Jo Meek - 2021 Race Preparations

How has training been with the uncertainty of the race going ahead?

​Training is something I do as a way of life. I'm pretty intrinsically motivated and love running as part of my daily routine. However, I do train to race and I'm an optimist. I have ignored uncertainty knowing I always need to work on my pace and speed. Training has been wonderfully consistent for the last 3-4 months. I've mixed it up a bit- road and trails so that means a block of building to get me ready for a marathon in April is extended to allow some trail time too. 

 

How has it been training more solo, where in the past it may have been more group focused?

​I live on Dartmoor so pretty isolated. My training is either on my own or with friend I arrange to meet and because we can meet one other person outside this has continued. My training routine with company hasn't altered. In fact, it's improved as I have a wonderful friend with more time in lockdown who has cycled with me over the linger harder workouts. 

 

How have you coped over the past year with very limited races?

​I last raced in February 2020. I came back and lockdown happened. I had a niggle so addressed that properly which took time and that was exactly what I had! I then concentrated on getting back into training steadily and before I knew it, I was planning an FKT. This took months to prepare and finally I ran the Nigel Jenkins Dartmoor Round in August in record time. Since then, I've concentrated in just being in great shape, just in case there is a race around the corner!

 

What event are you most looking forward to in 2021, and why?

I'm really looking forward to running a road marathon after sort of training for one. I would like to get a good for age time so when the entries open again for the 6 World Majors I can apply. 

My first focus on the trails is in June - Mozart 109km in Austria. I've got my fingers crossed! If this happens then I think they all will because we'll be learning the live with this virus and adapting to a new way of life. 

I'm also excited about a race in August called the TransRockies stage race. It's 6 days and 120 miles. I get to run with a dear friend as we've entered as a pair which is exciting. Roll on racing! 


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