Despite being still only 26-years-old, there are not many things Laura Muir has failed to achieve so far.

And come next weekend, she could well be ticking off another goal.

Muir already holds Scottish, British and European records but she has yet to set a world record. Which is why next weekend could be one of the most important of Muir’s career.

On Saturday, at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow, Muir will make an attempt at the 1000m indoor world record.

The current mark is 2 minutes 30.94 seconds, set by former Olympic champion, Maria Mutola, in 1999 while Muir’s personal best for the distance is just under a second slower but that was set in 2017, but there is little doubt the Milnathort runner is a better athlete than she was three years ago.

She began her season in solid fashion last weekend, running an 800m personal best at the 4J Studios Championships. And while the always unassuming Muir is reluctant to make any grand predictions regarding her world record attempt, she is confident of the shape she is in as she heads to Glasgow.

“I’m really happy with where I am – my run last weekend showed that I was in a really good place,” she said.

“It’s always a bit nerve-wracking when you’ve not raced for so long so it was nice to get a nice, solid time down.

“So I feel like I’m on a platform where I can just build and build throughout the year now. “

Muir has had something of a disrupted winter, with achillies issues hampering her training towards the end of last year. But having slowly but surely edged herself back to fitness, she is confident that her body is stronger and more robust than ever going into this indoor season.

Were Muir to break Mutola’s world record next weekend, it would be the first world record set on Scottish soil since Ireland’s Sonia O’Sullivan ran a world best over 2000m in 1994. Muir has good form on the Glasgow track having won double European indoor gold there last year and she admits that if she could break a world record in her home country, on the track she trains on day in, day out, it would be quite a moment.

“It would be amazing,” she said.

“I’ve broken British and European records already so I feel like a world record one is the last box to tick so it would be very special. And even more so with it being on my home track. My friends and family will be there watching too, which they don’t get to do too often.

“And this will be a good chance to really test where I am.”

As important as next weekend is for Muir, her primary focus this year is the Olympic Games, which are now less than six months away.

“Muir made her Olympic debut four years ago and so with this being her second Olympic cycle, things feel somewhat more familiar but that doesn’t dampen the excitement she feels about the coming months.

“I can’t believe it’s been four years since Rio, it’s gone so fast," she said.

Now the Olympics isn’t far away and I’m sure it’s going to come round really quickly. Even though it’s my second, it’s still really special. I went to Tokyo last year and had a look at the place and you can feel the buzz there already.

So I’m really looking forward to getting out and racing ahead of the Olympics.

“With Rio, I wasn’t exactly surprised that I made gthe team but at the same time, it was a great achievement to make the Olympics. "Everything was very new for me – the Olympic Village and all of that whereas this time, I know what to expect from that side of things.

But at the same time, it’s the Olympics and it’ll be a very different Games to Rio so it’s still very exciting. It’s nice though to have the experience of having major championships behind me so I know better how to deal them.”

There is much optimism about what Muir could do in Tokyo. Her performance in the 1500m final at the World Championships last year, where she ran a lightening-quick time of 3 minutes 55.76 seconds despite a hugely interrupted build-up due to injury, indicates what she is capable of.

However, the down side of that run was that despite such a quick time, she only finished in fifth place. For some, that could be disheartening. But instead, Muir has chosen to take a raft of positives from her performance in Doha.

“Even though I didn’t win a medal in Doha, I was so happy with my run because I’d had such a turbulent lead-up,” she said.

“It was the most challenging time I’d had ahead of a championships so that really tested me in a lot of different ways and it showed that I could come out the other end and perform well.

“Doha gave me a lot of encouragement because if I can do that off of that build-up, what can I do at 100 percent?

"The secret going into Tokyo is to not get injured, so hopefully I’ll be in a very good place come the Olympics.”

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