Day 26 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS': Narrow trails, slippery MUD, hills and sweat

The below is from the original Facebook post from March 26th 2017:

Day 26 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS': Narrow trails, slippery MUD, hills and sweat

Today's event has given me a huge sense of accomplishment and given me more faith in my fitness levels! This morning, Natalie and I ran our first (!) Xterra trail running event out at Makara. Such a beautiful location!! The fact that it had been raining though the night and hearing in the pre-race briefing "this is not Round the Bays" did fill me with a slight sense of dread/nerves. Thankfully, the helpful staff at Bivouac had found me a good pair of grippy trail running shoes a few days back, so I knew that my chances of slipping over were ever-so-slightly decreased. I felt a genuine sense of gratitude for these shoes when I saw numerous people slipping over further down the track in the mud as they were wearing less grippy shoes.

 B.e.a.utiful location out at Makara! Thankfully we managed to sneak in a cheeky trail run in between bouts of run. #Good'olWellington

B.e.a.utiful location out at Makara! Thankfully we managed to sneak in a cheeky trail run in between bouts of run. #Good'olWellington

Not going to lie: this was a HARD challenge for me (and for a lot of other people, judging by the amount of sweat being expelled from their bodies). While I do a lot of walking and have done a decent amount of hiking, actually running a trail run felt MASSIVELY outside of my comfort zone. I'd put off entering the event until Wednesday (5 days before the event) as I wasn't sure if I could do it or not. One training run is enough training for a '7.5 short run', right?

 Pre-race: nervous smiles

Pre-race: nervous smiles

Surprise! The course out at Makara also threw in a solid layer of mud to test everyone's balance and reflexes, a 200 metre hill to climb up (I didn't see anyone running up it after the first 50 or so metres of incline) and... second surprise: the 7.5km was actually 8.3km with a last hill (!) to wind up to get to the finish line. At some point in the run I did mutter out loud "I could be at a yoga class right now".

 Post-race: re-fuelling with much-needed bananas!

Post-race: re-fuelling with much-needed bananas!

Seriously grateful to have had a friend join me in this challenge - thanks Nat!

Next week's challenges:
* Monday: having a 'health and fitness test' done. God help me.
* Tuesday: ? (more blog publishing)
* Wednesday: trying an aerial silk class.
* Thursday: ?
* Friday: ?

Ideas for challenges are always appreciated! <3 xx