give yourself the time to orienteer properly (you can run fast enough). Do some high speed O-tech sessions to help engrain good technique into your psyche!
Many moons ago Derek Allison did a study tour in Scandinavia learning about the coaching of elite orienteers. One of the approaches that he came back with is that you should never be thinking about the physical side of the race, it should just be happening, whilst your focus remains on the navigation.
I used to find that racing well meant being in a focus of navigational urgency.
" I want to find my way there as quickly as I can"
emphasis on find
It seemed to work - focussing my mind on the navigation, the desire to get there would pull me along into fast running.
NB, don't rush, never rush
You are both right.
I think for me its about trusting my fitness enough to let the nav be in charge in races.
However, for now I was going to do some more training speed stuff again to try to get back some confidence. Then have another go at a race at the Trossachs
As long as at the Trossachs you focus totally on orienteering technique and forget the running side (until the last control!)
Probably best just to walk round at the Trossachs...
Or Coptor Cam with SI-AIR strapped to it ;-)