On Sunday the 18th of May I competed in the county championships. I came 5th in the county in the U15 girls 1500 metres and considering there were Years 8 and 9 racing (and I am a Year 8) I think I did quite well. However, only one Year 9 came above me and she won! I didn't get a PB (5:11 as opposed to 5:03) and my coach and I agreed we need to work on my start as it was too fast - and the girl who won gradually made her way up to the front throughout the course of the race. So a fast start helps, but only if you can carry it on all the way through!
Then I missed a training session at our usual training place on Monday, so I did the session at school at our school athletics club. It was 2x(4x(200 metres then a 90 second rest)) with a 3 minute recovery in between each set of 4. I felt good but because our school track is a 200 metres grass track with a slight hill on it and so it is harder, physically and psychologically.
And today I have been out for a steady/tempo 3 mile run. I felt really good today, especially as the course was hilly. I got 4:20 average kilometre time, which is good for that!
On Wednesday, I had a Watford Open Meeting in which I was competing in the 1500 metres. I was really looking forward to it as I could attain a good time there... Only to find out I was ill and my body was not co-operating with what I wanted it to do (which was to run fast!) and I received the ok time of 5:19, which would have still beaten my previous best from last season, but it wasn't the best I could have run and I was disappointed. I shouldn't have gone, I had a sore throat and runny nose beforehand but I really wanted to go, and the 2 hour drive back home was quite quiet as I slept through most of it! Consequently I had to stay off school the next day as I had contracted a temperature and had got into bed and asleep at 10:15pm (which is late for me, as an athlete, as I get more sleep).
However, these illnesses only last certain amounts of time, and being quite fit and healthy most of the time, I managed to get out to a hills session on Saturday morning in the scorching heat, having missed the session on Thursday due to my illness and a rest day on Friday. The heat played its part and I was slowly getting back into it. Yes, I was at the back, and yes, I didn't do as many as the older ones in my group did of the hills, but I could barely feel the aftermath of the cold I had had.
And then I did an easy run on Sunday with my Dad, again in the scorching heat, and I felt like I could have gone so much faster! Which is a good thing, which meant I was getting better - running-wise and health-wise.
However, Monday was amazing. I had the best training session I've had for a long time (4x400m, 4x300m, 4x200m) where I kept up with the older ones in my group and could not feel the cold/illness at all! I also felt really good even though I felt dead at the end because I'd done the same amount as the older ones but I was ready to push myself as I have the county championships on Sunday and I want to go for a medal in the 1500 metres, which is the event I am doing.
I hope you haven't got too many illnesses like me and I hope your running is going well!