WATCH: Our extended interview with Laura Muir

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

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Five times European champion and multiple Record holder Laura Muir is our latest star guest on our Coaching Conversations video series and Q and A session on Twitter.

In each instalment we publish an extended interview with a top GB elite Scottish athlete on our scottishathletics You Tube channel.

Then it will be your turn to ask the questions of that athlete in a special Q and A session on Twitter via the hashtag #askSAL.

In this week’s episode, Laura speaks to Sue Gyford about a whole range of aspects of her career, her early years, juggling University commitments with world class performances and the strides under the coaching of Andy Young.

Now we need your questions for the Twitter Q and A and we do hope #askSAL will appeal to all sections of the athletics community in Scotland from athletes to coaches to parents to volunteers and Officials.

Laura has kindly agreed to follow on from our #askSAL Question and Answer session with Beth Dobbin last week and with join us on Twitter on Friday from 4pm to 5.15pm.

This is a brilliant opportunity for the athletics community in Scotland – athletes, coaches, parents – to find out more about Laura, her background, her training, her goals.

Laura claims gold at the Emirates Arena at Glasgow 2019 when she won both the 3000m and 1500m titles (photo by Bobby Gavin)

‘I am just trying to keep ticking over at the moment and stay in one piece,’ said Laura, when asked about her situation at the moment during lockdown.

‘We don’t have access to physio, for example. So you do what you can.

‘Andy is always a big planner and a great fan of spreadsheets. It is real shame for him the Olympics being moved because he had done an enormous amount of work in terms of the preparations – the sessions, the training camps, the competitions.

‘He’s had every month planned out from last year working towards Japan for this year. It was our big goal.

‘Normally, when we are training, I don’t like to know the session beforehand. I like to find out when I put my spikes on. That way, I can just crack on with it and not over-think it.’

In the video, Laura talks about her club roots and her early athletics experiences – missing out on the Scottish Schools team for the SIAB cross country on more than once occasion – and her subsequent progress after moving to Glasgow University.

So, watch the video with Laura and then post a question on Twitter, using the hashtag #askSAL.

We will look through the questions submitted and post answers on Twitter on Friday from 4pm to 5.15pm.

Laura after winning double gold at the European Indoors in 2017 (photo by Bobby Gavin)

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Below: here’s the first of our Coaching Conversations extended interviews – with Beth Dobbin

Tags: Andy Young, Beth Dobbin, Laura Muir, Sue Gyford

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