IT wasn’t strictly correct to say that Laura Muir was turning her attention to world domination after becoming the first European athlete in more than 50 years of trying to successfully defend two continental indoor titles. No, in the meticulous world of Muir – all plotted out on the calendars and spreadsheets of her coach Andy Young – the process of planning for September’s World Championships in Doha and the Olympics in Tokyo next July began way back in August. “Oh that was planned ages ago!” deadpans Young. “That was planned last autumn – I’ve only tinkered with it a bit!”

Muir was spotted with GB & NI team-mates like Eilidh Doyle in the other worldly surroundings of a Glasgow chip shop on Sunday night, some English-based prime athletes subjecting themselves to curiosities such as deep fried Mars bars even though they should probably be on the prescribed list. The 25-year-old from Milnathort in Perthsire, who now resides in thee heart of the city, had the rarity of a day off as well. But, when all the crowds, well-wishers, media crews and facades have gone, she will be back at the Emirates Arena today, starting the slow build to Doha this September. She will be granted a short break then do what Young describes as a “normal track season” before disappearing to South Africa for a month immediately ahead of the championships. That means maintaining her spot as the world’s top ranked 1500m runner and putting a marker down in the Diamond League.

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“Now it becomes a wee bit calmer, just a normal track season before you prepare that bit extra for the World Championships,” said Young. “It’s a more relaxing period. You don’t have to worry about getting as ill in the summer, for starters. We’re just going to run a normal summer, then go away and train in South Africa, probably, for three or four weeks going into the World Championships. She’ll start racing end of May, early June, do various distances. And I’m sure she’ll want to do well in all those races. She likes to win, as you know.”

That is perhaps the understatement of the year. As illustrated this weekend, whether it is blasting away from Konstanze Klosterhalfen in her 3000m final, or controlling a race from start to finish like she did in the 1500m, Muir now has various ways to win. And - no matter what they try - her opponents feel fated to lose.

“I gave Laura some freedom [in the 1500m final],” said Young. “We talked about some options. She was talking about going out hard from the start but I suggested she leave it a bit. Because nobody can handle that last 200, 400, even 600 pace.

“Is there an intimidation factor now?”he added. “Well, they’re struggling to come up with a way to beat her. They know that she can run it fast, they know she’s the one to watch. It wasn’t a surprise to me, what happened. The rest of them just fall into line.”

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The field, of course, is sure to be significantly tougher by the time Doha ticks round – when the likes of Genzebe Dibaba and Sifan Hassan could be in the mix. But the organising committee have thrown in one curve ball: by scheduling the finals of the women’s 1500m and 5000m just half an hour apart, it means that neither Muir, nor her two great rivals, can double up. Still without an outdoor world title to her name, this time Young is happy about the idea of just tackling one event, almost certainly the 1500m.

“Obviously that [doubling up] is not a possibility,” said Young. “She’s probably going to want to do the 1500, that’s what’s in my thoughts as well. And, as you can see, she’s pretty good at it. So definitely, definitely, definitely this time only one event. You never say never but it will probably be the 1500. That’s her preference.

“Don’t ask me why they’ve scheduled it like that,” he added. “But, to be fair, I’m quite happy. It’s nine months out from the Olympics in Tokyo, I’d much rather have one event to focus on. It suits me down to the ground. “

It wasn’t just Laura who was able to exhale on Sunday night, her coach too savoured the relief of achieving her goals. “It’s even little things like forcing Laura to stop chatting to people and actually eat the banana,” says Young. “It’s hard because she’s excited, everyone else is excited, they all want to talk – but you’ve got to be thinking about the next race all the time. On Sunday night she could pause and enjoy it a bit more. And I wasn’t having to run around with hydration bottles and cereal bars.”