“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
“Don’t fight the trail, take what it gives you”
6 hours; no music, no TV, no phone, no mails, no fbook/ig/twitter, no phone calls…
6 hours; first 1.5 hours full of rain, muddy trails, rocks, hills, valleys, bridges, wooden ladder, battered tree…
6 hours; 12 people, having long conversations, taking several photos, sharing memories, laughing together, feeling hungry&thirsty, getting tired, soaking and feeling cold, getting lost, motivating each other, healing one another…
Counting and collecting memories rather than looking at the time… (despite trying to catch the cutoff limits for the food/water stations)
Rather than competing, supporting each other…
Following others, counting the “heads”, trying not to leave one behind…
Reminding each other to drink water and sharing their own snacks…
Patiently waiting for the girls to finish their “photo session”… 🙂
Crossing the finish line hand-in-hand….
What did I learn from this race:
Most importantly; believe in yourself! and cherish every km…
Distance: 36.7K (says Garmin)
Time: 6:01:10 (says Garmin)
Elevation gain: 897
Max elevation: 1.475
We were more than 15 people who started the run together with the goal of “enjoying the path and completing it in a healthy state”, regardless of the time.
10 of us had a similar pace, therefore we tried to stick to each other. This is a summary of what was going in my mind during the course:
Start: Oh! I am cold! Its raining so bad! We haven’t started yet but I am already soaked! 36K to go in this mood?!?!?
2K: We are all insane! What is wrong with me and all this ppl around! What are we all doing in this rainy&cold Saturday morning!
5K: Wow look at those “fairy chimneys” and beautiful valleys! Lets take a photo!
10.5K: Oh! The first check-point! I need to use the bathroom! Hmm these cakes are yummy! Oh salty crackers! Just what I need! The rain is over, so I can take off my raincoat.
12K: I see a hill, lets walk people!
16K: Yeeyy! Some down hill!
19K: Whats that group of ppl standing there? Hmmm is sby injured?
Oh no, thats the line for using the “rope” in order to descent the slippery uphill. (It took us 22 min to descent!)
21K: Will we reach the next station within the cutoff time limit? We lost so much time, lets do some tempo 🙂
24K: Next check-point! Change of t-shirt! More cake & crackers & protein shot & water!
26K: Upps, whats wrong with my knee, hmmm this pain doesn’t feel right.. maybe need to slow down. Lets take the downhills carefully. (similar problem happening to Gökhan – so we slow down and leave the group)
30K: Walk – run – walk – walk – run …. Less than 1 hour left for the 6h cutoff limit. Can we make it? Yes, if we stick with this pace my calculation says “we can!”.
36K: My Garmin beeps. Yeyy 36K finished! But I still don’t see the finish line! =)
36.7K: FINISH! Where is my medal? 🙂
What do I do now? Stretch, eat, shower, look at my phone, take photos, post photos to social media, call my parents,
I would like to thank all members of AnkaraKosuyor and KosuKadini for sharing this sweet Cappadocia memory with me; Anıl, Armağan, Gül, Ayla, Betül, Tolga (and his wife and children), Kubilay, Mete, İlyas, Sercan, Cantekin, Çağlar…
Cappadocia; see you next year!