Running goals are like false summits, this may seem like a weird analogy but bear with me. You spend years climbing towards that time goal, eyes transfixed, and yet when you finally run under that certain time instantly you begin imagining if you could go faster and that next false summit edges through the cloud cover. The most potent example of this for me is the marathon distance.
just flat out lie about them. In running it is hard to do any of those things when it comes to races. Sure you can make excuses or blame others but the numbers on the timesheet or medal not hanging up on your wall are hide to lie, blame or hide from...
Hidden among the trees of the Hurtwood, deep in the Surrey Hills lies one of my biggest running defeats. Back in December 2018, when Corona was still just a beer, I was utterly destroyed by the ultramarathon; Hurtwood 50k. I may have finished but in my eyes I failed. I struggled beyond belief and it scarred my confidence for many months, to put it bluntly the race destroyed me in every way
This is the long and cautionary tale of why it’s important to focus not just on the running side of running but resting and strengthening both your body and mind...
On Sunday I set a new marathon personal best and, if I’m honest, it was a complete accident. The day before the race I confessed to my friend that I didn’t even really want to run this marathon, my running mojo had been kicked into the long bushes as the fear of Marathon des Sables loomed overhead...
During all my races I have three voices that twist and scurry through my subconscious, battling for control. My mind, the hardened but sensible part of myself created through hours of training and self reflection. My body, the big kid inside that just wants to recklessly run and run. The old me, if Tigger is my body then the old me is Eeyore. That part of me is the person I was before I started to run, the 20 stone depression ridden guy who would always rather give up than double down.
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