It's the start of a new week... the sun is shining down over the mystical land of Wales. My morning run along the trails done... Climbing over fallen trees, floating through the fields. Now it's time to gather my thoughts and bring you all up to date with what's been happening recently.
30th July 2016: British Athletics trial for the World Mountain Running Championships, Skiddaw
Skiddaw, Jenkins Hill. What a hill. What a test. Walking the course the day before the race, I knew the race was going to be a toughie. A real mental battle.
Ultimately, I knew the race was not going to be against the other runners... it was going to be against yourself and your own head. Against your own desire to do your best, leave it all out there on the course and get up that hill as fast as you could.
The start of the junior women's race was fairly flat, with a gradual climb. I knew if I went off too fast I would be suffering when I got to the brutal climb so the plan was to go off steady and meet the hill at an easy pace when I got to it.
Sticking to the plan, I led the pack along the easier section, trotting along nicely, skipping over the stones. All too soon, we met with Jenkins Hill and the fun began.
A little bit of running, a little bit of walking when the pain gets too much. Up and up, feeling like my lungs were going to burst. I'd honestly never ran up anything so steep before.
Running up into the misty clouds which were hanging over the hill, around the final steep switchback, I knew I'd done enough and managed to run relaxed along the more gradual last km to the finish.
By winning the race, I'd automatically qualified to run for GB at the World Mountain Running Championships alongside my Welsh team mate and friend Bronwen Jenkinson who finished in second place.
Well done to everyone who competed in all the races that day, just completing that brutal course is an achievement in itself.
Time to put the hard work in for the big one in September.
The British team for the World Mountain Running Championships on September 11th in Bulgaria can be found here.
|Working hard during the trial|
British Junior Home International Training Camp, Caldbeck YHA
This past weekend, I travelled up to the Lake District once more, this time for a training camp with some of the other up and coming young mountain runners in the UK.
Let's be honest, it wouldn't be a training camp if I didn't fall over or damage myself in some way. I again managed to do just that by slipping on a rock during the first run of the camp shortly after we arrived. This resulted in a very cut knee that wouldn't stop bleeding for about 24 hours. I'm just lucky I don't damage myself more seriously when I fall!
The camp was a lot of fun, learning new things and getting to know some people better.
We did a hill session on the dreaded Jenkins Hill up Skiddaw into driving wind and rain but this was good fun even though we were all soaked through when we finished.
There were talks about massage, warm ups, winter training, nutrition, the mental aspects of running, international opportunities and many fun team building activities.
Thank you to everyone involved in creating such an inspiring weekend.
|Sunday long run with the rest of the juniors|
|Team building activities involving getting the pole to the ground|
I've got some more exciting news as I am now very thrilled to say I am an inov-8 brand ambassador! I'm so proud to be supported by this brand and can't wait to get running successfully (I'll try not to fall over!) in more of the kit and shoes and also write some blog posts for the brand.
A big massive THANK YOU to inov-8 for giving me this opportunity.
I am excited for what the future may hold. Nevertheless, for now as we learnt at the training camp on the weekend... it's time to focus on the three p's.
positive, present, process
Until next time,