay and myself in the Junior women GB team.
Could you give us a typical training week?
Tuesday’s and Thursday are my main training sessions which consists of interval sessions or fartlek sessions both a mixture of speed and endurance. I also tend to double run on these days, doing 30 mins easy in the morning. Mondays and Wednesdays i do gym sessions in the morning, and long runs in the evening, around 60-80 minutes at a good pace. Saturdays is either race day or Hill session and Sundays is the longest run, usually 90 minutes easy. Fridays is always my rest day
Do you train by yourself or do train you train in a group?
I always do my sessions in a group and occasionally do my recovery/long runs by myself.
What has been your highest mileage week?
I have no idea, i have never calculated my mileage per week.
What is your favourite session and why?
Definitely hill sessions are my favourite. We usually go to train in really nice woods with killer hills but you always feel like you have worked hard after a good hill session.
Who inspires you the most?
Of course i look up to the great runners such as Fionnuala Britton, Lisa Dobriskey, Jo Pavey and many more who have achieved or are achieving everything i dream of doing. But someone who has really inspired me is a former GB triple jumper Michelle Robinson, who was known as Michelle Griffith. She has worked along side me, not only with some aspects of training such as power and speed but she also gave me the confidence and made me believe in myself. She is the most positive person i know and has helped me so much in my sporting career.
What are your plans for the rest of the cross-country season?
I just plan to take each race as it comes. I am currently training hard for my next race which is the World trials in Birmingham and i hope to try and make it into the team for Worlds.
What are your aims for the track season?
I haven’t even began to think about track season yet. In previous years i have never really had a specific distance and did a mixture of 800m, 1500m and 3000m. This track season i hope to find my preferred distance and focus on that and see how far I can go.
If you could give a ‘Rebecca Weston’ tip what would it be?
It would have to be, self confidence and belief in yourself is one of the most important things in running. It can make all the difference.