a good run
Today it felt good to put my adidas adizero xt trail again after two weeks without running. Last time I ran it was raining and I slipped and crashed into a rock, hitting the ribs. Since then I have been waiting for less pain.
This time it was sunshine and much warmer, maybe about 18 degrees. Shorts and a thin long-sleeved shirt. Mostly dry trails but it didn’t take long until I was running off-trail, finding new angles, drawing new lines in nature, spotting two roe deer, running light footed, just enjoying a smooth ride. Felt goood to be back, even though I have lost a lot of power.
Usually I don’t meet other people on the ridges but today I met a walker and somewhat later a big black dog with a muzzle – I have to admit he looked kind of grim when he came running towards me. Fortunately he was just happy. On the last ridge three youngsters were making a bonfire. They looked surprised when I suddenly emerged from nowhere and dissappeared behind the smoke.
And as expected the Ahansal brothers did it again. Mohammed Ahansal won the 25th Marathon des Sables (his 4th victory), after winning all six stages. His total time: 19Hrs45Min. Michael Wardian (US) got 3rd, 3Hrs15Min behind. www.darbaroud.com