Thursday, March 17, 2011

THOUGHTS FROM THE TRAIL

As I was running today in Squamish, my favorite loop I might add, I had a few thoughts.

The main thought was about how I was feeling at the Dirty Duo 25km on the weekend. As I mentioned in my last post, I was pretty sick the 4 days leading up to it, but felt 70% or so Saturday and decided to come out and just give what I had. I noted that I didn't have a whole lot, the energy was lacking and after about 7 females passed me early on (and a bunch of men) I just wanted to stop. I knew Peter's aid station was pretty close by and there would be a nice warm NSA truck to jump into. BUT, I didn't come out to try and win and in the case I wasn't winning, just stop. I came out to enjoy the day with a bunch of friends and get a fun run in.

What do you think? Do you think it's perfectly acceptable to go out and use races as training runs?

Anywho, I was happy to be smiling when I came back around the 2nd time to Peter's aid station because it took a lot of mental power to keep going and I'm glad I did, regardless of where I finished. I think sometimes it's almost easier to DNF and that is why a lot of the top guys do when they aren't having the day they were hoping for (unless of injury). Salute to those who keep truckin'!

See you in the trails!

3 comments:

priceyruns said...

Nice post!

I had a pretty ordinary run on Saturday as well, went off course a bit, body wasnt up to it and there are probably a dozen other excuses I can think of if someone wanted to listen ...

But at the end of the day, I got to see a whole bunch of other people have great races, I raced with my good buddy on a relay team and then spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out with really cool people.

For the most part having a crappy race, or a race thats not quite as you or others would expect make all the good ones that much more enjoyable.

Cheers
Pricey

priceyruns said...

Nice post!

I had a pretty ordinary run on Saturday as well, went off course a bit, body wasnt up to it and there are probably a dozen other excuses I can think of if someone wanted to listen ...

But at the end of the day, I got to see a whole bunch of other people have great races, I raced with my good buddy on a relay team and then spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out with really cool people.

For the most part having a crappy race, or a race thats not quite as you or others would expect make all the good ones that much more enjoyable.

Cheers
Pricey

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