Lessons learned after reflection in yesterdays Run With Rudolph Trail Run - 8 plus miler.
1) Pacing at the start was one of my best effort’s. A group of runners started fast, and I focused on acclimating to a faster pace first, and then started the process of passing fading runners.
2) I was working hard, and I felt I could sustain the pace about 20 to 30 minutes in, which gave me confidence to keep pushing my pace.
3) After climbing, my transition to downhill running felt controlled, which was one of my goals.
4) This all changed when I took a wrong turn. Once I discovered my error, my first reaction was to comfortably cruise in. Thankfully, I decided to go into “crush it” mode (3 C’s - comfortable, controlled, crush it).
5) Fortunately I was able to maintain a decent pace, and was staying ahead of runners I passed for the second time.
6) After pushing the final climb, I was running at full speed to the finish line, partly because I could hear runners behind me, and my desire to finish strong.
7). My primary take away is to show up earlier on race day, and scout the course.
I hope this post is helpful. ⛰🏃♀️🏃🏻🏃♀️🏃🏻🏃♀️🏃🏻👊🙌