Race #19 2013 - 24km - 2:50:44 - Saturday 29th of June
|Picture borrowed from the organiser's website.|
Karma gaining in the French Alps
Mont-Blanc Cross is the most spectacular race I've ever done. Earlier I've stated that I would never run further than a half marathon. In terms of distance this race wasn't that much further, but in terms of running time it was almost double as long. However, running for almost three hours in the French alps was a joy. Even despite of rain and cold weather.
I have to admit that I was slightly nervous before this race, something I seldom am. Reason being that 24 km and 1500 vertical meters scared me. Due to the respect for the distance (and having positioned myself too far behind in the start area) I began in a very slow pace. This was a smart move for such a long race, as I ended up far back and then for the rest of the race was overtaking other runners. Running past people gives energy.
The French also boosted my energy. The spectators for this race created a magical atmosphere. For each high-five I gave to the local kids I also gained one karma point. The same was the case when I waved back at those yelling "ALLEZ, COURAGE, BRAVO, TRÈS BIEN" to me, and the other runners. So throughout the race I gained and used karma points at a high rate, and managed to finish in less than three hours, which to me first was a dream.
All in all was a good day for running. I didn't get tired before after 18 km, and the race was heaps less painful than a fast 400m. There was some action along the way as well. After 6 km a girl did trip over as she was overtaking the guy in front of me. She dived with her head first and rolled off the narrow path that ran along the hillside. While she fell she screamed "Aidez-Moi!". Luckily there was mainly green soft vegetation where her beautiful and soft body did hit the ground. And luckily I was close by and ready for gaining more karma points. As everyone knows, and as stated in the Great Book of Karma, saving a virgin from falling off a cliff gives the total of three karma points. So I stopped, and forced everyone behind me to stop at as well, as I sat down on my knees, leaned outside the track and reached out my tanned and muscular helping hand. The beautiful girl was desperately clinging to a few fragile plants, that was only seconds away of losing their grip of the hillside. I looked into her frightened deep blue eyes, partly covered by her blond hair, and told her with a soft, but at the same time trustworthy and self-confident voice "Croyez-moi, mon amour". She released her grip and I quickly grabbed her hand, tightened my muscles and easily pulled her gently back onto safe ground. The wind swept her hair away and left her stunning face for me to view. I pulled my breath, opened my mouth, and prepared for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But then, faster than I could say "je t'aime", the woman jumped back onto her feet and disappeared like a frightened deer. I was left by myself, but at least I had my three karma points...
|A 24 km hill race.|
|Click here to view the track on Google Maps.|
Atmosphere : 5/5
Toilets : 1/5
- Uups, the French doesn't know capacity planning either.
Value for money : 5/5
+ € 33.99 entry fee.
+ Race tees.
+ Plenty to eat and drink under and after the race.
+ Nice medal.
Organising : 5/5
+ Brilliantly done.
Race Timing : 3/5
- Brutto time, instead of netto time.
- All times were slightly off, showing about half a minute extra.
+ Nice live view.
+ Online as soon as you finished.
Track : 5/5
+ Magical, stunning, wonderful, amazing and so on.
OVERALL : 4.0 / 5
Due to rain I didn't bring my camera. However I did take some shots from the track during a training trip. A couple of of them you can view below.
|At the top of these stairs you better not trip over. It's a long way down.|
|Seeing this you've got less than 5 km to go out of the 24 km race.|
Below are a some of Maindru Photos' photos, of Mr Me:
Yes, I am planning to run next year as well. I might even do the full marathon distance. At least I've started playing with the thought of running for 6-7 hours.
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