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    How hard do you try?

    Just a thought and something to ponder..... this is a question 'ive often asked myself, and i'm sure a lot of other runners do to? When Im running in a race, I suppose im running as hard as I can all the time, but actually that cannot be the case, as often I get to the end and im not really that knackered, so im thinking maybe I haven't been putting it all in.
    But during the race at any given point I never think to myself, ' I can run this bit faster' or 'speed up rev your not trying hard enough', but like I said on countless occasions I get to the finish and think 'you should've ran harder in the first few mile' or whenever. Is this a common thing with fell running, that you coast through the race, and get to the end thinkning you could have ran harder? It happened yesterday, I lost concentration for a couple of mile and a few people got past me, but the last few mile I ran like the clappers and finished very strongly with a lot more to give, so im thinking I should have tried harder throughout the race. One day im going to try and finish a race foaming at the mouth, gasping for breath, veins popping out everywhere......

    Do others think they give everything during a race?

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    Re: How hard do you try?

    I know I don't always give it my all mainly because I can get a 'zen head' on at times when I drift off into the rhythm of running and suddenly realise that I've run a mile without thinking about it and I literally do tell myself 'get a move on, you're in a race'. I also find that on longer races I sometimes hold back at the beginning because I worry a bit about whether I'll have enough in me to get round if I go at full pelt. Today I ran Commondale Clart after High Cup Nick yesterday and I can safely say that I tried as hard as I could all the way round to the point that I felt light headed and a bit sick at the end. I think it helped that, although I'm not doing our club championship, it was one of the championship races and loads of my club turned out. Normally I am the only woman interested in fell running so I did feel that it was my territory and I had something to prove.
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    Re: How hard do you try?

    All the time Reverand! If only i had run the last 100 metres of the hill instead of walking? If only i had run the descent quicker i could have picked that guy off! Most frustrating of all when 40 or 50 seconds could have gained you 7 or 8 places?

    I WILL try harder next time!!!:wink:
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    Re: How hard do you try?

    All the time. I think I push myself a bit but not enough out of comfort zone

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    Re: How hard do you try?

    i have never finished a race yet where i have crossed the line and not been dying but im not sure that equates to the best performance i could achieve because i need to learn to hold back sometimes and save it for when that hill comes or whatever, so maybe your just very good at your race craft and finish races having used exactly the right amount of energy when needed. the reason i feel i always push myself to that extent is that i like pain because im a bit sadistic like that,it makes me feel alive and not everyone is able to push themselves past that pain threshold. just do your best on the day and never have regrets.
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    Re: How hard do you try?

    I've often thought about this question. I find it interesting.

    One example I've got that I think is relevant is a 5 mile race I've done twice. The first year I finished in a real state, hardly able to talk, slightly dizzy. The next year, I was a couple of minutes quicker and not in such a state at all.

    I wondered if I'd just not pushed myself as much, but now I more think that it's just that I was fitter, so my lungs were more able to cope, but the pain had gone from being mainly in my lungs to more in my legs. So even though I wasn't in such a bad state at the end, I probably had pushed it as much as I could. It's just that my lungs being in a better state they gave the impression that I hadn't.

    That's the interpretation I'm sticking with for now anyway!
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    Re: How hard do you try?

    Last edited by Mike T; 27-02-2012 at 07:44 PM.

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    Re: How hard do you try?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheReverand View Post
    Just a thought and something to ponder..... this is a question 'ive often asked myself, and i'm sure a lot of other runners do to? When Im running in a race, I suppose im running as hard as I can all the time, but actually that cannot be the case, as often I get to the end and im not really that knackered, so im thinking maybe I haven't been putting it all in.

    But during the race at any given point I never think to myself, ' I can run this bit faster' or 'speed up rev your not trying hard enough', but like I said on countless occasions I get to the finish and think 'you should've ran harder in the first few mile' or whenever. Is this a common thing with fell running, that you coast through the race, and get to the end thinkning you could have ran harder? It happened yesterday, I lost concentration for a couple of mile and a few people got past me, but the last few mile I ran like the clappers and finished very strongly with a lot more to give, so im thinking I should have tried harder throughout the race. One day im going to try and finish a race foaming at the mouth, gasping for breath, veins popping out everywhere......

    Do others think they give everything during a race?
    I think I always put my best effort in during races and its the terrain that dictates quite how that effort pans out into performance. For sure the first couple of miles are always hard work but, after that, I kind of get into the rythm and it doesn't hurt so much; I'm not sure I'd want to use the 'not hurting so much' as a reason to try and speed up though. Fell races by their nature have faster finishes than starts most of the time (usually up then down) and obviously the down hill bits can seem easier, even if you're at full pelt. I also think the High Cup Nick on Saturday was the absolute perfect race for an 'easy' finish, given that it has that super last 4 miles. On my garmin I was absolutely flying for the last two miles see here and at the time could've done with the route being longer as I was fast catching up some of the runners in front of me
    Last edited by Stolly; 27-02-2012 at 10:57 AM.

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    Re: How hard do you try?

    totally depends what sort of race you're having.
    In my experience, when I know I am on for a good time after about halfway, then I'll give it everything for the remainder. Likewise if there's someone I've been trading places with during the course of a race I might give it an extra spurt at the end to try and get in ahead of them.
    But if I've had a poor first half start or if it's very slow conditions or whatever, I'll just trot in and save myself the aggro.
    At Borrowdale last year I'd possibly overtrained, with the result that I got to Scafell Pike about 15-20 mins after I'd been expecting, and in some discomfort due to a weak back.
    I had absolutely no motivation to complete the rest of the race 'as quickly as possible', didn't care in the slightest. Just wanted to get home.
    Most of the time though I have tried my best - often not good enough - in the last mile or two not to give my place away to anyone behind me.

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    Re: How hard do you try?

    The point is ,in most races (400m 800m exepted) both mentaly and phisicaly througout the race you must always feel "on the edge " but not over it.
    This leads us to feel, in the comfort of the after race post mortom "if only " I had pushed on the uphill/downhill etc etc ,when the fact is ,if we had done that we would have gone into oxygen debt and bingo race over.
    It is interesting to note that in some the British Milers club races one of the racers would be given his head to race "do or die" no tactics just go for it,Many died but some ran PBs .
    Try it on your next race , mind you even I might pass you if you do !!

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