Our three Elite Stars are all having a fabulous 2017 and Megan is no exception. Despite suffering injury and illness through the middle of the year, she’s come back fighting with a superb win at the West Midlands Schools Cross Country Championships. Megan also attends Linda Galvin’s Junior Pilates class on a Wednesday afternoon as part of her training program.
I’ll let Megan tell you more!
After a slow start to the winter season, and having recovered from injury and illness, I’ve had a busy few weeks racing. The season started with Coventry Schools Cross Country where the aim was to qualify to represent Coventry at the West Midlands trials, which went well.
This was followed by the Midland Road Relays where a three-man team run a leg each over a 3.8k loop around Sutton Park. My team Birchfield Harriers finished 9th.
Two weeks later we were back to compete in the National Road Relays where the team finished 20th overall, against some very strong teams from around the country.
Last weekend was the West Midlands Schools Cross Country team trial, again at Sutton Park, which was one of my target races for the season. I came into the race a little unsure of my form having struggled in recent weeks with illness, meaning I had not been able to train as well as I had liked, however I was able to put in a good performance and I was delighted to finish clear of the field and take 1st place. I adapted my tactics for the race to compensate for my lack of fitness, and I was really pleased that I felt stronger as the race went on. It was a good lesson for me in how to adapt my racing to the situation on the day.
Since I last blogged I have also been attending Elite Therapy’s Junior Pilates class, run by Linda Galvin, which I am really enjoying. In the session we work on building core strength and increasing flexibility, which are important for me as a runner to help maintain my form and prevent injury. The class is made up of teenagers who compete in a range of sports, such as ice skating, gymnastics and athletics. As I start to improve my technique I am feeling the benefit of the sessions and think this will be helpful as the season develops.
I have a few weeks off racing now so will start to increase the intensity of my training in preparation for the National Cross Country Relays, and the Schools Inter County competition’s in November.