Laura Muir ready for Monaco test
LAURA MUIR heads to the Monaco Diamond League meeting this week full of excitement at going back to one of her favourite race venues and charged with confidence that her injury worries are in the past, writes Euan Crumley.
The 1500m British recordholder’s preparations for her assault on a 1500m/5000m double at the IAAF World Championships was thrown into some doubt last month when it emerged that a scan had revealed a ‘healing stress fracture’ in her foot.
Since her return to action, however, the 24-year-old’s body has responded well and has stood up to a race schedule which saw her run a personal best of 1:58.69 over 800m in Lausanne, come agonisingly close to breaking the British mile record in London (she did break the Scottish record) and secure victory over a large field in Padova.
The final race stop in honing her world championships preparations comes over
3000m in a strong field containing the likes of Hellen Obiri, the Olympic 5000m silver medallist who beat Muir in the closing stages at the Müller Anniversary Games.
The Kenyan looks like being the one to beat in the 5000m at the London Stadium and Muir admits she is relishing the chance to compete against her again in Monaco.
“I’m really excited, actually,” says the Scot, who will head for further training in Font Romeu following the race.
“It will be good to test the legs out over the longer distance – it’s been a while since I ran that far!
“It’s a very good field, as well – probably very similar to the world champs final – so it will be a very good indicator as to where I’m at compared to the rest of the competition.
She added: “It’s a great competition. I’ve run there before and have fond memories of that track – it’s where I broke four minutes (for 1500m) for the first time.
“It will be good to be in a competitive race with them
(the likes of Obiri) and see how I fare.”
As for her foot, Muir adds: “We had to build up the training after being in the pool a little bit but it’s felt really good, really strong and I’m running completely normally and pain-free now. I’m very confident running on it.”
Laura Muir: will face Hellen Obiri again in Monaco