As you can see from the above picture there was also a few muddy patches - it's winter here and there was quite a lot of rain during the week. My Inov8 Roclite's were brilliant - I could plough straight through the mud and puddles with no fear of slipping. Being a Southland farm girl helps of course!
And you can tell by my dirty knees in this shot that I came a gutser at some stage. You know the scenario - "what's he doing sitting down..." thud. faceplant. All in one nanosecond. I just know TotalSport design their courses to have a hidden-but-exposed tree root somewhere that manages to trip every second runner as they go past!
The course was beautiful in its own way, and the atmosphere inside the forest is like being in another world. We ran on a mix of forestry roads and single track winding around and around, up and down - a course designed to disorientate! Although the elevation profile showed a climb around the 5km mark, it was not steep, and it was over before I knew it. There were lots of ups and downs, and even when it was flat there were ups and downs - like moguls - rather fun to run!
At the 5km drink station I looked down to see a dog on a leash with a race number on his back! Hehe I haven't seen that before! (Couldn't find anything in the results either...!)
A few weeks ago I bought some arm sleeves. They have been a great investment for this time of year when you have that long sleeve/short sleeve dilemma. This morning was ideal - I needed them for a 9:30 start in the shady forest, but took them off about halfway into the race and stuffed them in my front bungee pocket. Perfect. How did I ever survive before arm sleeves?
This photo is toward the end where you wind your way around a creek to the finish. I was walking a bit by this stage, and remember coming around the corner, seeing the photographer and telling myself to keep running for the camera! Vanity running pure and simple. The fact that I managed to keep running under photographic duress means I'm obviously lazy to consider walking in the first place, doesn't it? Must try harder.
Talking of trying harder - if I had finished a mere 3 mins earlier I would have placed in the middle of my age group instead of well down the rankings. Another reason not to walk!
14.4km forestry trail
30/43 in age group
PS - never mind me - my superstar other half was 5th in his age group!