Marian Heffernan: Like her husband Robert, Marian Heffernan is back in training too, with her focus also on the Olympics.
Rob Heffernan: It’s been a while since I saw down to write a column and now is as good a time as any, with training for the coming season having kicked off again recently, though it felt like I was hardly away at all!
Marian Heffernan: Ok every so often us athletes get thrown a bone, mine is in the form of a top Irish Fashion Programme Off The Rails. I got word last week that I might be able to get on the show where the theme is “Making over athletes for Christmas”. I know how nice of them to think of us.
Marian Heffernan: Each year around the 1st -7th of October i go through the same harsh wake up call. My body screams to me “what the hell are you doing”. Coming off a really great year breaking my p.b and provisionally qualifying for next years Olympics I approached my year with confidence and conviction only to be met with fatigue and lactic. All par for the course though and enjoyable to an extent.
Marian Heffernan: Olympic dream is very much alive and a huge part of my 2012. Today in Korea the women’s 4*400m relay team made Irish History smashing the old record set only one year ago in the European Championships in Barcelona. Myself leading the team out on the first leg had an immense feeling of pride and achievement, this coupled with the commradory I felt being part of such a strong team, this made it all more sweet. A big part of this is down to the great coaching I have with Stuart Hogg. The confidence I had on the start line was down to precise coaching and planning I had throughout the year. Having our last runner cross the line in a very respectable time of 3.27.45 made us wake up and think this isn’t a million miles away from Olympic final standard. Great as it was to run in a World Championships we watched the final the day after the heats and all said “ girls this is where its at”. We need to be running under lights, packed stadium only a stones throw from Ireland in the London Olympics.