Dos Trilhos do Almourol trouxe vontade de lá voltar para o ano e fazer a prova grande (35 Km) e estas palavras que transcrevo na íntegra:
"Mini-Trilhos do Almourol 2011
Saturday afternoon António Pereira gave me a ride to Entroncamento. Ana Paula Pinto warmly welcomed us at her home, and prepared a huge and delicious dinner. Because it was so good I was definitively eating way too much, starting from appetizers on, and could not help myself but finished with second servings of multiple deserts. There were also four different excellent wines to be tested, and it was good we went for a short walk before going to bed.
Start for Mini-trilhos was in the picturesque Constância. It was quite cold and I was skeptically questioning myself if I can really do 21km of trail... That is much longer than I've ever ran before, trail or no trail. The first 3km were the hardest for me, after that I warmed up, caught a nice rhythm and just enjoyed the environment. It was so much fun, starting from a steep jump with a help of a rope, climbing rocs, crossing some waters and mud puddles, but mainly taking in all the scenery from the scenic Almourol to the spring blossom everywhere... breathing deeply in the fragrance of orange trees flowers and jumping over purple lavenders, meandering between low bushes, and just following up and down the rolling hills. Heaven!
I had enough energy the whole time, probably from all the oranges I've eaten at two fuel stations. Incredible what everything was offered by organizers to feed us runners! I was just mentioning I was craving some chocolate - and they immediately brought very delicious dark chocolate from somewhere. It seems there was so much variety of food available that it simply did not fit the tables. The fuel stations could not have been located at better locations: there were exactly where I needed them. Luckily the temperature was low , but otherwise caring some drinks would be probably really necessary. I was quite tired at the finish, not much of any reserve left (except a couple of minutes when I got lost by blindly following some guys into a wrong hill, and we all did an extra small loop - but even this was a fun experience and made me more conscientious of the trail indications from that point on). I am more than happy with my run which took me 2h 15 min. I was dirty and with scratched legs, but very very happy.
The day was just absolutely perfect! Lovely green environment, full support before and during and after the run by amazing and nice organizing stuff, clean bathrooms, good food, small race with pleasant people... I think I need a second pair of running shoes, because it will take a few days before I will be able to use mine again. And I think I also need to get myself some water backpack, just in case next year the weather is warmer and sunnier - because next year I would love to do this again, hopefully also with my friend "Sem Frio Nem Casa" - I actually learned of the Almourol trail race from this blog site - and I know she would enjoy it. Who would not! The event is just wonderful, and it is very selfish of me to secretly wish the number of participants would not increase too much in the next years - but there is a real tangible danger this would become an extremely popular trail race... Congratulation and appreciation to the organizers! And thanks to António and Paula - without them I would not be able to participate, and I am so glad I did. And next year I will do it again, and I will do the 39 km distance (oops, did I really write this :-))"
. Ana Groznik .
Muito obrigada Ana por partilhares aqui a tua vivência e me dares mais vontade de lá estar para o ano também
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