This is the 100th post that I’m writing for my website, so it better be a positive one! One of the things I noticed on my Arctic circle hike was my legs, the muscles were really hurting after three weeks. That was a learning moment for me.
The last couple of months I’ve been training more, running in fact. Mostly on the road until last week when I ran a 10 KM trail run with my brother in law! And I must say, it was a hard one. There was still snow in the woods and therefore very muddy tracks and fallen trees. The views in the forrest were stunning with the snow so that made up a lot!
About the last 2 KM of the run was only going up that I started to wonder, when will the “down” begin? When I almost reached the finish I got an “O Fuck” moment. The last “up” part was a stair in an outdoor theatre with about 40 to 50 steps. That really felt like a kick in the stomach. After the stairs there was another 500 metres downhil and with a high-five I went over the finish.
The time wasn’t very good but in the end, but it was fun to do and in the future I think I will run some more trail runs. I prefer the longer runs but the muscles in my legs, especially the calf are hurting sometimes. I’m training to get my calfs stronger so I can run better.
My first goal for the next month or so is to run the 10 KM on the road in less then an hour. The thing I have noticed is that the warm-up and the cooling down is very important for a quicker recovery.
I think trail running is a good preparation for a multiday hike for a long distance. If you have any tips please let me know!