Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Getting up at 6.30 a.m for bus to the airport.
Time to Zzzzzzzzzz...
Saturday, June 26, 2010
So here I am in Germany. Today I had a meet here. I warmed up and got ready to roll. The usual big headphones, ganster rap etc...I was legging it down the track and having a lovely battle with Nytra (Good German hurdler) at hurdle10 we were together (i like to think I was edging it) and I do love a good battle so I was nice andf happy. Then disaster struck. I hit 10 hard with my trail leg and crashed out of the race. Im talking full on fall. I was falling coming off the hurdle and momentum got me near the finish but I just fell flat out at the finish. On an entertaining side note adrenaline kicked in and I crawled (oh the shame!) to the line. Im not sure why I did this. Somewhere in my brain I had to finish. To make things worse I got a big sympathy clap from the crowd. DOR prefers claps of appreciation of fast runs NOT boo hoo poor Irish girl cant stay on her feet claps!
I qualified for the final due to my heroic/embarrassing crawl. But I rang the boss (Sean) and was told hell no to running after the fall. In fairness I was bleeding on my ribs hips arms and knees so perhaps it was a sensible call.
To finish I have never ever fallen in a hurdles race! Ive always felt it was inevitable but I have never done it. I always look at hrdlers like Lolo Jones or Perdita Felicien and think ouch thats gotta hurt but they must be running fast to lose control like that.
Cest la vie. These things happen.
If I find a video of it Ill post it.
ps I have loads of cuts but I think the body came through it fine no muscles or bones hurt. Just a bruised ego!!!!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
The Good the Bad and the Ugly!
I’m sitting here on my flight home from the Europa cup (Yeah yeah European team championships blah blah!) As per the title of this blog I shall go with the headings.
I came 2nd and broke 13 seconds in the hurdles, 12.80. I’ve never broken 13 at Europa cup nor have I ever got my bum down the track any faster than this outside of a championship race. I was a bit dissappointed at being beaten, I dipped Colin Jackson style but alas today it was not enough for the win.
The relay was second and picked up some valuable points along the way. Second is a very good placing in this division for the relay and it just shows how well the ladies team are doing.
Finally the best part is that our Team stayed up in this division. Hooray Hooray Hooray. Normally we are struggling to stay up but this year the team really nailed it and remained in this division easily. I think we ended up 8th overall, 11th and 12th get relegated. Some of the younger athletes really stepped up and produced some amazing performances. They really showed signs of great things to come in the future and made me really proud to be team captain.
The women’s hurdles standard was super. I think 4 people went sub 13. Also there was a lady in the field by the name of Kallur. Susanna Kallur is an amazing sprint hurdler and someone who I’ve always thought was really great. She is a legend in sprint hurdles, world indoor record holder. She has been injured for a long time (as someone who has had many injuries I understand how shite it is!) and is getting back now. I know how amazing she is and by Europeans I fully expect her to be running very very fast. I think its great for the event that she is back and I’m excited about her and all the girls who will be running fast at Euro’s. If it was easy everyone would be doing it!
My baton change to Ailis in the relay was woeful. I will put my hands up and say I kinda messed it up (yes yes believe it or not I can admit my mistakes) There was a headwind down the back straight and I was running into it. This meant that by the time I reached Ailis I was kinda fecked and just could not reach her at the speed I normally would. I had to scream at her to slow and she literally had to jog to take the baton. These things happen and to still run 44.5 and come second I think shows that the relay team is gonna run very fast at some point this season.
The hurdles were not pretty. I have a lot to do but it’s nothing that comes as a surprise. This week Sean was at the race with me. It was good to have him in warm up and then to see the race. It’s always helpful to have someone who coaches you with you as opposed to some random person. Athletics Ireland have team coaches for events like this but none of them coach me or are ever at my sessions so it’s pointless them being in the warm up area with me.
My final bad point is the pair of extra small knickershorts that I found in my kitbag. As much as I’d like to say I have a tiny arse I’m afraid I do not! Small is even pushing it. Thankfully Ailis swapped her small ones for my extra small. Crisis diverted!
