THE IMPORTANCE OF #REFLECTION. .
Last week I was due to do a 50+ mile week, but after I cocked up on long run Sunday and an unintended rest day, it sat at around 44. I was disappointed. What an arbitrary disappointment that was. But at the time I felt like I could only have been proud of myself if I reached the big 5-0, and the fact I had an unintended rest day because my body was saying “no” made me feel like I didn’t have enough mental grit to put the grind in. .
I often joke to people that I don’t have much mental strength, but I think the embeddedness of that joke in my life has meant that whenever training doesn’t go to plan I blame it entirely on my mentality rather than the simple reason of....maybe my body needed a rest, or needed to run slower, or maybe something else was more important. .
It’s ridiculous to think that missing one run and cutting a long run short last week meant I couldn’t feel proud of myself. To think that this time 4 years ago I was diagnosed with #ChronicFatigueSyndrome puts things into perspective. I funnelled all my energies into recovering from that, and eventually running and exercise played a key part in the process. I’ve been “recovered” for over 3 years now and I thank my lucky stars I was able to mend myself fairly quickly. I’m the fittest, strongest and healthiest I’ve ever been. And *that’s* what I should be proud of. .
There is no correlation between running X miles and being a strong and determined person. There is no correlation between resting your body and being mentally weak. There is just me, and all of you, dedicated and committed to whatever it is we hope to get out of this funny ole thing we call running.
Better get a move on and run off to catch my next flight!!!🏃🏼👊🏻. . . It's been great to see you again NZ, and run in your hills and mountains ✌🏻. . . However, this kiwi fellas got someone in Chile that he's just gotta get too😍!!! . . . This year has seen me travel to Italy for love❤️, via Aussie and the Middle East. Then an epic trip to Chile in South America❤️🏃🏼🏃♀️👫. . . Then back to NZ for a couple of awesome races @cignartb half marathon in Wellington and the @motatapu_nz ultra mountain race down in Wanaka 👊🏻✌🏻. . . However, my ❤️calls me back to Chile and a woman I absolutely love 💘. . . It's been a year of unexpected events, and that's kinda how I love to live my life. And a chance meeting has led to the greatest adventure of all💑. I ❤️U @frangibar and I can't wait to see you again 💘. . . And of course, run in those Andes mountains🏃♀️🏃🏼😍🔥. . . So as I run off into the sunset in slow motion, I just want to wish you all the best week possible❤️ So get up, get out there, and live your life. Fill your days with adventure, and your nights with passion. Most of all, do it with love in your heart and a smile on your face❤️😄. . . Who knows what or who is waiting for you out there??❤️❤️❤️🏃♀️🏃🏼💑💘😈🙈🔥😘😍. . . Happy running everyone😘
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While waiting for official race results and badass photos.
This graphic illustrates elevation of yesterday's 21K trail run. My thigh and quads are in pain hahahah. But fortunately I can still walk around. I hope to be able to do a recovery run tomorrow.
What was my strategy as far as elevation is concerned?
1. Knowing when to run up the incline or when to powerwalk.
I was lucky that during my training, I've experienced running on a golf course track that was very hilly (thanks P Paulo), on very high inclines (employee gathering), and on technical tracks in Hutan UI & Sentul (thanks @boschrunners.id & @detrac !). From these experiences, I was able to differentiate when I am just being lazy, or when my body really requires me to take it easy in order to save energy.
2. Never stop.
Yes, I can walk up the incline. Yes, I can take it easy. I allowed myself to pause and catch my breath (and take selfies to remind myself to enjoy the journey). But never stop. I was able to overtake a lot of people simply by not stopping.
Downhill is a separate topic that requires a different set of skills. But in essence for me the key to trail running is training and technique.
You have to train for it. Interval trainings. Hill repeats. Balance and core training. To be honest... I have not done this religiously. Now that Tahura is over, I can update my training plan and incorporate more of this.
While doing training, build your technique by running in different terrains when you can. Run outdoors. On sandy hills. Muddy tracks. 'Rootsy' trails. Roads with rocks. Under the rain.
Anyway, that's what I think helped me with the yesterday's trail run. I am also a beginner myself so some of the things I mentioned may be incomplete or wrong... And I am very much open to learn of any new tips!
TRAINING FOR THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
Or, I really must learn to run in straight lines.
Solid 13 miles in the bank with the she beast @mighty_mayyah this morning.
Beautiful sky, great company, DOMS into only one glute, hands like ice blocks... What more could you ask for 😂🤔❄️🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♀️