So today I spectated a race for the first time! I’ve been excited all week to see racing from the other point of view and MacTuff didn’t disappoint. I had my cheering voice at the ready as the field was peppered with a selection of the Warrior Fit team and a few friendly faces from the Race Fitness crew.
I’d heard a lot of hype about MacTuff and will be completely honest in saying I didn’t believe any of it. Looking at the course map it seemed like a standard OCR. Mud, water, climbs and obstacles, fair enough in January, but still. It was a just an OCR.
I’m not sure if it was just the fact I was watching it and not running it, but in reality it looked brutal. This was a race to be taken seriously, especially as they did not fuck about with giving time penalties. The obstacles were BIG, the water and mud was deep and that special Knockhill climate made for what looked like a battle from start to finish. This was certainly not a standard OCR.
So why do we do it? Why do we care so much? Surely, it’s only a race. But it isn’t. For people who take this sport seriously it becomes your life. You fit everything around it; your work, social-life, eating habits, and make a hell of a lot of sacrifices along the way.
Running races like this is a test of personality. It pushes you to your limit and who you truly are shines through. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or running your first race you need to step up to the plate and give it everything you’ve got.
Maybe that’s why I love running so much? Because no matter what position you come in, for me, it’s about showing up on the day and giving it everything you’ve got. That’s a true test of character.
So, to all the MacTuff runners today, I tip my hat to you! You’ve certainly earnt a post-race cake (or five). Will I run MacTuff next year? Only the calf injury gods know!
Currently: Worshiping my slow cooker for cooking my chilli
Training today: Race spectating is a sport, right?
Adventure so far this week: Cheering on the crazies at MacTuff