Innsbruck Alpine Trail Festival

Leonie and I camped Friday night near Innsbruck. The plan was to run a mountain marathon in the “Innsbruck Alpine Trail Festival” the next day.

On Saturday morning we walked up to the Natterer See where the “K42” race started. The other distances on offer were 15 km, 25km, 65km, and 85 km so it was possible to optimize perfectly the amount of suffering you wanted. The 42 km race officially had 1300 m of climbing.

I started at the very back in the “Genuss” category, i.e. the slow pokes. Leonie started up the front in the ambitious section. The first section was downhill and I overtook a heap of people and then nudged past more on the narrow trails later on. The course was very scenic with sections beside a nice river.

Cris and Leonie running together (IATF2018)

Above: Running with Leonie early in the race.

Cris still looking fresh (IATF2018)

Above: Still looking kind of fresh.

At around 16 km I was surprised to see Leonie some distance in front of me. I caught her up and asked if she was ok. She had stomach problems and wasn’t feeling so speedy. I continued and she caught me up at the next drinks station. We ran together again for a bit before I edged away. On the next downhill I started to get little cramping twinges in my calf muscles and at the next drink station Leonie caught up again and then left earlier. I cooled my legs down with a hose and then started the next section through part of Innsbruck. It was again really nice.

We left Innsbruck and headed up towards the hills. It was very warm by this stage as we slowly walked up a hot section on tar seal. I caught up with Leonie again on the next flat and we ran together for a while stopping at the next drinks station and then continuing together. I began to suffer a lot in the last 10 km and the last descent was punishing. In the last 2 km my legs began to cramp up and Leonie ran off in front. I walked a section before hobbling along the flat by the river towards the finish. I spied a mountain biker washing down his bike with a high powered hose and got him to spray my legs in nice cold anti-cramping water. I hobbled across the finish line and found Leonie waiting there.

The finish line (IATF2018)

Above: A hobble to the finish line.

Innsbruck Alpine Trail Festival 2018 Time:  04:58:33,9 Dst: 42 km 44 / 154 (Category), 63/267 Men/Women overall

Trail Monte Casto 2017

Leonie and I ran the Trail Monte Casto in Italy today. It was a short ultra-marathon at 46 km / 2200 m. It was pretty tough. For a change we ran together for the entire race. Probably because Leonie wasn’t feeling so good and couldn’t leave me. Muhahaha. My ITB on my left leg gave me problems after 20 km but by the end it was my knees that were pretty sore.

The race was ok but the scenery wasn’t as spectacular as the Transruinaulta marathon in Switzerland last weekend. Still most of it was offroad which was nice.

We both finished in 6 hours 23 minutes and 36 seconds. Not really a blistering pace but I was happy to complete it.

Strava had something to say about all this. Strangely my watch seems to have died at some point and created a long straight line in the course. This certainly wasn’t the case. It was much squigglier than that.



Above: At the start line.

Above: At the start line.

Above: Feeling a bit tired.

Above: A bit tired.

Above: Posing at the finish after the race.


Above: Posing at the finish after the race.

Trail Monte Casto – 6:23:36, 46 km / 2200m Place 155/299 overall, 136/247 category

Leonie placed 19/52 in her category

Transruinaulta Marathon 2017

Leonie and I ran the Transruinaulta Marathon in Switzerland in the weekend. It’s a trail run near-ish Chur. The course runs through a interesting ravine and then up into the hills. Oh yes, lots of hills. 1800 m of climbing in fact.

Instead of a mass start we started by number every 5 seconds which was quite good for not causing a traffic jam on the small trails. Leonie started 10 seconds in front of me and was gone. I didn’t try and keep up with her as I wasn’t sure that my legs would survive a marathon having not run one since the Jungfrau Marathon in 2014. Instead I trotted along at my own pace taking photos and generally not pushing too hard. It all went ok until about the 23 km mark. My legs started to feel pretty sore by that point.

Still I continued hobbling along and only really started suffering horribly around 36 km. Or maybe a bit before.

Leonie finished in just under 5 hours and I finished around 5 hours 18 minutes. I’ll find the exact time when I’m not so lazy. Which isn’t now. I was generally happy that I finished despite the slow time as I haven’t done much in the way of running this year.

Ok, now I’ve found it.

Transruinaulta Marathon 2017 Time: 5:19.45,5 Dst: 42.2 km Height gain: 1800 m Place 202/320 Men overall, 72/95 Men category.


If you don’t believe me ask Strava.