Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Greyton Mountain Trail Run - October 2010

Ok, so this is not officially part of the VOB Walk/Run group thingy but it is a great opportunity for bragging rights – I finished my first trail event.

This past weekend Joseph and I set off to Greyton to run our first official trail challenge, we chose the Greyton Mountain Trail run (12km).  I must admit that it was a totally fun experience, I did learn a few things and thought that I would share them with you:

  1. You don’t have to be a size 8 to run trail events.
  2. If your friend happens to be a local and suggests wearing a hat, wear a hat.
  3. If you lie down in the path to take photos, you scare the other runners.
  4. Smiling for no apparent reason is allowed.  So is crying and talking/swearing to yourself (although I expect that this is a back marker thing).
  5. Walking the tough bits is expected not frowned upon.
  6. Antihistamines are a good thing to add to your first aid kit.
  7. Drinking tequila the night before is not a good thing.
  8. You can’t carry too much water.
  9. You only tread carefully through the first river crossing, after that you simply run through the water being thank full for the opportunity to cool off your aching feet. The third crossing is used to wash out all the sand that stuck to your wet socks and gave you blisters after the second crossing.  By the end of the race you have learned to tread carefully through all river crossings.
  10. By the time you have finished you have sworn never to run a road race again.


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