Q&A: Eilidh Doyle

After nailing the gold medal for the 400m hurdles at this year's IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha, Puma athlete Eilidh Doyle is going full steam ahead towards Rio 2016. We caught up with her at an exclusive PUMA Team Faster training session, as she heads into her final weeks of prep.

How’s your preparation for Rio going? How are you feeling?

I had a good winter without any injuries or illness which is crucial. I feel like things have gone really well and that showed in my first race, as it was the fastest time I've ever opened up with.

What does your training routine look like over the course of a week?

I train six times a week. That includes one gym session, which involves Olympic lifts followed by hip flexor and abs circuits. The remaining five sessions are all on the track: one is a hurdle session which usually involves two runs over 10 hurdles (which is almost the full 400m distance), one run over 10 hurdles and one over seven hurdles.

Have you had any major setbacks or injuries since you’ve been running competitively?

I've been very luckily in my career that I've never suffered a serious injury. I've torn my calf muscle twice which took a few weeks to get over and have strained my quad muscle which again took a few weeks to sort out, but I haven't had to miss any championships because of them. 

How do you recover after a hard training session?

First of all I take the dog out for a long walk, as I think it's important to keep moving so you don't stiffen up and get too sore. It's a bit of an extension on my cool down. After the walk, I will relax properly and that usually involves going for a nap! 

What’s been your career highlight so far?

My career highlight is two moments from 2014. Firstly winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and being able to do the lap of honour with all my family there! I have never been able to do that before and it was amazing to share that moment with them. And the second is winning the European Championships in the same year. It was my first global title and to stand on the podium hearing the national anthem was very emotional! 

What does a typical day of food look like for you?

A typical day of food is very simple for me. For breakfast I have either porridge with honey or poached eggs and bacon. Both will normally be followed by fruit too. I have a protein shake after training and then a lighter lunch - usually some sort of protein with salad. Dinner is tends to be fish or meat with vegetables and sweet potatoes. 

Do you take any supplements to aid your training or recovery?

The only supplements I take are SpaTone iron sachets every morning in the orange juice as my iron levels drop very low if I don't. I also have a protein shake after my training sessions to refuel (RGF-1 protein by the company Pro Athlete Supplements (PAS). 

The doping scandal has been massive news over the last year. What do you think about the current situation in athletics?

The current doping scandal is very disappointing. As a clean athlete I find it very sad. I train hard and work hard constantly so I am in the best shape possible when I race, so I can step off the track known I've given everything and the end result has been the best of my ability. I just hope that all the girls I race against can say the same, so wherever we all finish in a race is completely fair and right. The only good thing about these scandals is more people are getting caught so hopefully it is becoming more of a deterrent, however I feel the biggest deterrent would be lifetime bans for anyone caught doping.


 Eilidh Doyle is training to #crosstheline in Rio. Check out her new PUMA Ignite Duals (£70) at prodirectrunning.com.