Climbing Tour

This weekend I ran my first trail run in Chile. It was another brilliantly organised race: the trails were well marked and water points were frequent. It was such a contrast to go from the cold, wet and snowy Alaskan trails I love to the completely dry and dusty Chilean ones.

The race was a 7km uphill run in the hills outside of Santiago and proved to be a fantastic challenge. I loved climbing again after a while running in town and on flat smooth roads. The uphill proved tough and was a welcome respite to my normal training routine.

Loving the trails on the way up.

Walking like most of the field at this point in the climb.

Brad and I working from the 5km checkpoint to the top.

The view from the top of the hill. There's a ski resort in the background!

This was another race with Brad and I really enjoyed having his company and getting out on the trails with a friend. We ran well on the initial flat section and worked well together to stay a constant position through the steeper parts of the race. We finished in 01:24:00 and then relished the much faster decent.

10km in Vitacura

This weekend I ran my first race in Chile. A well organised 10km run in Vitacura. It was a great route, 5km out on a slight uphill gradient in the sun followed by 5km home on a shady tree lined road. There was a great turnout and excellent spirit amongst the runners.

Before the start.

O the way out.

On the way home.

I ran with my friend Brad and we had a great time and ran an easy 50 minutes. I'm so pleased to find such an awesome race in the first week of arriving here. Go Chile!