Steph Twell on her marathon debut
ALDERSHOT, FARNHAM & DISTRICT ATHLETE HAPPY WITH VALENCIA CLOCKING
STEPH TWELL has insisted she “wants more” from the marathon after finishing seventh in Valencia last weekend – her debut over 26.2 miles, writes Euan Crumley.
The 29-year-old Commonwealth and European track medallist went straight to second in the British rankings for 2018 following her run of 2:30:14, having predicted in a recent interview with AW that the 2:30 mark would be a
A halfway time of 75:35 suggested she might fall short of her target but the Aldershot athlete was delighted to produce a negative split to finish with the positive experience she was looking for.
Now, however, she is looking to go quicker on her next attempt, which is likely to come in the autumn.
“It’s still sinking in,” she says. “I’m still reliving different moments of the race. I think it is a good debut but I still think I want more.
“There are so many positives. I ran my own race, I respected the distance, I didn’t come away with any issues that maybe could have changed my experience.
“Had I run a massive positive split, the questions I’d have now would probably be quite different – whether the distance is right or the goal is right for me – so it’s been brilliant.”
Given she had what was essentially just four weeks of training specifically tailored to the marathon following a long track season, Twell is excited by what might now be possible with a more focused build-up.
She will take three weeks off, enjoy the festive season and is enthused about what she will tackle next with coach Geoff Wightman.
“Already I want to get back in there and I’ve already said to Geoff that I want to run another one,” she says.
“I’m so excited. Now we can adapt training with higher mileage, we can have a longer build-up and try and get some more race pace specific training in. There’s so much to look forward to.
“When I come back to work, I’ll know what we’re aiming for. I think an autumn marathon is more on the agenda because I don’t think we want to chase too many marathons too soon.”
She adds: “I’m so happy that I’ve dipped my toe in the water because I do see myself going that way now.
“I wasn’t too far off running something that would have been exceeding expectations so I think that actually gives you a bit more hunger and makes you think ‘I want to get my teeth into this again’.”
Steph Twell: excited following her performance in Valencia