Mixed trail road running race 4:52:27  42.63 km (6:52 / km) +2100m 5:30 / km
Not regretting for a second this last minute decision! What an amazing race to be part of! A lot of people cheering on, playing music on the side of the road... Unfortunately the weather didn't allow to enjoy the views as much as I would have liked, but at least it meant the conditions for running were good and it was the Scottish weather I'm used to!
Getting the last minute entry meant I was starting in the last wave, 25min after the first runners went off. So I took it easy on the road but still trying to overtake a few people, I didn't want to get stuck behind once we'd start to hit the trails. I was carrying water mixed with fruit syrup and I sipped on that until 20k. I was feeling good and progress was easy. I had a bit of banana and took a couple of energy bar pieces to eat on the climb after 25k. When we started climbing, the trail was so steep over maybe 1.5k and we were all walking, which was handy to recover slightly and eat the bits of energy bars. Then it flattened out to get through the city of Wengen and I was running again, I took water at each stations from then, and one more piece of banana. After 32/33k my left knee started to hurt but it was still ok to run uphill or on the flat - just not downhill (luckily there is not that much downhill in the jungfrau marathon haha!). Legs were a bit achy but I generally felt ok, achy but not tired. I was walking the steepest part and running when it was a bit easier. The last steep single trail after 38k was slow progress because it was narrow so we were just all walking in a line. I stopped a couple of minutes at 40k to text Robbie saying I wasn't far (and also to read his text saying he had finished 2nd in that crazy super fast field!). Once we turned to the last kilometer, I struggled a bit as it was downhill and hurting my knee but I still managed to run through the finish, all in one piece!
Finishing in under 5 hours was the target I had in mind so I was delighted to get there with a few minutes to spare! I came 55th in my category (20 to 35 yo women) and something like 168th woman overall, nothing mind blowing but not bad either. The funny thing in all that is that I didn't feel my lower leg at all!! I guess it's fair enough to conclude whatever it is, it isn't a stress fracture or it would have snapped then. Still tender to touch though.
Still buzzing from the race!