Anglian Home Improvements are sponsoring some of the Olympics greatest talents, including Sally Gunnell. Here is her latest blog about how she is counting down the days to the biggest event the UK will see for years to come!
There’s been a flurry of activity around the “six months to go” mark for the Olympics. You might have seen, heard and read some of the stuff that’s been all across the media. There’s a real sense of “countdown” now.
The first meet of the indoor athletics season in Birmingham last weekend gave us an early glimpse of our Olympic hopefuls in action. For me, it was all about Mo Farah, who stormed home to take the 1500m event in fine style. Definitely the pick of the performances. He’d looked a bit tentative in the early stages, so I was pleased when he found his rhythm and got going. He’s a strong guy and it looks like the winter training has just made him stronger.
Another strong performer is Christine Ohuruogu, who I caught up with at a photo shoot last week. She’s shaken off all her injury problems and looked great. Like Mo, her tough winter schedule has added strength, which is what she’ll need if she’s going to defend her 400m track crown in the summer. I wish her well; having suffered injuries myself, I know how hard it is to battle back. At times, it can feel like you’re not going to make it. You have to be very resilient in your mind, develop a plan and stick to it, accepting setbacks as part of the whole process. It sounds easy when you say it like that, but it’s not. The good news is that Christine seems very focused mentally, so I fancy her chances.
I had a very pleasant surprise the other day when a delivery van stopped outside my house. The driver rang the doorbell and handed me a massive box. It turned out to be full of Mizuno sports gear! My old racing sponsor has asked me to wear their gear again; how could I refuse? Even when I was competing, I never got used to those parcels; it was rather like having an extra birthday. After so many years with no deliveries, it was even more fun to get one.
It’s been a fair bit colder recently, which has taken the edge off my training, to say the least. I’m not a fan of freezing winds and I’ve had to pull some layers out of the Mizuno box to keep me warm as I run the hilly trails near my house. There’s no doubt that this is a tough time of year for those of us who like to keep fit. But with the right layering and a decent pair of gloves, I can still get out and do a reasonable run without it becoming an awful experience. Indoor stuff is still very much on my agenda, with gym work and turbo training (riding a static bike) being my top two activities. By adding some music, I find that it’s a little more fun…
Next time I write, we’ll be thinking about Spring. I can’t wait.