Following on from part one, these next few instalments (I have no idea how many there will be) focus more on the competition itself in Rio, plus a few other experiences away from the competition arena. It’s not a blow-by-blow report of each event, as they have already been covered in depth long ago elsewhere; it’s simply my own personal account of some of the more memorable events. Embed from Getty Images A flying start No one expected ...

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In the weeks before heading to Rio, part of me feared that I wouldn’t return from there alive. I knew better than to read too much into the negative headlines ahead of the Games; after all, when had there ever been a string of positive press leading into an Olympics? And I’m usually a pretty optimistic person. But I couldn’t get rid of this nagging feeling that something bad was going to happen in Rio. I needn’t ...

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Embed from Getty Images   A few months have passed since the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, but even now I find myself looking back at some of the results and thinking, ‘did that really happen?!’ Of the four World Championships I have attended, it was my favourite one to date. World records, great contests, surprise medallists, it had it all. Just like most major championships, some events very much went to the form book while others did ...

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It’s the final countdown. The last long(ish) training run is in the bag, just a handful of easy runs to do over the next few days, and then race day will be here. Crikey, it only feels like four weeks ago that I started training for this half marathon. Oh wait; it was. This week’s long run (7.43M in just a whisker outside an hour) felt okay. It was quite wet, windy and hilly, but at least the ...

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Running is weird. One week you can feel great; the next week, everything is an effort, your body aches and your head is full of self-doubt. These are just some of the thoughts that have crossed my mind this week, the third of my five weeks of training: – This run feels like a bit of a slog. Is this normal following the week of a long run? – This second run also feels a bit effortful. And it’s ...

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