Blunt Dissection Ep 45: Laura Muir - The Vet Who's Going For Gold

On today’s show, I’m joined by double European record holder, gold medalist, and Olympic athlete, Laura Muir. Laura made her debut in senior athletics representing Great Britain at the 2013 World Championships and is the current British record holder over 1500m. In 2017 she had an incredible year becoming the fastest woman in the world over this distance, taking her first diamond league world title and winning two gold medals at the European Indoor Athletics Championships, breaking a 32-year old championship record along the way. So what does any of this have to do with veterinary medicine? Well not content with taking the athletics world by storm, Laura achieved many of these feats while completing her veterinary degree at the equally world-beating Glasgow University Veterinary School! In fact, Muir missed the chance of gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, opting instead to focus on passing her veterinary medicine finals. But in August that year, she was back and achieved her greatest honour to date winning gold in the 1500 metres European Championships in Berlin, the first British woman ever to win this title. And you thought it was hard to go for that early morning run twice a week! Now a quick word from today's show sponsor. If you are working in practice and clients or colleagues are making you miserable then I have good news and bad news. The bad news is you are probably the source of your problems. The good news is that you are also 100% in control of changing things and having a great career. You are missing some skills and they are NOT clinical. Enter Thrive. Thrive is a course and support community where you will learn the professional skills needed to build a sustained and successful career. With RACE accredited webinars, workbooks, and live monthly mentoring events you have all the tools to set you up for success. Membership is available for a small monthly fee where you can join hundreds of other vets who have changed their careers for the better. To join visit today and if you use the promoted 'podcast' then you’ll receive 10% off your monthly membership fee. Now back to Laura, For many, rising to the very top of their field, ego can be a problem. In Laura’s case, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, you get the sense that she is the same person today, as she was when she first went cross-country running as a child, through the frozen fields around her school in Kinross. The interview with Laura was an incredible pleasure and rare insight into the mind of someone who knows what it takes to suffer for her art. Doing a veterinary degree is hard enough, but doing so while performing at the highest level as an international athlete boggles the mind. So sit back, or maybe go for a run, and enjoy this my conversation with the record-breaking Flying Scot, Laura Muir. Listen on iTunes here. Listen on Soundcloud here. Listen on Stitcher here. Listen on Spotify here.

Outline of this episode: ● [02:41] The amazing story behind Laura’s Birmingham trip in 2018 ● [05:45] Where Laura developed her love for running and what motivates her in life ● [10:39] How Laura was able to compete in running while pursuing a veterinary degree ● [15:43] Laura’s advice for vet students ● [17:11] Avoiding negative self-talk ● [19:54] How Laura fell in love with the veterinary world ● [22:43] What vet school taught Laura ● [24:49] Minimizing injuries and keeping your fitness up ● [29:26] Overcoming obstacles and using failures as launchpads for growth ● [33:29] Navigating emotional ups-and-downs ● [35:47] Setting goals and staying motivated ● [38:16] Are athletes from certain countries simply better runners? ● [39:27] Laura’s favorite competition ● [40:49] Finding mentors as a competitive athlete ● [44:23] Laura’s tips to be a better runner ● [46:15] Banned substances in competitive sport

● [48:59] How Laura stays authentic and grounded on social media ● [50:52] What it is like to be part of Team GB? ● [52:15] Laura’s kryptonite ● [53:15] Laura’s best piece of advice ● [54:28] Spotting good advice from bad advice ● [57:16] Laura’s favorite recent purchase ● [59:04] Laura’s advice to her younger self ● [59:34] What most people don’t know about Laura ● [1:01:14] Cultivating a stoic mindset ● [1:03:54] Laura’s parting message

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