Sunday 22 October 2017

Mageean ready to take break

Athletics

Mageean revealed she had struggled with low blood counts during the summer. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Mageean revealed she had struggled with low blood counts during the summer. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Ciara Mageean closed out a frustrating year by finishing 23rd in the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York yesterday, the 25-year-old clocking 4:39.7 in the traditional end-of-season road race, which was won by Jenny Simpson in 4:16.6.

Afterwards, Mageean revealed she had struggled with low blood counts during the summer, which she believed led to her first-round exit at the World Championships in London.

"I hit mid-July and my body just went downhill," she said. "World champs were disappointing and I had to go back and re-evaluate. My body was completely empty, but I said I'll come out and try to get as much as I can out of it.

"They're really fun meets at the end of the season. I'm glad it's my break now and I can fix things."

Mageean will take two weeks rest and start back training at her base in UCD, where she will start a part-time physio job this week.

"I'm putting a team around me and I'll discuss the best measures for next year," she said.

"I've a good winter ahead to try and fix what was wrong this summer. I'm really going to get a lot more objective markers in place, so if something is off, I can adjust it straight away."

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