The intention was to run my first Marathon at Knysna on the 14th July, however due to calf issues I was not able to train as much, So I opted for a shorter race. Welll, shorter but not easier.
It has been for some while that I have wanted to tackle a more substantial trail run – one that was not 90% jeep track, and boy did I get my wish in the 22km Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run. Rated as Difficult to extreme was as true as you could get, especially in the cold and wet conditions.
Thinking that I should take it easy I started in the middle of the pack. Not going to do that again; while it forces me to conserve my strength as I get waylaid behind slower runners it is still frustrating. I found myself almost colliding into the back of runners as the queue concertina’d on the narrow single tracks.
Wahhhhh, the water was cold!! The river crossing were an experience and a half. Later on in the race it caused me to cramp in places I did not know could cramp.
It was an awesome experience with every kind of trail running challenges that you can find.
The only negative was that I felt lost at the finish line like there was something else that I needed to do but no one was noticing me – guess I need friends and family waiting for me at the end.
Placed 67th out of 198 runners in the 22km
Time: 2 hrs 48 mins (not too bad, but my watch said different: 2hr 32mins)
Run keeper had me at 3824m of altitude gain :O
While Endomondo had me at 2831m gain and 2816m loss
Lets hope that next year I will be able to compete in both the Knysna Marathon and the Bastille Day Trail Run, woot woot.