On Saturday I found out that there was a marathon being held at Littledown, Bournemouth. 26 laps of a grassy loop. Grass! Mules love grass. A quick enquiry and entry on the day confirmed.
As this was part of a bigger picture for an upcoming ultra the rules were very simple. Go out steady. Stay steady. Finish steady. Get up the next day and run again steady.
Hot conditions made the 26 lap effort even more challenging, however the Littledown Harriers had buckets of water with sponges. I picked up one of these every lap and kept the body temp regulated. Combined with a steady pace meant a positive split being achieved without labouring for it.
Pain is brought on by decisions. A poor decision is to thrash oneself when little gain can be made. The terms no pain no gain have some merit in life. Unless the pain ends up causing injury or disappointment.
I witnessed many people yesterday in pain. I have dealt myself many a thrashing and felt the same in the past. Each to their own. What I am doing now is knowing the decision and calculating what worth any amount of discomfort has for me and the fallout.
Perhaps the term No pain No gain can be turned around a bit. How about,
No pain, no shame
For if someone thinks they have to relate pain to accomplishment then at what point can enjoyment be experienced in the moment.
So to anyone reading this who thinks they are missing out on a positive experience by NOT experiencing pain.... take a second, sit back and have a go. No pain, no shame. Yet still the finish line comes and pacing a bit longer to cross it will be rewarded.
Happy mules All