The British multiple major medallist opens up about a ‘mental reset’ ahead of 2024, how the marathon has evolved and aims to break her own British 10,000m record
Eilish McColgan is confident that 2024 will see her back in the heat of competition.
The 33-year-old only raced twice last season before taking the rest of it off due to injury.
McColgan didn’t just win those pair of races but set British records in both of them.
She firstly ran a stunning 30:00.86 in California to better Paula Radcliffe’s British 10,000m record (30:01.09) before then going on to claim victory in 65:43 at Berlin Half, beating her own national half marathon mark (66:47).
However, McColgan tore her hamstring at the Berlin Half and then picked up a knee injury as she prepared for her debut over 26.2 miles at the London Marathon. She states that there “were a few misdiagnosis” on her knee, which elongated any return to competition.
The Brit, who famously won Commonwealth 10,000m gold at the Alexander Stadium two years ago and has won a plethora of major medals, had to sadly withdraw from last year’s London Marathon.
Then, as she prepared to race over the 10,000m for Great Britain at the World Championships in Budapest, her knee flared up again. McColgan had to pull out of the Worlds but tells AW she was in the best shape of her life during training in St. Moritz.
During her time away from competition, McColgan – an ASICS athlete – spent time in Japan testing out shoes and to also work on a weight imbalance, due to what she states is a weakness on her left side. That period has allowed the Brit to mentally reset for the 2024 season, with the support she’s got embodying ASICS’ philosophy of a “sound mind in a sound body”.
AW caught up with the McColgan in Seville and covered a range of topics, from McColgan’s ultimate ambitions over 26.2 miles and how shoe technology has helped evolve the marathon, to her BBC documentary and the passing of her stepfather John Nuttall.
How’s the recovery from injury going and what are your plans in 2024?
It was obviously a disappointing ending to 2023 given how well I ran last in March and April. The progress has been a little slower than I would’ve liked and there were a few misdiagnosis with what happened in my knee. It obviously started off with a torn hamstring at the Berlin Half and then subsequently went into a bit of a knee…