How wrong she was.
Her coach Malcolm Arnold breeds champions, not wimps, which is why Scotland's newly-crowned Athlete of the Year has had to tolerate the elements since resuming training three weeks ago around her base in Bath, graft now paid forward, she hopes, when the hurdles specialist returns to the competitive fray in the New Year.
Still, dark thoughts are muttered under breath. "Why are we doing this? Why are we trudging through muddy fields and getting soaking wet?" The evidence is persuasive. Her endurance of this regime last winter ushered the 26-year-old from fringe performer towards centre stage, pre-empting a season which saw her claim a first major medal outdoors in the 4x400 metres relay at the world championships following the accumulation of European silver and gold indoors. "This is the hardest part," she confirmed. "People always think the competing is the hardest bit but it's not. It's everything now because this is when you put in all the work. When you get to a race, all the hard work's done. You just relax and get on with it."
Media duties in Grangemouth yesterday and a trip to Easter Road tonight to support her beloved Hearts will be a brief calm before the storm. 2014 will bring world indoors, Commonwealth Games and European Championships and Arnold will not tolerate any regression. Likewise, his charge - she has been confirmed in the line-up for January's Indoor International in Glasgow - will demand more of herself with technical improvements at the top of the list.
Child will also maintain her weekly sessions with her psychologist Mike Cunningham, to deal with the increased pressure which will come with being one of the faces of Glasgow 2014. "We're only human at the end of the day," she said. "You can only control what you can do. What I talk to him about is what I can control. I can't control what anybody else does. I can go to Glasgow and be on the start line, having done everything I can to be in the best shape. If that's enough to win, that's great. If it's not, then it's not."
There, she will hope to match her individual Commonwealth 400m hurdles silver of Delhi 2010 and probably pursue another relay medal. Scotland's cause would be greatly helped if Lee McConnell, due to give birth to her first child imminently, was to make a speedy return.
"If she came back and ran well, it would be an amazing story," said Child. "From a relay point, we all want her to come back, but we're not putting any pressure on her. Hopefully, she has a healthy birth but we're eager for her to come back; she's a vital part of our team."