My flight to get here was very ugly. I had the pleasure of sitting with Thomas Chamney (Yes Chammers I’ve mentioned you in my blog so feel free to give me a shout out in your blog! www.runmadra.com!!!) we were doing the usual talking shite when we started to experience terrible turbulence. I spend half my life on planes which means I’m not a bad flier but I was not loving the turbulence. Then as if things were not bad enough the wing of the plane got hit by lightening yes LIGHTENING! Thankfully Chammers was super calm about the whole thing and convinced me that it wasn’t a problem. He even convinced me that this had happened to him before. When we landed he was all “yeah so that was a lie but I didn’t want you freaking out!” Due to this calmness and quick thinking under stress I predict a lovely shiny medal in Barcelona for Chammers. If he can deal with this situation surely a couple of laps against a few European lads will be a piece of cake.
Right now I’m on the flight home. I got a flight a couple of hours after my race. I race again in a few days and wanted to get home asap. Getting home tonight means that I will be able to see Mark first thing in the morning for physio and weights. I will also get some quality running in this week. I get home to Peter and Berlino which is always lovely. The ugly side of this is that such a quick turn around means I look rough as hell right now! Honestly I look like I’ve been dragged through a bush! Oh well I will not be complaining in a few hours when I get to crawl into my own leaba.
The final ugly point was the wind today in the hurdles. It was 2.1 which meant it does not count as a seasons best. For the time to be legal it cannot be over 2.0. But if you the blog readers are willing to ignore this minor issue so am I. So lets just agree that the real wind was 1.9 and the Hungarian’s read it wrong.
Thats all for now.
Over and Out ,
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Today was yet another gorgeous day at the track. The sun was shining all session long. I love the track when it is really quiet during the day and has only a few people on it, it's very calming for some reason (Note I do not love the track when there are really nasty little men called Mick who shout at me on it-long story!)
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I'm just back from Geneva. The main point of Geneva was for our ladies 4x1 relay to run the time for the European Championships. Not only did the team get the standard but we broke the Irish record! Yay. I was so happy with it. Our squad at the moment is Me, Claire Brady, Ailis McSweeney, Niamh Whelan and Kelly Propor. We ran 44.27. I have no doubt that the team is capable of breaking 44.00. I've thought this for a while so to run 44.27 with loads of room for improvement is exciting. But the icing on the cake is that the coach of the team is Terrie Cahill. Terrie is half of my coaching team and such a great coach. She has a brilliant technical eye and is very good at pulling a team together. I think we are very lucky to have her and huge credit is due to her for her efforts. It's easy to look at the team now and think it has potential but Terrie had faith in us since March and I'm glad we justified her confidence.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The most exciting part of today was that Berlino got her first hair cut. She spent the whole day in the groomers and has come back very very cute! Here is a before and then some after pictures! I guess the readers of this blog probably are kinda interested in more running than puppy so a running update is that today was weights day. Lifted well and felt good. Tomorrow is some hurdles and video analysis.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
At the moment my boyfriend is in Italy getting ready to kick ass at Europeans (what?? There is a world outside athletics? answer=yes!) So i've had a big minder in Berlino. She is constantly minding me at the moment. We are missing Peter but at least we have each other. Therefore here are some i phone pics of her today......
Friday, June 4, 2010
It is super sunny in Dublin at the moment. Yesterday I had a relay squad session. Our women's relay is coming along nicely. Terrie is the coach which is really good because she is very organised and fair. In the past there has often been some issues with relay selection but this year it is very straightforward. Basically turn up to relay practice and the 4 fastest over 100m on times will run. At the moment the team is looking like Clare Brady to Me to Ailis McSweeney to Kelly Propor. Currently Niamh Whelan is the sub but that could change at any stage plus there are a few other girls whi have yet to come into the mix. Our passes are starting to get fairly efficient and I can't wait for us to run now.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Today was super long but I'm wide awake so I thought I'd write a small update. I spent the weekend in Germany. I ran a 100m. I'm not ready to hurdle yet so running a few little sprints is a happy medium. It means that I'm not really racing (cos no sticks) but yet I'm still racing. I tend to start all seasons slow and work my way into things. This may not be ideal in June but generally come championships time I'm ready to roll. The 100m was what I would call grand not super fast but also not slow. It rained hard in Cottbus and made racing the 100m kinda tough. Right at the start of the race I was thinking "awww my bum and feet are really wet" but I got from a to b. I ran 11.70 for third. Also I was having some nerve pain in my hamstring all week so it was nice to get through it with no issues. I'm not the same competitive animal in sprints. When I'm in the world of hurdles I feel super competitive but when I'm sprinting I kinda feel like a tourist in the event, I'm happy to be there but I know it's not home! I just don't love it the same but the faster I run in between the hurdles the better I will be.