Distance: 26km Vertical Ascent: 1,900m
The race course goes through a beautiful alpine landscape offering both runners and spectators many spectacular views. Between the starting point on the Gstaad Promenade at 1’050 meters and the finish line at Glacier 3000 (2’950 meters) lie 26 kilometres. The varying terrain and altitude gain of 1’900 meters is a challenge, even for experienced runners. Hence, the big joy and relief when crossing the finish line at the mountain top station Scex Rouge, after the last steep climb.
I decided that I would use this race as a training run as my legs were still tired from last week’s race in Davos. This was a good run to do as a training run as it was a fairly easy 15km until you start going uphill. I had decided that I would not push too hard so would only hike and not run any of the uphill. I wanted the uphill and altitude practice, plus the views during the run are amazing!
Sometimes it was hard not to get sucked into the run and try and overtake people, but did my best to take it easy. Overall it was a great race; I felt good and had loads of energy at the end, which was a good sign that I did take it easy.
My calves were sore on both the run and the uphill so I will have to work on stretching them over the next few days. But I as I sit and watch the Olympics my legs are feeling fairly recovered with no soreness. I am hoping that my change in diet is helping a quicker recovery.
Time: 4hrs 16 mins
|The finish is the mountains in the distance!|
|The end can just be seen behind the chairlift|
|Looking back down the valley to the start|
|The path up towards the finish|
|The hard part has still to come, on the left is the hard slog up|
|The finish is getting nearer but like all races, takes some time to come!|
|Running on the glacier|
|The view from the end|
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