Hoka Highland Fling 2017

A couple of weeks ago I entered the Hoka Highland Fling race, a 53 mile (85km) trail run through the Scottish highlands. When I say “entered”, I’m not describing the process fully, so here goes.

I got introduced to this race by a bunch of Scots and Brits during my time in Viscri for the Transylvanian Bear Race. They all raved about the course, the organization, the atmosphere. I looked it up as soon as I got home and added the date when entries opened to my calendar. As that date grew came closer, the race directors announced that instead of an open entry, the entries would be decided by a ballot draw. We had a week to register and then we’d be notified within 2 weeks with the confirmation. With 1000 places on the entry list and about 1300 people entering the ballot, I knew I had a decent chance of getting it. Didn’t make me less excited when I actually got the e-mail, though 🙂

Photo by Kristóf Vizy

So now I start training. And since “just” running a couple of times a week isn’t going to get me through 53 miles, I’m trying to get some sense of structure into my running. I’m starting with 35 to 40 km per week for the rest of the year. Keeping that up will be hard enough, with work being massively busy and the weather being wet and cold.

As I said at the start of my previous big race, I’m going to try and blog about it more regularly. To keep me accountable and to keep you all up to date on how things are going.

(I may have a new running/blog related project in the works, if all goes well you’ll read about that pretty soon too :))

 

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