Is run­ner Laura Muir on track for a gold?

Team GB mid­dle-dis­tance star Laura Muir on jug­gling her pur­suit of gold medals with ful­fill­ing her life­long dream of be­com­ing a vet

TV Times - - My Week - Emma Bul­limore

World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships fri / BBC1, BBC2 / from 6.00Pm

Over the last few years, Laura Muir, the mid­dle dis­tance run­ner from In­ver­ness, has qui­etly wowed the sport­ing world with her record-break­ing wins, and is one of Team

GB’S great hopes at the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships, which open in Lon­don on Fri­day.

But while many ath­letes can de­vote every wak­ing minute to their sport, the 24-year-old doesn’t have that lux­ury, as she’s study­ing ve­teri­nary medicine at Glas­gow Univer­sity.

Call­ing TV Times while dash­ing through an air­port, Laura tells us she’d never sac­ri­fice her de­gree for her sport­ing ca­reer.

‘Run­ning was just a hobby when I was younger, so it was a pleas­ant sur­prise when I got to uni and started pro­gress­ing with the run­ning very quickly,’ she says. ‘Ini­tially, vet school was my main pri­or­ity, but then I re­alised that I’d have to con­cen­trate on both at once.’

TV Times has a won­der­ful vi­sion of Laura lamb­ing in the morn­ing and then head­ing out to the track in the af­ter­noon... ‘A cou­ple of years ago, that was pretty much the story,’ she laughs. ‘It can be hard if I have to be on a work place­ment at 8.30am and fit a run in be­fore that, es­pe­cially if it’s rainy and windy in Glas­gow, but it’s all worth it in the long term.’

Laura, who starts her fi­nal year at univer­sity a month af­ter the World Cham­pi­onships fin­ish, has had to make sac­ri­fices over the years, but says her friends have been a great sup­port. ‘They do won­der how I man­age be­cause they’re so busy just with their stud­ies. The course is so

de­mand­ing that none of my vet mates have much time to go on nights out, so it’s not like they’ve all got lots of free time on their hands and

I’m miss­ing out.

‘I’m not a nor­mal stu­dent, that’s for sure. I once had to ex­plain to my flat­mates that we might get a knock on the door at 6.00am from the ath­let­ics drugs testers, so they’ve had to deal with a slightly dif­fer­ent life­style, too, be­cause of liv­ing with me.’

I’m pas­sion­ate

about run­ning and be­ing a vet laura muir

Still re­cov­er­ing from a bro­ken foot, there has been spec­u­la­tion from some quar­ters that Laura may only com­pete in one event at the cham­pi­onship. How­ever, she tells us that she plans to race in both the 1,500m and 5,000m. ‘I’m feel­ing re­ally pos­i­tive. I’m go­ing to give 100 per cent and hope­fully that will be enough to get a medal,’ she says. ‘The at­mos­phere’s go­ing to be amaz­ing, and I do thrive on hav­ing the crowd’s sup­port be­hind me. Hope­fully, that will help me to pull it out of the bag.’

Of course, Laura will also have the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in her sights, but don’t ex­pect her to put her ve­teri­nary ca­reer on hold.

‘I’d like to work as a vet af­ter I grad­u­ate. If I left it two years to fo­cus on the run­ning,

I’d end up los­ing a lot of con­fi­dence and knowl­edge,’ she ex­plains.

‘What I’m do­ing now is the dream: trav­el­ling, rac­ing, and lov­ing ev­ery­thing I do – so I want to keep that up. I’d like to get some ve­teri­nary vol­un­teer work in Glas­gow – hope­fully, this would al­low me to come and go, and still do my run­ning to the best ca­pac­ity that I can.’

Run­ning wild: Af­ter the cham­pi­onships, Laura will re­turn to her ve­teri­nary stud­ies at uni

Win­ning streak: Laura is hop­ing to break more records

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