The trails were very rocky and technical in places.
Rope to help you up the slope.
Trail next to the fence.
The morning went well and I really enjoyed my run. I was certainly getting the workout I wanted. I saw a few people that came for some hiking early on, but after about 24km I realized it’s been a long time since I last saw anyone. I think I was almost alone in the reserve and certainly alone on the tough trail I was on. It was so great being out there in nature with no humans in sight.
My mind dwelled on this and that was my downfall…literally. I was dreaming about being alone out there and lost concentration. Down I went! My foot caught a rock and I knew immediately I was in trouble. I hit the ground real hard, but the worst was my chest that struck a rock full on right on my chest bone. I also felt pain in the little finger of my left hand.
I rolled on my back and just lie there for a while, trying to feel what the damage was. Nothing too serious I thought and got up. At least no one was around to see me take a dive.
It didn’t look to bad although my chest was really stiff and sore.
My little finger was totally numb and started swelling almost immediately.
I was at a point on the trail where the shortest way back to my car was the 9km left of my run. Not much of a choice there so I pushed on. Things weren’t too bad except for my chest that was really sore. My finger stayed numb for a long time.
The last 3km includes a few tough climbs and I must say I battled up these. At some point I stopped to rest for a few minutes. The wind was blowing hard and I noticed I was full of salt as the wind was drying my sweat.
I was tired and sore, look at the salt on my face and cap.
I made it to my car and looking at the picture above I understand why I got some strange looks from other people at the parking area.
I went home and took a long bath. By the time I finished the bath my finger was turning blue.
This morning the finger is purple but not swollen too much. My chest bone is so sore and stiff I can’t raise my arms above my head or lift anything heavy. Other than that I’m fine and have no injuries that should interfere with my running this week.
Have a great week of running everyone and please stay upright!