Injury need not mean an end to your training. Why not try aqua-jogging? International steeplechaser Eilish McColgan gives us the low-down Running in your local pool with the aid of a flotation belt is a brilliant form of cross-training when you are sidelined with an injury. Evidence has shown that aqua-jogging in this way can preserve the level … Continue reading Aqua Jogging Chronicles – Athletics Weekly.
Nov 1st, 2015 The last few months have been a little chaotic. It’s now going into my 18th week post surgery and i’ve found a spare hour on my flight home traveling back from a day in Brussels (unfortunately not for a little holiday but to get some orthotics made!). I thought it would be … Continue reading October-November Ramblings.
It’s inevitable that athletes get injured, but the effects on body and mind can be overwhelming. EILSIH McCOLGAN, beset by fracturing her ankle herself, gives tips on surviving the rollercoaster. INJURIES can strike fear and dread into the best of us. Along with the pain, there’s a growing sense of despair that can see you completely … Continue reading SIX THINGS NOBODY TELLS YOU ABOUT INJURIES – ATHLETICS WEEKLY.
Aug 28th ,2015 After 8 months walking around in my air cast moon boot like Neil Armstrong, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am almost too scared to write this blog as to jinx the current spell of good luck I seem to be experiencing. It has been … Continue reading Third Time Lucky
As a professional athlete, I am more than happy to urinate into a cup, roll up my sleeves and allow a stranger to stab at my arm to provide blood – yet I couldn’t tell you what the testers are trying to identify in the samples they take. All athletes who are part of the whereabouts … Continue reading Blood Testing in Athletics – Blog for BBC Sport
Published – 24th July, 2015 Athletics has always been prominent throughout my life. I remember as a kid watching the Olympic Games and being utterly in awe at the athletes. More vividly, I recall watching the great Gebrselassie of Ethiopia and Tergat of Kenya, battling to the line at the Sydney Olympics – fifteen years … Continue reading Glasgow 2014 Article – Daily Mail
July 6th, 2015. Stupidity prevailed. Regrettably, I decided to go against my own gut feeling and follow the advice of UK Athletics. I didn’t want to cause any more stress or upset to the situation by continuing to argue my case and so I consented to another 8 weeks in the dreaded moon boot! I … Continue reading When a chapter ends..
July 4th 2015 I am absolutely gutted to be missing the British Championships this year due to injury. My three year consecutive streak is now over 😦 but I will be doing everything I can to get myself back on track, for next summer! All the best to the British Athletes clawing those qualifying times … Continue reading British Championships 2015
With all the recent negativety within athletics, I hope this blog shows the purer side to our sport! Avoiding the obvious links to Qatar and the World Cup – I want to keep this positive for once! I had hoped to travel to Qatar and surprise my mum for her birthday but unfortunately, I had … Continue reading Doha Athletic Club
May 21st, 2015. Sport can be cruel. After riding the rollercoaster of emotions over the last 17 weeks and believing I was well in the road to recovery – I was clobbered with another road block. The ankle has consistently been sore to run on, throughout my rehab – albeit, at a low level around … Continue reading 2015..Good Riddance. Never Liked Odd Numbers Anyways…
Published 3rd May, Eilish McColgan There have been huge changes within my family life – the biggest being my mother (and coach), Liz, relocating to Doha, Qatar. I thought it was in my best interest to go visit my mum for two weeks in her new surroundings, with the added benefit of having someone monitor … Continue reading Training in Doha – Daily Mail.
April 17th, 2015 Injures are inevitable – not only in elite sport but persistent throughout all levels of ‘sports’ down to the generic person popping along to the gym. Sadly, in elite sport there is evidently a higher risk of injury, as we are constantly trying to propel ourselves beyond the limit. Athletics in general, … Continue reading Balancing Act – Injuries.
