Trail training… over-training!

Nowhere near acclimated and struggling uphill.

Nowhere near acclimated and struggling uphill.

Spain is well Spain and a trail runner’s dream. We enjoyed two glorious weeks in the mountains, finding new trails at a slow pace and not impressing the locals with the distances we covered at all!

In most countries, when you say: “Oh I ran 30km yesterday and another 20km today,” you get a nod and a few exclamations (expletives sometimes) and you feel good. Not in Spain, 30km is just 30km and even if the terrain meant it took you over five hours, well that’s nothing and you should try harder 🙂 The local hard core runners would have done 60km.

I was a bit naughty and just went running pretty much every day – neglecting my core and strength work from which I’m now paying the price.

So here are just a few photos from many taken while trekking around our part of this glorious country:

Well camouflaged ibex monitor our progress.

Well camouflaged ibex monitor our progress.

A steep but thankfully short climb.

A steep but thankfully short climb.

Unexpected stream crossing.

Unexpected stream crossing.

Our local lake - it's all uphill from here.

Our local lake – it’s all uphill from here.

Discovering the path of an ancient olive grove trail.

Discovering the path of an ancient olive grove trail.

A morning run with the mist hanging over the waterways in the valley.

A morning run with the mist hanging over the waterways in the valley.

Enjoying the views after the climb from that white speck of a village.

Enjoying the views after the climb from that white speck of a village.

We came down there. I really struggle to find my descending legs.

We came down there. I really struggle to find my descending legs.

A trail which seemed like a good idea at the time...but then you realise you're in road shoes and have no poles to help going downhill.

A trail which seemed like a good idea at the time…but then you realise you’re in road shoes and have no poles to help going downhill.

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One Response to Trail training… over-training!

  1. FABULOUS little article, Sarah, & wonderful photos. Thanks so much for sharing!

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