sevgi ceyda

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro

2014 Phrygian Valley Ultramarathon, Turkey


 “The body achieves what the mind believes”

(You may say: Frig Valley 2015 Ultramarathon just finished. Why is this girl writing about 2014? Be patient. 2015 Ultramarathon post is also on its way!)

The 1st Phrygian (Frig) Valley Ultramarathon took place on 27 September 2014 in Afyon. I was soooo late to write about this unique run. =/ Although late, I still want to have a post about it.

It was the first race I joined together with Armağan, Kosu Kadını 🙂

Moreover, it was my first “trail run” and my “longest run”!

First, brief info about Phrygian Valley:

The area was resided in times of Frigs, Romans an Byzantines.


Phrygia is located in western Anatolia spread out between Eskisehir, Afyon and Kutahya.

The area was the heartland of the Phrygians, an Indo-European people who seem to have moved into Anatolia from Thrace c.1200 BC and who flourished especially in the seventh and sixth centuries BC.

Certain Phrygian Valley ruins are similar to those in Cappadocia, rock-cut caves and fairy chimneys.

The run took part in the  Phrygian site of Afyon, which includes fine carved Phrygian tombs such as the Aslantaş (Lion Stone) and Yılantaş (Snake Stone) and Avdalaz Castle.


Avdalaz Castle, Frig Valley (14K water station located here)

More about Phrygian Valley:

How did I run 29K?

It was not easy… my first ever ultra marathon, 29K Phrygian Valley Marathon.

September 2014 – me and Armağan decided to sign up for 29K Frig Marathon. This was going to be both of our “longest” run and first serious “trail” run. Would I sign up for such a thing if I were alone? NO! Thank you Armağan for all the support!

They say “Long distance running is 90% mental and the rest is physical”. Good training, good company, good mood and atmosphere, beauty of the nature, support from other runners  and friends makes it possible to run 29K! And the best is that; when you finish, you want to do it again! (So thats why I did it again in 2015!)

About the race:

Distance: 29K

Weather: Rainy (my first serious struggle with rain)

Path: Muddy, wet, rocks, sand, some hills

Goal: to finish and to enjoy every moment

What did I learn from this race:

  1. Always carry water with you for long trail runs! (don’t trust the village drinking fountains)
  2. Raincoat – lifesaver! (get a light one)
  3. Look for the trail signs and if possible try not to lose sight of the people in front of you (look where they are going, from which direction they are turning.

Best moment of the race: last 3-4km. The race ended in a small village. During the final km’s, me and Armağan were accompanied by several kids whom cheered and motived us.

Me and Armağan ran all the way together and finished the race hand in hand. Although we weren’t aiming for anything, surprisingly we came the third among the women 🙂 We finished the course in approx. 3 h 30 minutes.


Running together with experienced 42K and 60K runners was great! 

Before joining this race, my longest run was 21K. And to be honest, I was hesitant whether ı would be able to finish it. My legs have experienced 21K beforehand, but above 21K was something completely new for them.

Overall, it all went well… One has to push his/her limits to realise their potential.

And the most important of all, don’t forget: “make your mind run your body”

“…if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired….You’ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going.” – George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian


6 comments on “2014 Phrygian Valley Ultramarathon, Turkey

  1. armagank
    September 24, 2015

    It is a great pleasure for me to meet you. I’d have never be encouraged to join this race without you. You were a good company and a good nurse (remember, my knee was injured at 15th K). Afterall, thank you for this amazing experience!

    • Sevgi Ceyda
      September 26, 2015

      Thank you for the unique experience Armagan 🙂 hope to be together again in 2016!

  2. ezgisairoglu
    September 26, 2015

    Ikinci Frig macerani okumayi sabirsizlikla bekliyoruz 🍷☕️🎶

    • Sevgi Ceyda
      September 26, 2015

      Wait for it sis! Prepare your cappucino, its coming soon 🙂

  3. Fatma Kılıç
    October 9, 2015

    I allways look forward for your writings about your running experiences..Please
    don’t let us wait so much. Greetings and kisses.

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