Day 63 - Blimey, that was a tough day
Lydstep - LLanybri 48.3 km (1989.6 km done)
Start Time - 8.40 am
Finish Time - 6.03 pm
Moving time - 7 hours 43 mins
Vertical Gain - 1359 m
Garmin Temperatures a
Average - 26 C
Min - 23 C
Max - 24 C
The title says it all really, there were a lot of steep climbs and steep descents, with the 2/3 of the vertical gain being in the first half of the run. It was also much hotter than forecast and at times in the full sun with no breeze felt very hot indeed. It is done though, and having people along really helped out. Generally, the trails would be runnable on fresh legs and with a fresh mind, but this is not me at the moment, I'd love to come back and experience the Wales Coast Path with fresh legs.
It may be only me but the thing I love about trail running is that it forces me to be present and in the moment. This is especially true on more technical trails. If my mind starts to drift, I'll find myself pulled back to the moment by a caught rock, or a low hanging branch. It is easy when I am tired to let my mind wander off thinking about the next CP or then end of the day, but this is when I am mentally switching off from trails and, better athletes than me may get away with it, but not me. Today there were many parts of the run that if I wasn't thinking about the trail it could have ended in tragedy. At times, it seems my mind clears and there is very little thought apart from the trail ahead. This is when the time flies and the miles seems to pass easily. This is when I am in flow. It is often fleeting and I am not sure what I can actively do to get into the flow. It often happens when the trails are easy enough to move through with confidence, but tricky enough I need to focus. Too tricky and I spend my time worrying about hurting myself, too much like tarmac the easier it is for it to feel long and hard.
Think I'm going to do some more research about flow and how to achieve it.
"In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity."
I'll let you know what else I find out, but right now I am going to sleep.