Q&A: Hannah England

Hannah England just missed out on a place at Rio 2016, but it's not going to hold her back.

What’s your next target?

As I write this I'm watching the athletics at the Olympic Games, something I spent all winter striving to be a part of, so the short term target is taking my frustration out on training hard and focusing on delivering some decent end-of-season performances to use as a platform to head into winter training. Beyond that I am looking forward to attacking the 2017 indoor season and do everything I can to be back on the world stage at the 2017 World Championships in London.

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

I train twice a day every day apart from Fridays, which is pretty relentless, but luckily I have lots of different training elements so it keeps it interesting! I run between 8 and 12 miles a day and try to average 65-70 miles a week. Most days will also include some rehab, stretching and strengthening exercises to keep my body robust enough to cope with the running.

·        Monday - Easy morning run, a faster evening run with form drills and strides.

·        Tuesday - Easy morning run. Evening interval session on road or track.

·        Wednesday - Long morning run. Evening Weights

·        Thursday - Morning tempo running (fast). Evening speed work on the track.

·        Friday - Rest or easy run.

·        Saturday - Morning interval session on grass or track. Evening easy run.

·        Sunday - Morning long run. Evening Weights

How do you recover after a tough training session?

In order to be able to be at my best for training it's vital that I do everything I can to recover from the tough efforts through the week. A big tool for me to do this is Myprotein Hurricane Elite. It’s a great shake with lots of protein and other essential amino acids to replenish my muscles and something that really helps me in the gap between finishing training and being able to get home for a meal.

What’s your career highlight so far?

A silver medal at the World Championships 1500m in 2011, I'm also very proud of my 2013 World Championships 4th place, it was a great comeback from an injury-hit 2012.

Your husband Luke is a fellow athlete. Do you ever train together?

We do - Luke runs faster than me but we tend to step out the door and start running together, but end up running at different paces. We do a lot of our supplementary training like weights and drills together, which is really fun.

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

I was spiked in my Achilles in 2012 during a race which was a huge disruption to my preparations for the London 2012 Olympics. Outside of freak accidents like that my coach and I work very hard at listening to my body and working hard but trying to keep my body in one piece!

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

I will usually do an easy run before a breakfast of porridge with fruit, for lunch I'll have a baked sweet potato with scrambled eggs and salad. Pre training I'll have something like banana and peanut butter on toast. My favourite dinner would be a homemade chicken curry. I do my best to eat a healthy range of foods but find it helpful to supplement with nutrition products, I find this really important for a strong immune system, I like to have a smoothie daily, usually kiwi, spinach and apple juice then I will add Myprotein Nutri Greens and L Glutamine to make sure I've got myself covered.

What’s your ultimate indulgence food?

Anything with salted caramel in!

What do you think about the current state of doping in athletics?

It's been, quite frankly, an awful time in athletics over the past 12 months. I've been really shocked by the level and sophistication of doping that’s been uncovered, the focus has been on the Russian team, but unfortunately it's hard not to feel like it will be more widespread than just one nation. I hate feeling cynical about a sport I love so much, it’s comforting to come from a country where clean sport is paramount, where I can believe the performances from our team and take motivation from them.