Wednesday 13 August 2014

Never Give Up On Your Dreams!

I was lucky enough to have tickets to the final night of the Athletics for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

I headed up on Saturday morning driving in torrential rain with my friend Claire who'd come up from Essex.  

What a fantastic night with medals for England in all but one of the track events!  

Mens 4x100m Silver, Mens 4x400m Gold, Womens 4x100m Bronze, Womens 4x400m Bronze.

And highlight of the evening for Claire and I was Jo Pavey in the 5000m getting Bronze at 40 years old.  Such an inspiration and giving such hope to the likes of me as a distance runner still hoping to get better!  

Last night I sat and watched Jo Pavey in the European Champs 10000m and win Gold!  Amazing.

It's made me really think about what I want from my running over the next few years.  At 36 I'm still getting pbs at every distance I compete at and I'm very confident that I have a lot more to give in the marathon.  After seeing Jo at 40 racing better than she ever has it has inspired me to not give up on my dreams.  My aim is to get to either the Europeans or Commonwealths in 2018 for the marathon.  For this to happen I really need to start putting in place a way to get my head together to cope with these aims.  As happened in the lead up to London I just let it consume me to the point of exhausting me on race day - I can't let this happen again!

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