5 days until first 5000 meter of the season

Only 5 days left until the season debute in my favourite distance the 5000 meters. So what are my goals for the race ? Last year it was to get under the qualifying time for the Olympics, 13.20. This year, I will once again use the first 5000 meter…

to get under a Championship standard. For the World Championships in Edmunton, Canada (where the 5000 meters is the 6th (prelims) and the 10th (finals) of August) the IAAF A-standard is 13.25. The Norwegian qualification time is the same. We do not have trials – like for example the US, so basically as long as your are under that set time you are qualified. That has to be my main focus for the race – and anything better is a bonus.

My body feels fine, but I am still working on that groin muscle injury. Luckily I have small machines myself to get treatment with, plus I get lots of massage. I think I will make it fine for Rome – but I am glad it was not one or two weeks earlier. That could have meant trouble. Now it should not be a problem.

Time to rest. Sleep is important now πŸ™‚