After her opening domestic relay races, IAAF Diamond League Ambassador Allyson Felix looks forward to her Diamond League opener in Doha, Qatar…
“I’ve been busy doing a lot of promotional work with my new sponsor and run in three meets outdoors at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, the Mt. San Antonio College Relays and the Penn Relays.
“I along with my team-mates also went to speak at Joanna Hayes' programme that she does at her alma mater J.W. North High School in Riverside, Calif. called ‘10 Hurdles to Success’. We had a great time sharing with the young women about body image and our own experiences.
“I won’t be running this weekend but I’ll be at the USC-UCLA dual meet on Saturday (1 May) as a spectator. I love going to the dual meet! It's great because there is always a lot of trash talking between myself, a USC alum, and my training partners who went to UCLA.
“I'm sure this year won't be any different, and I'll have to hold it down alone as my only team-mate who is also a Trojan, Ginnie Powell, will be competing in Jamaica and unable to attend.
“My first races outdoors have been on relays. It still feels the same as most years even after my limited indoor season where I ran at the USA Indoor Championships and the World Indoor Championships on the 4x400m Relay in Doha since I really trained through it.
“This year is already proving to be really exciting. At Mt. SAC, one of my relay mates from high school Erica Fleming was there, some other friends, my parents, brother Wes and Godmother were all there to support me.
“I think I have competed at Mt. SAC since my sophomore year in high school in 2000 and I have great memories of me and my relay mates from high school who are three of my best friends to this day. We would always have the best time with each other and competing there.
“I had so much fun running at Penn last weekend. The atmosphere was unreal and the rivalry with Jamaica even makes everything more exciting.
“Usain Bolt drew a lot more fans to Penn this year which was great because they also got to see all the other talent that was there. It made the environment even more energetic if that is even possible. The noise from the stadium was absolutely incredible and hard to hear at some points which is awesome.
“Like every year, the real start to my season will be in Doha in the inaugural Diamond League meet on 14 May. I will be running the 400m. This year the race will be much more competitive since it is the opening location of the Diamond League so it will be a real treat for athletics fans.”