I was mostly blind to the terrain at the start of the race. I prefer to stay in the dark, that way I can’t psych myself out too much.
I had been told, however, that it wsa a good mix of technical and runnable trail, with a bit of marshy mud thrown into the mix.
So obviously my shoe of choice would be the King MT 1.5. They keep me confident on technical terrain with the Vibram outsole, offer enough cushioning over a longer distance and they certainly kept me upright for the most part.
I did fall, however, that was due to clumsy footwork in the last 5km, and me realizing it wasn’t a true Zegama experience if I didn’t finish covered in mud, so… cue face-plant in the mud and a subsequent wrist strain. Classic.
Going into the race my goal was to finish top 10. I finished 16th, and while I didn’t attain my goal, I am still proud of what I achieved. So proud of finishing and proving to myself that I am capable of doing hard things.
It was my first full 42km marathon, my first race on the international European circuit and it was one heck of an experience.
I am completely grateful to those strangers who cheered me on, and the girl who paced me to the finish, without whom this could have been written from a completely different perspective.
Ask me in a few days if I’d do it again next year (definitely), right now… well.
You can follow the GTWS on Facebook for more updates and information. Next up – Marathon du Mont Blanc, 30 June 2019, where I will hopefully be more prepared and less inclined to face plant in the mud.