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The E-Inspire Athlete Blog - Marilyn Okoro

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Lee Valley
My HiPAC - Lee Valley - life is so much easier now I live closer!
Marilyn Okoro was one of the most emphatic winners at the Aviva Olympic trials - storming home to take the national 800m title and nailing yet another Olympic A qualifying standard in the process.
As featured on the Spikes website - here is the first of Marilyn's summer blogs - visit the Spikes website for the next installment due out next week. 

 

 

Hi there,

 

I’m sat here writing my first blog for www.spikesmag.com having just moved flat. Yes, I know to move flat in the middle of the track and field season in Olympic year may seem a little crazy, but it really has not been a difficult move.

 

My coach, Ayo Falola, has been amazing and he has made the move so much easier for me. I literally only needed to pack my clothes, he sorted everything else out and made the process as simple as possible.

 

Another good part of the move is I’m now much closer to my training base at Pickett’s Lock. It used to take me more than an hour by train to travel from Barnet to training, but now I’m living in the Lea Valley the trip only takes ten or 15 minutes.

 

Montell Douglas
My new roomy - training partner Montell Douglas

I’m also very happy with the flat, which I’m sharing with my training partner, the sprinter Montell Douglas. It’s a spacious flat, although now the season has started I’ll be spending very little time there in the next few months.

 

My start to the season was a bit delayed because of a viral infection and I missed the Hengelo meeting in Holland. My first international outing for the season was in Ostrava, where I finished eighth in 2:01.46. I maybe lacked a little bit of speed but I’m not panicking because I’m some three or four races behind some of the other girls and I hope to see an improvement at the Aviva National Championships in Birmingham (Jul 11-13).

 

It was the first time I’d competed in Ostrava but it was a really well organised meeting, which I remember for two reasons. Firstly, I stayed in a hotel which was a short walk from the track; a nice luxury because I didn’t have to check the bus times to be at the stadium. And, secondly, when I was warming up on the track for my race I saw Dayron Robles, of Cuba, break the world 110m hurdles record, which was really inspirational.

 

Marilyn Okoro
Winning at the Olympic trials - I'll fill you in more in my next blog

Some athletes like to block everything out before they compete but I like to watch a race and feed off the massive crowd because I do a lot of things in my life through visualisation.

 

Oh, I have another confession. I’m also learning to drive. I’m a little bit of a nervous driver but skills-wise I’m quite confident. I’ve been learning for nine months and it will make me more independent, although I’m not prepared to admit when the test is.

 

The only clue I’m giving is it is not before August because all the tests are booked up before then. Before my driving test, though, it is all about qualifying for Beijing and, hopefully, performing on the biggest stage in the world, the Olympic Games.

 

Marilyn