Perri Shakes-Drayton has lifted the lid on life as an athlete - and says she hopes to be one day considered as the greatest runner ever.
Shakes-Drayton has enjoyed a successful 2013 so far after the disappointment of missing out on the 400m hurdle final at the London Olympics last summer.
The 24-year-old claimed two golds at the European Indoor Championships in March to lay down a marker ahead of the World Championships in Moscow later this summer, and offered a glimpse of her potential as she beat hurdle rival and Olympic champion Natalya Antyukh in a 200m hurdle exhibition race in Manchester last week.
With many predicting Shakes-Drayton, will be amongst the medals in Moscow, the Team GB athlete has revealed some of the sacrifices she makes to be at the top of her sport.
When quizzed about the worst part of being an athlete in an interview with the Guardian, she replied: "When it comes to going to the physio, people think you are going to have a massage and it’s really nice. It’s not at all; it’s extremely painful. It has to be done, though, as it’s part of your recovery."
She added of her preparation routine: "The week before, I carb up with pasta, potatoes and rice. Then on the morning of a race I always, without a doubt, have porridge with nutmeg and a smoothie with vegetables in it, because I don’t like eating them otherwise."
Shakes-Drayton, who is in action on Saturday at the Diamond League event in Eugene, Oregon, suffered Olympic heartbreak after missing out on a chance to claim a medal in London, a blow worsened by the fact the games were hosted close to where she grew up.
Having bounced back with a double-gold winning performance at the European indoor championships, she singled out her success in Gothenburg, particularly in the individual 400m, as the highlight of her career so far.
"That was a great achievement for me because it wasn't my usual event," she revealed. "I'm a 400m hurdler. So to have won an individual race ... plus we also won the 4x4 relay. Even though I've been to the Olympics, I would still say the European because I got a medal. It felt brilliant."
Asked to pick between watching Mo Farah or 100m record-holder Usain Bolt in full flight she opted for her Team GB team-mate, while she also revealed her grand ambition for her career.
"I'm hoping it will be me!" she joked when asked who is the greatest runner ever.
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