I’ve been attracted to running long distances since I heard that it’s possible. Last year I felt I wanted to start increasing my mileage, so I did, little by little, till I met a group of guys in Malta who loved running and loved nature and organized a couple of trail runs a week. In short this is what led me to Romania this September to try and run my first Ultra marathon.
The race was set in the Transylvanian mountains, the distance 52km and the elevation gain 4300m. Wow! Never dreamt I’d sign up for such a thing. When I signed up for it I thought it will be around 8 hours of running and walking, and then I found out I was just a little off the mark!
Here we were, 5 guys from Malta, all with a passion for running and nature, two of us with previous ultra experience and 3 newbies. I had never even run an official marathon, never really felt attracted to it. But this, this looked awesome! My only fear was that I would not be able to do it because in training for it I overdid it a little and over trained and now I had a small repetitive strain injury near my knee. This was making it painful to run, and even just walk down stairs at times. But since I had already booked my flight and ticket I thought I’ll give it a try and if it gets too painful I’ll just stop.