It is time to come clean and say what’s on my mind. Something has been slowly brewing and stewing this year and in the weekend it announced that it was ready.
On January 17 I ran the Hutt River Trail 60km ultramarathon. On March 20 I ran (and walked!!) the Tarawera 80km Ultramarathon. During these first two forays into the world of off road ultras I realised that I loved the whole adventure so much that I wanted to run more of them. Even when I got to the end and felt rather tired I knew I wanted to do it again. The glorious thing about running a long way is that there is no point to any of it. Running is a complete waste of time!
I have recently run two road marathons which were enjoyable and memorable. However I will in future run fewer of them and look instead to the off road world. And it all came to a head last weekend when I spent 4 and a half hours on the Back track then exploring a new trail for me called Burrton’s Track. It was a fantastic run and I loved every step. Trail running is slow, you walk at times and then there is nature and lots of it. There are hills and lots of them and the underfoot surfaces are varied and alternating.
I have already entered next year’s Tarawera and hopefully the Hutt River trail will be held again as well. I have started to prepare for these events and look forward to many hours on the trails.
You can now call me a trail runner – albeit a novice!