I chose one of the coldest mornings of the year for my return to the trails after all the months on the road before Comrades. Frost covered the grass at the entrance to the reserve where I parked my car.
Frost covering the grass at the entrance to the reserve.
It was 2°C (35F) when I started my run. Frost covered the edges of the trails that were in the shade. It almost looked like snow in some places and was really beautiful.
Frost on the edges of the trail.
The first 3km was really cold and my toes and fingers were numb, even though I wore gloves. Once I reached the areas where the sun was shining it was really pleasant. I was in my element and a very happy trail runner. I knew this is where I belong.
Nice to be back on the trails.
I chose an easy route as this was my first trail run in a long time. I ran only one technical stretch but was happy to feel the good fitness base I have after all the road running.
Fitness makes a huge difference when running trail like this.
I had a great run! During the last part I ran through some very tall grass. It was two feet and more above my head in some places.
Running through very tall grass.
All of this made me very excited about the great trail season I have ahead of me in the next few months. I’ve entered some fantastic races and will post about that soon.
Happy running everyone, I know I will be!