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What do you think about when you're racing? Cartmel Trail Race 21/03/10

Posted by Rob Woollen on June 29, 2010 at 6:07 AM

Cartmel in the Lake District is a lovely venue for a trail run. This was 17km of fairly challenging terrain - and we got a Sticky Toffee Pudding for our trouble!


The question I decided to answer for you this time around is one that I am often asked. What do you think about when you are running for two hours. I decided to really give that question some thought during the run.


If you have asked me that question before, I have probably said that I use the run as a sort of meditation, sorting out my thoughts and getting my head straight. And that is certainly true for a nice relaxing trainign run around Styal Woods or along the Mersey. But what about on race day? Do I still let my thoughts drift off, or do I think about the run at all?


It turns out that I spend almost every minute of the race thinking about the race itself. How is my time? Am I going too fast or too slow? Can I put a little more effort in without blowing up? Who is around me? Am I gaining or losing places? Am I using my arms properly? Am I using my legs properly? Am I on target for my finish goal?


So the answer is that I spend the vast majority of the time thinking about the run, my technique and my time.

Categories: Racing and events

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