Below is a beautifully written “Robin Hood 100 mile” race report kindly shared by Kelsey . This is a fantastic resource for anyone who is considering running a big ultramarathon/ their first 100 or even an experienced ultrarunner who is looking to get some fresh ideas on how to be successful. Kelsey’s approach is sensational. She is basically enjoying every second of it and that part is effortlessly natural. The more comfortable you are in long races the better you will keep your running form and your mojo. This doesn’t come by accident. Kelsey’s relationships with her crew are a huge part of the success of her race. She wants them to be enjoying the experience (you don’t always see that from runners). Kelsey is clearly a naturally talented runner but she also learns things about herself during the race and she is not afraid to adjust them (her gel vs food strategy is one of these). We are certain that you are going to love this race report. We are incredibly proud coaches and we are doubly inspired by Kelsey in terms of how she influences us and our running. The future is bright x
KELSEY PRICE _ ROBIN HOOD 100 MILE - RACE REPORT - SEPTEMBER 2020 “Reaching that Magical Equilibrium” Robin Hood 100, where to start! A very special day full of wonderful people, positive vibes and true surprises. My Dad and friend Kane took me to the start, we were intrigued about how it would all work given social distancing operations – particularly the staggered start. I set off at 7.16, with a guy called Ash who I shared the first few miles with. He was familiar with the course having ran it a few years ago and we chatted away, making the miles fly by. I had it my head that I wanted to run the first half without any walking and then just see what happens after that. This meant that I was running the slight up-hills which everybody around me seemed to be walking up (it was also rather rutty) – I really did question myself around whether this was the right or wrong thing to do, nobody wants to be seen as setting off too fast in a 100 miler! But if I am honest, I slightly feared that once I started walking I would divert back to it when approaching any slight incline. I had actually switched my watch off from any sort of pace updates, I planned to run completely on “what felt good” and for now, the running the felt good.
I must admit though, it took me a good 20 miles to mentally relax into the race. I remember thinking the canal path was fairly grassy and I was in that “ahh there is so much further to go” mind frame. Also, I generally don’t find early morning running easy, with most of my training runs being at least past 9am once my legs have woken up. It wasn’t until I reached the first of the double forest loop (a 30 mile loop) that I fully tuned into the race. I had recce’d this section and it really was a beautiful loop, exactly the terrain I had been training on and thank goodness my legs had kicked in! As I wanted to run until mile 50, this meant that I had to run the first 30 mile loop (miles 20-50). It was in this section that there were lots of runners around and was where I gained a lot of places. I also got the joy of around 10k or so running with my friend Anna (who by the way had an amazing run with second Lady!). I stuck my earphones in for the sections where I was running on my own – first time ever doing that in a race and definitely won’t be the last! My Dad and Kane were there