Back to my roots.
After years of racing the 800 meters week in week out I have moved away from the distance in recent years to pursue other events but for the second Febuary running I have gone back for one shot at a sub 2 minute performance during the winter indoor season.
I have only been able to fit in a limited number of race specific training in between marathon training and obstacle course races so I knew my target was going to be an ambitious one but having ran so many 800 meters under 2 minutes in the pass I was still confident that I could sneak under the magical barrier.
I arrived at the impressive Lea Valley athletics centre in London, collected my race numbers and found out that I was in the 14th of 15 seeded races.
I had put down a time slightly quicker than I expected to run hoping that I would get a tow from some faster runners as time is a lot more important than position in open races but with in the first 150m of the stating gun I was clipping the heals of the leader and I moved into the lead at the end of the first of the four laps.
I had made my move and intended to make it count pushing on to the half way point in 57 seconds. On lap three I significantly extended the gap between myself and the rest of the field feeling very good and knowing I had enough strength to substain the pace to the end.
I hit the bell in 1 minute 28 seconds so knew I couldn’t let up in the slightest or the chance of recording another sub 2 minute race would be over. I had no idea how far ahead I was but I felt like the victory was mine and I was over the moon to stop the clock at 1.58.55, a massive 9 seconds clear of second place.
This race was very encouraging. To know I can still knock out this sort of time and performance with such little preparation gives me great confidence in the knowledge that when I chose to go back to the 800 meters as my main priority I should be able to compete at the high level I aspire to which is being one of Britian’s best masters athletes and representingy my country at European and world championships. The future is bright.