What: Osmotherley Pheonix, 18 mile Trail Race
So just over a week after the race and having felt normal again for the last few days, I thought I would reflect on the race, which for me, went horribly wrong. What happened? Basically I failed to follow my own adivce and didnt stick to routine on race day. Now I’m not talking about following superstitions, I don’t think I have any, I’m talking about doing something different, which may effect your performance. For me it was drinking orange squash, I’ve never done it before during a run and why I chose to then comes down to one thing: it was there infront of me, right slap bang across the track! The effect on my stomach was almost instantaneous and the gastro-inestinal distress caused my legs to lose power and running became almost impossible for a short time.
So after feeling fairly good for the first 5 miles or so the next 13 were a chore of run/walk and self talk to get myself going again ….and then the sun came out which made things that little bit more onerous. As I write this I’m thinking to myself “don’t be so negative”, however the above is probably a true reflection of my mood on the day.
Turning negatives into positives –
- I did get myself going again and completed the race in 04:01.00 and came 52nd.
- The route is a beautiful route around and over the North Yorkshire Moors.
- I will definitely learn from my mistake and plan my fuelling more carefully for future races.
- I discuss self-talk and positive attitudes with my clients often in the clinic and this day was a good example of talking your way through to the finish.
- The run as a whole did nothing but highten my respect for distance and ultra marathon runners the other routes were 26 and 33 miles).
So what now? There will defintielybe more trail runs for me in the future, not sure what distance, but first the Darlington 10k in August.
As an aside, one week after the Osmotherley Phooenix, I spoke to someone who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2008 and had subsequently decided to take up trail running “for their health” starting with a mile a week. The fact that they were still here to talk to me and running considerably longer distances was inspirational.