Little Bit of Humble Pie

Sunday was the first trail run in the Montrail/Cape Storm series I have been looking forward to and to be absolutely honest, I hated every second of it!

It’s not like I signed up for this series with an attitude, I’m just used to running longish distances without much effort which is why I thought a 12km circuit would be a walk in the park…

I seemed to struggle from my first step not just because the first half of the race was uphill – because I’m quite proud of my uphill stamina – and not because I’m unfit which I proved I wasn’t in my run on Monday.  I racked my brains the whole week for an answer to why I didn’t enjoy it and all I can come up with is because it is different…

Change always takes some adjusting to and since this was my first trail run I guess I have some adjusting to do.  It is a bit disappointing though because I was hoping I’d take to it like peanut butter to jam – I was obviously wrong.

Another little gem I learned about myself was that I can be quite competitive.  While slogging up the hills I had old (and I mean old) ladies passing me – now I’ve spoken at length about the older generation being an inspiration for my running but when I’m struggling like a newby on a 1km and these older folk come bolting past me like mountain goats, it does get my blood pressure up just slightly…

Lets hope the next race which is on Sunday, goes a bit better…

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4 comments

  1. Trish says:

    As one of the ‘older generation’- stick to it. It certainly is different from road running and takes a lot more concentration. From experience I’ve found that very few, if any, trail runs start on a level or downhill – all take off on an uphill! Enjoy – hope this Sunday’s is better than last. 🙂

  2. Candice says:

    You didn’t see me because I was so far behind you 🙂 Will look for you on Sunday.

  3. Andrew says:

    I was also there (didn’t see you though) and it was definitely a tough run. 1km on trail is like 1.5km on the road, but I do believe it’s worth it. Good luck on Sunday, I’ll probably be running as well.

  4. BrianFlash says:

    The few times I’ve run on trails, I have not enjoyed it at all. I much prefer the solid footing a good path provides. I’ll take concrete or asphalt over dirt and rocks any day of the week!

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