When you first start running, every race is a victory. You are hitting new distances. You are getting stronger. You are getting faster. And every race is a Personal Best.
The momentum is addicting. But the longer you run, the harder it is to hold on to that. You start becoming addicted to the numbers - "What's my Pace? What's my Time?" And those numbers start to dictate how you feel about your training and your races. You stop enjoying the experience.
At least that has been something I have struggled with this year. If I am not getting faster and I am not going farther - then I am not succeeding.
But the truth is, running is about more than that. And I know it. So it was time for a change - something different to shake-up my perspective and challenge me in a different way.
Enter Trail Running.
So first of all, the pacing is completely different. Because of the terrain and the changes in elevation you can not pace yourself the way you would for a road race. Your pace has to be slower to manage the slopes and the uneven footing. It is also impossible to compare distances/results because each race will be different - different elevation gains, different terrain, different routes - all mean different challenges.
Have your ever tried trail racing? Do you have any tips and tricks for me?
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,