I have been a bit lax on keeping my blog updated, and Randi is really holding up the fort by making sure there are regular blog posts. I think the problem is that since we have moved and with a long commute, I am either tired or distracted. I do plan to work through this and my idea is to try and do a weekly blog post.
These posts may end up being quite short, but perhaps over time they will increase in size and breadth. Hopefully these posts will hold your interest and not be too boring. On the subject of new things; myself, Randi and a buddy are attempting to get off the ground our first ultra race here on the coast and that is demanding some of my time to. Perhaps I should learn to clone myself and then I can try to get everything done.
In regards to setting up a race there is way more to it than you think, and it is not an easy process and then trying to encourage people to register is hard work. Apologize to everyone and anyone I know through social media or real life, as I have been encouraging everyone to come run the race, but I really want the race to be a success.
The good thing about trying to set up the race is the fact, we are getting to know new people on the coast through trying to set up the race. When you are new to an area, it is not always easy to meet new people so having a way of meeting new people and broadening my horizons at the same time seems like a win win to me.
So in respect to the race, it appears others have tried and failed to get an ultra race on the coast up and running, so this just encourages me, my buddy Rich and Randi to try and make this race work and be a success. We are trying our best to reach out and get the community involved so it’s not just our race but a community event and an event that puts the Sunshine Coast trails on the map.
A lot of people tend to consider the coast for mountain biking, but people do not appreciate those same trails are just as good as anything in Squamish or the North Shore. We had hoped there would have been more take up for the race by now, but we are hoping that in due course the race will start to fill up more.
We have a 50km, 25km and a 1km kids race; we have set up a Facebook page, an Instagram account and to come shortly a website, which I really need to pull my finger out and help Randi with.
That’s it for now, but I will aim to get my weekly blog post in next week so watch this space.
I normally try to be clam with respect to upcoming races and just think, I have fitted in what training I could and I will be ok and I can push on through. But the issue I have right now is that moving house and getting sick derailed my training and not being the smartest guy around, I went against common practice and tried to start back running at the same level.
Well trying to go back to running at full pelt and with too much speed work, bad form from snow and ice and I think possibly new shoes, means I am now having to rest up for a couple of weeks due to injury. It is my own stupid fault but I was concerned I did not have enough mileage for my 100 mile race in March. So now I will have even less through my own stupidity as I now have shin splints.
Runners that run a lot tend to use running as an outlet to relive frustration and to get away from it all. So when you cannot run, you of course see your friends running or virtually via social media which can lead to you being a grumpy runner. I am currently that injured grumpy runner.
So hopefully if these couple of week’s rest cure my injury issues, I then have 6 weeks to train for 100 miles. It’s a hard task for sure and I keep saying to myself, I have the athletic base and the mental grit and I can do this. But then the other part of my brain has the klaxons and flashing lights going and is in full on panic mode, as me and Randi have flights booked, the race is paid for, we are meeting friends down at the race. I need to pull myself together I know, but I have never not started or not finished a race, and I do not want my first hundred to be a failure.
I have had time on my hands resting, so I have been googling doing a 100 miler on low volume training, 6 week training plans etc. I did have a training plan but that went out the window in October and now I am wondering if I can wing it like all my other races. I guess only time will tell.
Friends and other runners have suggested not to sweat and not to panic, but it is hard not to. But now I have written this blog post and put it out there, I’m going to try and focus and be positive. Any time goals I think can be forgotten and the main focus will be to get my first hundred finished.
Some have said better to turn up undertrained but injury free and that makes sense. I wouldn’t want to do 100 miles with shin pain. So I’m going to try and turn up uninjured and when the lack of training makes me falter, I will bring in my mental game and push through the pain and doubt.
I guess I am not the only one to get injured and have self doubt about an upcoming race. But when you have planned for an event for so long, it’s easy to lose focus when you hit setbacks.
In the comments please leave your stories of injury and doubt and how you got through it.