2008 - Sparkassen Cup, Stuttgart, Germany
Considered one of the best indoor meetings in World, with
top level entries in all events, Stuttgart seemed like a good
place to run fast. And it was for many.
Hilary, however, was not so lucky. She started the 3000m ready
to attempt a new personal best in a field that appeared perfect
to do so. When the gun went off she felt good and followed
the second group right on 9-min pace. But at about half way
things started going downhill.
“I started to fall off the pace a bit around a mile
to go and I think I kind of panicked and second-guessed myself
on whether I could keep the pace,” said Hilary after
the race. “That was my first mistake, when you lose
your confidence in a race, it’s over.”
Although very disappointed Saturday’s performance, Hilary
says she is still confident she can run a good 1500m in Karlsruhe
“Bad days or bad races are part of the sport. Training
has been going really well so I’m just going to move
on and get excited for my next race. Someday I'll conquer
the 3000m, but for now I'm focused on running well over 1500m."
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