Preparations for my first ever 5000m have been going great. It’s a different distance and a different training regime to the 1500m I usually do, so I am kind of stepping into the unknown. But I am excited.
The Belgium meet at the IFAM in Oordegem is the best 5000m outside of the Diamond League circuit in Europe, so I am really chuffed to have got into the race. I will be happy with an improvement on my road PB over the distance of 14:01 (currently ranked 3rd in the UK), but if conditions and the race go right for me who knows if I can go a bit quicker!
The toughest part leading into this race funnily enough will be the 2-3 hours preceding my warm-up. It’s the period of time when there is nothing to do but lie down and ponder the race. Once I’m warming up, the process towards the start line is no different to a normal training night, so the nerves won’t be too bad near race time.
I will be wanting to see the outcome of Saturday before finalising the rest of the summer. It could be a determiner to getting into some key races on the continent. I would definitely want to mix in some 1500m races, and being placed highly at the British Championships 5000m at the start of July is also going to be important.
I’m delighted with the TOTOTALOXYGEN kit that I have been lucky enough to test out and train in for the last few weeks. I have been impressed with the quality and detailing, robustly designed and comfortable to wear. It is clear to see how each garment has been tailored to a specific purpose, where breathability, weight and performance elements really shine through, but they also have a considered fashion and design-led feel to them. The mid layer keeps me warm but is light enough to run in, and the softshell jacket sits on top without feeling too heavy.
The layering system is pretty key for runners and a real asset to the brand that they have considered this flexible approach to being able to opt for garments as the outdoor elements require so that you are not too hot or too cold.
I am looking forward to testing the garments out in a race environment and can’t wait to see others try the gear out and share their thoughts.
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