It's taken me quite a while to get round to writing a new post after the London Marathon, which is a good indication of how hectic my life has been since I was the first Brit across that finish line in a time of 2.27.44 - earning myself a spot on the Team GB marathon team. I probably don't need to say that the race in April went exactly as I had hoped/planned, even better if anything. It was thrilling to be part of such a competitive battle for that final Olympic place, to the extent that I was not at all confident of having secured the win until the final few metres down The Mall. After the race there was a flurry of media activity, but luckily also time for a glass of bubbly and some family celebrations!

It took quite a long time for the reality of my selection to sink in - every sports person has dreamt of competing in the Olympics at some point, but I don't think many of us truly believe it is that the dream will become reality. Eventually I did start to believe that it was true, and then came the harsh realisation that I would have to cut short my post-marathon relaxation and start planning out my 3 months of training to make sure that I am ready to run my best possible race in London in August. I made sure that I took enough time to let my legs recover before starting to build up the miles again, and this meant 1 week of no running at all (but a few trips to the pool), followed by a week of nice steady runs. By that time my legs were starting to feel more normal again and it was time to start tackling some interval and tempo sessions. I am now back in Boulder to get in a few weeks of altitude work before testing out my legs in the Bolder Boulder 10k at the end of this month. I have a feeling that the distance might seem a little shorter than is ideal for me, but it is a good fun event to do and I will need to work on my speed over the next few months if I want to stick with those Kenyans in August ;-)