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Trail Discovery! My Journey :)

Trail Discovery! My Journey :)

Not only is it a way for me to reminisce about life and get rid of all my worries, it is also a way for me to challenge myself in every way possible. Trail running is an incredible sport or those who like to be one with nature and all it has to offer. My journey with trail running started about 6 months ago.

If someone asked me a year ago if I could see myself doing ultra- races, marathons or even a 21km road run, I would say ”Never in a million years’’. Not because I didn’t like running that time, but because I never believed I was capable of doing something that extreme (at that time 10km sounded pretty extreme to me  )

About 6 months ago I decided to take my running seriously, because I was starting to get tired of running short distances. I wanted to start challenging myself. I started my training with at least three 5k’s a week. I wanted to run a 10k, but I was afraid of failing. Finally, I convinced myself to just do it. Eventually I completed a 10k and it was a major accomplishment for me.

After completing a 10k, I aimed to do my first 21k. I waited for a fun run to pop up and signed up for my first half marathon. I was pretty excited to run it but again, I was unbelievably afraid of failing. Finally the time came to run the ‘big twenty-one’. As I crossed the finish line, I finally knew why people can get addicted to running. I had a mild case of road-running addiction. Or so I thought…
Not long after I had confessed to my running addiction, my beloved brother came along and introduced me to trail running. He signed me up for the Summer Challenge series 12k trail race. I really didn’t have a clue what trail running was about but after completing that race, I was totally hooked.

Now that I was hooked to trail running, we both decided that we wanted to do a stage race. So he signed us up for the Cradle Mayhem 3-day stage race (65km in total). I was excited, yet scared at the same time. I thought that if I could complete that race, I would show myself that anything is truly possible if you just believe and persevere.

BAM!! We completed the Cradle Mayhem 3 day stage race with much effort and of course a lot of perseverance. As we were running across the finish-line, we were overwhelmed with emotions. I couldn’t believe that I actually did something I thought was impossible for me to do.
My brother told me a long time ago that running is like “life”. It has its ups and downs. I could never fully understand it at that time, but after completing the stage race, it all made sense to me and I could relate to it.
People always ask me, “Why do you want to run ultra-marathons?” It is quite simple, “why not?”. I like to challenge myself and I found a way of doing exactly just that. Trail running is completely different from road running. It’s obviously more fun. Just the fact that you are running on what Mother Nature offers you, is fantastic.

Why did I choose trail running? Because there are no limits to what you can do or where you can run. You get to make friends with the craziest people. You gain a lot of experience. Not only running-experience, but life-experience as well, which is a big plus for me as I am only 19 years of age. I have so much more to learn from life. Trail running taught me many things. One of them is that I should never have any doubt in myself.
I wish more people could realise that they are capable of doing so much more than what they think they can do. I always say that you should challenge yourself by taking that step and just believe you can do something greater than the normal.
So for all of those people, who are too scared of jumping onto the ultra-running train, don’t be. I don’t have much experience but I can say that you’ll most definitely have the ride of your life. For those who are already on this crazy train, I can’t wait to run alongside with you all and learn as much as I possibly can.

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