Yesterday my husband and I ran Ecotrail Oslo. This is a combined forest/road race, with distances ranging from 10K to 80K - the longest distance runs all through the northern forests of Oslo. We ran it for the first time last year - running the 18K distance, which clearly had been marked wrong - it was actually 20K. This year we chose the 20K distance, pleased that they had unofficially admitted the mistake.
The first half of the race was a descent from 266 meters above sea level along a river down to the fjord. After two weeks of rain and sleet, conditions were pretty slippery, occasionally treacherous. So by the time we left the forest, I was pretty spent.
Now we were onto pretty familiar terrain for me - the harbour promenade in Oslo. My left leg was starting to act up - something I suspect is related to my hamstrings, which have been bothering me a bit lately. We got sent along a fairly long detour around the Bygdøy peninsula. By the time we got out of there, I realized that the distance calculation was seriously off, as I knew that we were 4K from the finish line, and we had just run close to 18K. I had to walk more and more, as my leg kept short circuiting on me for a second or so, but suddenly I came upon a man I had identified as a "competitor" early on in the race. Having a chance to beat him gave me the incentive to run a bit more, and I beat him to the finish line.
The race distance turned out to be 21.4K. So even though it was really difficult, and my longest run was 14K about 6 weeks ago, I guess I should be happy that I managed a half-marathon this early on in the season. And my time? 2:55. Luckily, the tricky terrain means that I'm not to upset about my slow time, and am just happy to have survived!