Well, with my first 10k trail event planned for next weekend, we decided to head over to the area to check out the course this afternoon. I was prepared for 'undulating' and I was prepared for a couple of 'hills' but not for a course, that to me, seemed to consist of nothing other than hills!!😩😩 With the exception of the first half a km or so, the route is entirely hilly and, hand on heart, far too physically challenging for this 51year old mud loving trail newbie! Even my husband, who is normally very much of the 'you'll be fine' type of support, puffed out his cheeks a lot as we slogged up and down (and that's just walking) before agreeing with me that I might not be ready for such a run!😔 I so wanted to do a trail run folks, but this one is just not to be - not if I want to remain injury free for the Bristol 10k which I am running with my sister two weeks later. So, with heavy heart and reminding myself that 'discretion is the better part of valour', I will not be running next weekend but shall set my sights on finding a trail run more suited to my beginner status! I have included hills in my training - but there's 'hills' and then there's 'LOTS of hills' and I just don't want to die out there yet!😮😉.
On a more positive note, I did have a fab 11k trail run yesterday (threw in a couple of hills too), so maybe next year I will be ready for a bigger challenge!🙂
Happy running this weekend!