Trail Series Race # 1
I lined up at 7.20am, nervously excited, this being my first 'graded' trail run and all. We got a briefing of the race and the maps were posted up on various trees.
The route started with a <2km jeep-track loop, the purpose of which, (as explained in the briefing) was to spread us out before the single track. So far, so good. I was happy as we past the start area shortly before the short run got started.
Moving on to the single track got very rocky and the pace slowed to accommodate careful foot placing. I was still happy with myself as I was keeping in pace with two groups of girls in front and a man slightly behind me. I also knew that I had run past two girls just before I started the single track. (This was important to me as I didn't want to be last).By the time the track levelled, I was having a hard time breathing just from walking. I tried to run but just couldn't breath and my heart rate was frightening. I could see nobody behind me or infront of me and I resigned myself to the fact that today wasn't going to be a good run. I walked, enjoyed the view, looked for snakes, noticed butterflies, giggled whenever I heard a cow moo and watched closely to make sure I followed the orange ties on the trees directing me.
I was very relieved to see a marshal just after 11km - I wasn't completely alone. The next marshal told me to walk over the bridge and that I only had 500m to go.