The Dumyat hill race... where to start. It strikes fear into the hearts of staff and students alike. 390m of climbing in 7.9km, not the hardest hill race I’ve ever done by a long shot but by no means easy. It’s a very runable route up Dumyat and down making it not particularly technical but this makes it a very, very fast race! Which more than makes up the deficit on the toughness scale! Hill races always hurt, just some hurt in different ways.
However, just because a race hurts and you push as hard as your body will let you, doesn’t always produce the result you want, need and were hoping for. For me, this is an all too familiar feeling but under quite difference circumstances this time. I didn’t run great but still a good experience.
I’m not sure why I thought I was going to run to my full potential, there was nothing to say I should have run fast. Something I have come to learn is that just because you feel good doesn’t mean you will run fast! What dictates whether you will run fast is the quality of the work put into training! Now I have been putting in a lot of quality in order to prepare for Xterra Italy, leaving me in a bit of a sorry state. I entered on a bit of a whim, having done the Stirling Bike Club APR the night before, basically a 60km ride where the middle 40km is to put it simply as hard as you can go. In the morning I swam 5km and rode for 2hours... all of this off the back of a race weekend at BUCS with considerable time spent travelling. It now feels like just having made the start line was a not bad effort, haha!
Thanks to one of my best friends and flat mate Chris for riding up to watch, cheers me on and take some pictures! After 5 minutes of running I realised just how badly this was going to hurt after my legs decided that they didn’t want to run as fast as I was telling them to.
|Surviving on the way up!|
|More going up....|
|Map of Route|
And on Sunday another wee 75km spin with the old man and it was well blowy! But the windy just makes you stronger on race day! And my Dad will need to be strong for the Celtman, Scotland’s and possibly the toughest Ironman distance race in the world. Excited to be a part of the 1st year its being run and his mountain run stage support runner.
Aside from that... I ate a lot of cake...
|Cake... well what was left after I got at it.|