The Buffalo Stampede, Mt Solitary Ultra and The North Face 50, all similar races, all entered into with very different intentions. Each taught me something different and contributed to filling up my confidence cup again.
Buffalo: This was about finding my flow again, running free in the mountains without pushing. Connection. DONE.
Mt Solitary Ultra: I wanted to be swift, feel light and get the most out of my body. DONE.
The North Face 50: I wanted to finish in a similar time to Solitary. I was going in un-tapered after a huge training load, I knew I would be tired. I wanted to stay positive and run with my heart. Practice digging deep and work on the mental side of my training. DONE.
Setting intentions for my running (training and racing) is deeply important to me. It keeps me committed to my journey and on track with my greater purpose. I love to run, and race. I strive to get the best from my body and I don't pretend to not be competitive, I am. This said, I never make my intention or goal about position or place, as this is so extrinsic. If someone out runs me in a race, yet I've had the best run of my life, what a shame to come away from that experience feeling like I've failed.
1. Where is my body at? What can I reasonably expect from it?
2. What am I needing to work on physically/nutritionally/mentally?
3. Where am I lacking confidence?
4. How have I performed at similar races or relevant training?
(useful if you want to have a time goal)
5. What am I working towards? How important is this race to me?
6. How can this run prepare me best for what I have coming up in the future?
I believe if you are intentional in your training and your racing, and you truly consider these things, you will make good decisions, nurture your body and get the most out of what you have in any given moment. It helps me stay motivated and committed to the process and it frees me from the burden of nerves, disappointment and expectation.
Run Intentionally. Run Happy. Run Free.
Finishing TNF 50, 2nd by 2 minutes but thrilled with achieving my intention.
I am very thankful to Barefoot Inc, Inov8 and Compressports for helping me to run free and comfortable on the trails. For TNF50 they kitted me out in the following and it worked perfectly!