Since that time, I have had the fortune of representing both Northern Ireland and Ireland at several of the world’s global championships. I have felt the buzz of walking out into a packed stadium to perform in front of thousands of people. I have felt the nerves and excitement of waking up in the morning, knowing that later that day, I would be competing in an Olympic Games, the pinnacle of every athlete’s career. What the public do not see however, is the cruel side of athletics. The times when things go wrong. The championships that I have missed. The races that I have not competed in.
Injuries are a part of running. It is a very fortunate athlete who can go their whole career without sustaining an injury. I have had more than my fair share. Pick a body part and I have either broken a bone, torn a muscle or done much worse to it, at some point in my training.