When the year 2017 opened, I made some goals for myself to accomplish within the year. In my Fitness goals list is finishing a 21 kilometers run or a half-marathon run. So January I started cross training, from just doing strength/weights training at the gym, I included running at least twice a week. I normally do road runs with friends and late afternoon long runs at the sports complex.
So finally on May 28th, that goal to finish a half marathon is ticked off my goal list for the year! I joined the Mapawa Trail Run along with my fitness buddies Elena and Glen. I was honestly hesitant to join at first because I didn’t think I’ll be able to endure it! My longest run so far was 11km and those were done on flat surfaces. But this one? hey! we are talking about trail run here and it’s a half marathon trail run!
Trail running is a sport which consists of running and hiking over trails. In the United Kingdom and Ireland it is called mountain or fell running. … Runners often cite less impact stress compared to road running, as well as the landscape and non-urban environment, as primary reasons for preferring trail running.
But because my friends were so persistent, we registered anyway — one week before the event! crazy right? Well, we are all constantly working out so I guess the strength is already there. I just had to battle that self-doubt and start believing in myself. It was our first time to join a half marathon trail run and given the short time, we could only do so much to prepare. So one week before the trail run, we did a “test ourselves” run on a route me and Elena didn’t run before (thanks to Glen for leading). We ran a total of 18.75km in 2 hours and 20 minutes on a bit challenging route. So since we actually made it, we were confident we’d be able to conquer the trail run.