By Greta Truscott
"Finish line I’m coming for ya! Picking up the “pace" with a few km to go in the Pace UTA22 @ultratrailaustralia recently. Hammies, quads & butt are twice the size - pumping hard (& hurting) to cope with the demand of this relentless Blue Mts course. Trying to balance on the mud and rocks, concentrating on every step & happy to be out there. I’ve had some peeps ask me for a re-cap of the race so here’s a little report, but I’ll add to a blog soon.. I was happy with my race & 4th place female (1st in age group) as I paced pretty well. It was HARD the whole way and everything hurt from my feet to my face - #painface. I had been hydrating on tailwind in the 3 days pre-race, eating plenty of carbs in all my meals & getting to bed earlier. The race was delayed to about 10.30am but I had fuelled well across the morning with a bowl of porridge, banana, honey sandwich, tailwind & coffee. I had 3 endura raspberry gels during the race - 1 every 30mins and sipped on tailwind from my camelbak the whole way. I hadn't been able to do as much mileage as I’d have liked since 6 Foot Track in 2016 with the ankle - about 50-60k a week, but I had still been doing quality runs and on the tail end of a great Swim Run season. So my fitness & strength got me through. I had lost my voice with tonsillitis just days before the race so couldn’t ask questions, but it was brilliant to listen to the @paceathletic UTA Panel at the Nomad Brewary just 5 days earlier & was thrilled to be able to take part in the race. We encourage everyone to join in the lead up activities/panels & event next year. Thanks @aurora_images for the pic. #bluemountains#ultratrailaustralia #trailrunning #runners#community #runhappy #sharethetrails #tailwindnutrition "
It has been yet another huge weekend for Rejoovers across the Ultra Trail Australia events, SMH half marathon, Great ocean road events and the Big Swim from Bondi to Watsons Bay! But let's start with the UTA in the beautiful Blue Mountains.. Tracey Hind, Natalie Ward, Dave Stewart, Chris and Greta all loved the Pace 22k in its 2nd year with double the runners - approx 1200. Although grimacing at the time with the intense down hills and uphills & stairs it was a brilliant event. Congrats Juny Xi Yang on her debut 50k after overcoming sore knees, sickness, family health scare the spirit came out on top. And the same can be said for our Lisa Mintz who also battled her demons and finished the 100k and is now responding to her 100s of Facebook messages. We really hope Lisa & Juny feel lots of love and recover well and soak up all their tenacious achievements.
Happy running everyone!