Choice. To willingly select an outcome. A yes or no. Everyone has to make them. Children, teenagers, adults. From a young age the word ‘Drugs’ didn’t mean much to me – other than – ‘say no.’ – perhaps a little naïve on my behalf but the situation never occurred all throughout my teenage years. However, … Continue reading The Drug Called Sport
Vo2 testing is not something I have focussed on much as an athlete. The only time I have ever participated in the testings are for pre-altitude camps with British Athletics – although the information does fascinate me. My first ever test was in December 2012 followed up in March 2013 after spending a few weeks … Continue reading Vo2 Testing
July 8th, 2014. The past few months have been a roller-coaster. I was ready to accept that my summer season most likely wasn’t going to happen. After coming back from Kenya and picking up a ‘non-specific virus’ (no idea what that means either, trust me i’ve tried googling it too) in my blood – I … Continue reading Can I press the pause button now?
March 11th, 2014. HOME OF CHAMPIONS – ITEN Masai warriors at the new track opening My first training session in the UK after spending five weeks out in the sunshine of Kenya was definitely a shock to the system. Snow, sleet and rain which quickly transformed into hailstones was a far cry from the … Continue reading Kenya 2014
Feb 28th, 2014. This time last year, I was studying at University and working part-time in a small shop. Fast forward one year and I am now a full time athlete – training out in the heights of Kenya, preparing for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. It’s amazing the difference a year can make. Kenya This … Continue reading Catch Up – OCT/NOV/DEC
Oct 22nd, 2013 Berlin Olympic Stadium Berlin Wall Brussels DL Brussels DL After the World Championships I decided to continue on with the remainder of my season but relax a little and get some enjoyment back into my racing, rather than chasing qualifying times. My last steeplechase of the year was in Brussels … Continue reading The Long Slog
Aug 26th, 2013 Mockbaaaa Team GB official photo with our Bald Caps in honour of our bald Team Boss! After the disappointment of making the World Championship team two years ago in Deagu but not being able to go due to my broken foot – it really did make Moscow that little bit more … Continue reading From Russia, with love.
July 22nd, 2013 New York Diamond League Rome Diamond League The last four weeks have been mind numbing. Before the Rome Diamond league last month, I picked up what I thought was a tightness in my calf. I decided to continue training and race – in order to try and gain a World Championship … Continue reading A Few Steps Backward… A Few Steps Forward!
May 29th, 2013 It has been a long, long time since my last blog but University exams have been slowly destroying my life. However, the good news is – these are now OVER. Goodbye University – Hello big,bad world – well, the athletics world for now. I never ever want to see a number again … Continue reading 2013 Season, a huge catch up!
Feb 10th, 2013 Iten – Home of Champions I was pretty skeptical about heading over to Kenya on my first ever altitude trip and had previously declined to go out with the Uk Athletics Endurance Squad as I felt training was going well enough at home. Another limiting factor in my head – was … Continue reading First trip to Kenya
Dec 23, 2012 It has been quite a few weeks since I last wrote a blog, mainly because my university exams have been ruining my life. Thankfully, they went well (I think), which means I can now sit back, relax and genuinely do nothing with my life for the next two weeks! I took a … Continue reading Christmas Catch Up
Oct 11th, 2012 Racing in Gateshead After a disappointing performance in Italy over my last track race of the year – I was really looking forward to my first ever road race, the New York 5th Avenue Mile! However, before this, I was pulled in as a last minute replacement for the City Games … Continue reading Ice ice baby
Sep 17, 2012 The past year has been unbelievable. It’s actually quite sad that this is almost the end of the 2012 season. Everyone has waited so long for this year to come around and then when it has – it’s totally flown by in a matter of weeks! Along the way I’ve had my … Continue reading The finishing season
Aug 17th, 2012. The next day I flew into London Gatwick with Holly Bleasdale, the mens relays and a few others. The reception at Gatwick was unbelievable – even though Gatwick wasn’t even a official London 2012 airport! There were crowds of people all cheering a taking pictures, it was a really weird experience. Me … Continue reading The London Olympics – Part 2
Aug 16th, 2012 The past three weeks have been truly amazing. It has been far better than I could of ever imagined and the whole experience is something that I will never, ever forget. I can not explain how grateful I am to have been selected as part of this team, Team GB! Although I … Continue reading The London 2012 Olympics -Part 1