Foxtrail pre-race thoughts

Tomorrow will be the 3rd race of the Foxtrail winter series for me. An early start to get to Foxlake HQ by 8:15. We will run through the woods near the Foxlake adventure centre near Dunbar and also along Dunbar beach itself.

The weather is look good for the race, the wind should be on our back or slightly on our side which is better than being in our face along the beach.

The race is just short of 10 miles and this has caused me to think a bit more about my footwear and also race tactics. The issue I have had is my Inov-8 X-Talon 200s which are slightly more roomy in the toe box have been giving me blisters on the end of my toes after racing 8 or 9 miles. There seems to be a ridge where the insole meets the end of the show which is really rough. Up until 8 or 9 miles they are really comfy but my X-Talon 190s are a more snug fit with less cushioning.

Just now I'm thinking I'm going to go with the slightly more snug fit of the 190s for a couple of reasons, the first is they are slightly lighter and I know for a fact that we are going to get our feet wet tomorrow and I don't really want to be running with any extra weight, the second is I really don't want blisters on my toes or have to change my running because I can feel the blisters. I might just pack both pairs and decide in the morning.

As for my race tactics, I think I'm going to try and be sensible, go out at maybe just sub 6 minutes mile pace and see how it goes. I expect to be running slower on the beach as it's going to be soft underfoot but if I can make up the pace once we get back on to the harder forest trail I will.

As for positions, I'd love to get another podium and make it three in a row but you just never know who is going to be racing and what form they are going to be in. All I can do is run my own race and remember that I don't need to be in the top 3 in the first mile, but I do in the final mile! It's all about pacing and tactics.

Tomorrow's blog will be about the race itself and you'll find out if my tactics and pacing worked or not!

 

Today has been a rest day for me, making sure my legs are in as good a shape as they can be. I've the usual pre-race niggles e.g. tight muscles and thinking I'm falling apart, but apart from that, I'm feeling good. I've also just had a delivery of stoats porridge bars which I've really gotten in to recently, especially pre and post races. Do you think a box of 28 bars is enough?

 

Owain Williams

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