15 Mar XC Season & Plans
Not much has changes as I keep saying really, after the disappointment of last week’s Intercounties I can honestly say that I have to write off this cross country season. Before the season I had high hopes and was seemingly in the best shape of my life coming off the back of such a good summer where I achieved personal bests in every event. I believe that although the winter’s results have been disappointing, training on the other hand has been going well and so it leaves me confused in many respects. I have to take the positives of what has been a long cross season seemingly and focus on the track season ahead in which I am looking forward to with WWT only a matter of two weeks away. I have been asked to race next week in the ‘home counties cross country’ in Wales to finish of the cross season, though I was sure after I crossed the line way back in the field last week that I was not to run 8k again soon. However, 7.2k is the distance on Saturday was somewhat of a surprise and will be an interesting experience should I decide to run.
I have every faith in my coach and his plans for me moving forward as a senior athlete. It has been hard transferring from a junior to a senior on the cross, much harder than I anticipated and even though I may have not had the best year so far I know it is the bigger picture that counts. Athletes all have their ups and downs and dealing with them and coming back is what makes a strong athlete. I know this as I have been on the scene since an under 13 where I first won the Intercounties and have since added many cross country and track titles since. Many have seen me go from being ‘ the one to watch’ to almost a non challenger. But I know I am will be back and back to the top as a challenger for many events and many years to come and for that I am very excited about!
I look forward to watching at the ES tomorrow, yes I do miss running in such a great event! Good luck to everyone who is competing tomorrow, especially Team Staffs!