Another weekend, another HURT race on Oahu. But this one had a record turn out, over one hundred and seventy people showed up!
The race organisers did a great job, not only in terms of marshalling and preparing the route, but also in terms of foot-print. T-shirts were only available if you pre-ordered i.e. you had to think about whether you really wanted one, and prizes were stainless steel cups!
This weekend a group of local trail runners are joining the Na Ala Hele trail system maintenance crew, to clear a section of connecting trail. The next morning, the same group will test-run the route, putting together a 22 mile out & back following the lower contours of the Ko’olau Mountains.
Trail runners are a bunch of fairly mellow people. There may be some structure to their training but it usually just involves going out and running. Take for example Morgan Arritola, who won last year’s XTerra World Trail Champs here on Oahu. In a recent interview with Trail Runner magazine, Morgan talks about running on the trails behind her house for hours at a time. Interestingly, Morgan also states she does what she feels like she should do.
This is a great point! Running as you feel can make such a difference to our overall levels of performance and general happiness. If we feel tired maybe we need a rest day, or a form of gentle exercise or maybe some restorative yoga. If we are bouncing off the walls and full of beans – a track session, or ashtanga may be the answer! Of course, there is a fine line between ‘tiredness’ and ‘fatigue’, and knowing when to keep going or when to stop is a tricky decision to make – if in doubt, stay home and put your feet up, literally! When it comes to exercising as you feel, there was great advice from Tara Styles in an intriguing article on MindBodyGreen this week:
“Activities that make you feel free, connected, calm and capable reinforce habits that keep creating the same feelings. Activities that make you feel anxious, stressed, and not good enough also lead to reinforcing habits. The activity itself doesn’t matter. What matters is how you feel about it. How you practice is most important.” Tara Styles
Maybe if we all run and do yoga as we feel and the rest will fall in to place. Namaste.
This post is dedicated to Sara (left) who turned up for the HURT race to run in memory of a close friend.
Photo by Augusto Decastro.