With records aplenty, Laura Muir is looking for European Indoors podium places to add to her list of successes
Laura Muir has medals in mind. Having followed up her two outdoor British 1500m record-breaking performances last summer by smashing the British indoor 5000m record, breaking the European indoor 3000m record and improving the European 1000m indoor best this winter, the 23-year-old is on the hunt for her first major senior podium place, or two.
Muir contests both the 1500m and 3000m at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade this weekend which means a total of four races over the three days of action. But given her recent performances, which have included her 2:31.93 1000m in Birmingham after little tapering, she’s understandably feeling confident.
“It’s great to be breaking records but records are there to be broken and medals stay with you forever,” she said. “I think it’s the mark of all the big athletes out there – the well-known names are those that have medals against their names so I’d love to get a couple of medals on the table.
“Before Birmingham I had quite a heavy training week,” she added. “I was a little bit worried the day before that it might have taken a bit out of the legs, so I was really happy to run how I did.
“A couple more days of rest in the legs, I should be feeling pretty good. I think there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to put in a really good few races in Belgrade.”
Muir first competes in the 3000m heats on Friday morning (March 3) before the first round of the 1500m just over four hours later. The 1500m final follows on the Saturday evening, with the 3000m final taking place on Sunday afternoon.
“I’ve not done that many races in that amount of time, but I train very hard day in and day out so I don’t think it will be anything that I won’t be able to cope with,” said the Andy Young-coached runner.
“Quite a lot of athletes when we were younger, you might run an 800m, 1500m and maybe a 4x400m as well on one day. It seems a little bit soft compared to that!”
As well as targeting two medals in Belgrade, Muir will be using the event as experience in doubling up. The Dundee Hawkhill athlete also hopes to contest two events – the 1500m and the 5000m – at the IAAF World Championships in London this summer.
“The timetable’s not going to be the same, but it will be really good to see how recovery techniques work and how I feel in the legs with so many races back-to-back,” she said. “So it will give an indication as to what I might need to improve on or do differently with London being the priority this year.”
Preparations are done and Muir is ready to race, wearing the lucky spikes in which she has achieved such success since last summer.
Ahead of her flight to Serbia, the Scot explained: “They are already packed in the hand luggage, in case the bags get lost!”