Posted: 11/08/2015 at 05:39
Lyrics: Tonight’s the night night
Let’s live it up
Sorry, one last day to report.
Panorama lauf day 3 - Grenze Lauf (border run)
After a very good night's sleep in the sports hall, we woke up to much cooler weather (read 28C). My legs were stiff, bit not too site considering what I had put them through the day before.
We lined up for the start, and we were off. The first 2 km or so we're down hill so I was overtaking loads of people. My legs really loosened up over this section and I felt I could actually run a decent time. I wanted to do it in under 2 hours (I thought it was 16.4 km) so I was asking for an average of 7:30. Every km I was registering how much time I saved, and how much time I could lose on the hills that were to come. The first of 3 water points came at 2.5 km. I decided to take a sip of water, even though I didn't yet need it, just in case I regretted it later.
So at around km 3 we were separated from the 10 km runners and ran an extra 6 km out and back along a beautiful first path. However, I then noticed that the signs along the path were no longer in German, but in Czech (hence border run). We ran back along the first path and rejoined the 10 km running route.
We then started to go up hill, and back into Germany. I pushed on and ran the whole way up. At km 11 came the next water point. By this point, I was glad I'd taken my sip of water at km 2. The route then went round a sharp bend and up a short sharp section of grass/mud. Here my friend overtook me.
We then came to a hill that looked like it would never end. I stuck to my walk 100 run 100 paces, and managed to mostly keep up with people. I looked at my watch at the top, and it had been 1 km long and I'd been going 8:30, was still 17 mins ahead of my 2 hour target. . Then came a short section of downhill, where I gained some ground on my friend. The final water point came at km 13. There was a sign here that said 14 km, and at this point, I realised that something was up with the distance. We later found out that there was a last minute route change, so the route had been shortened to 15 km rather than 16 km. One last uphill, then a 1.5 km long downhill, where I overtook lots more people. With a finish time of 1:28 for 15 km, I was incredibly happy considering the 30km the day before.
Chick, yes in fact the 30 km started from Bad Schandau. It's a nice town, though Königstein is more impressive.
OH I hope your Dad is ok.
Think I may try a short run this evening, but gardening must take preference. I haven't been down for almost 2 weeks. I'm dreading what it's going to look like...
Have a good day all.