Running

Race #3: The Night Trail La Feminine 2014

This shall be a predominantly photo update, as the Ninja Turtle is too exhausted to write coherently. She’s just completed La Feminine for The Night Trail in Amnéville, Lorraine (north-east of France).

When she first enrolled for this race, she was going to do it with two neighbours as a team of three runners, each doing one lap of 5km. Due to unforeseen circumstances however, her two teammates could not participate and therefore the Ninja Turtle switched her enrollment to the solo run (3 laps of the trail circuit).

The organisers stated that the distance was to be 3x5km for teams, or 15km in solo, but it turned out to be shorter – 3x4km for teams, or 12km in solo. The Ninja Turtle does not care, as she crawled through the finish line, her only thought was how unprepared she was for a trail race. Roots and rocks, uphills and downhills, patches of slippery mud, logs to leap over and the eyestrain from intermittent sunlight poking through the foliage made it less fun and more run for poor Turtle.

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Each time the Ninja Turtle races, GodzillaPin works harder than she does.

Each time the Ninja Turtle runs a race, GodzillaPin the cameraman works harder than she does.

Pre-race: Excited, nervous, pumping, and super hungry

Pre-race: Excited, nervous, pumping, and super hungry despite having eaten her bodyweight’s worth of potato chips while watching Il Y A Longtemps Que Je T’Aime the night before.

Because the Ninja Turtle is shy, she often finds herself standing towards the end of the group each time she approaches the starting line.

Because the Ninja Turtle is shy, she often finds herself standing towards the end of the group each time she approaches the starting line.

Mid-race, desperately making sure she didn't get lost. It was her first time running a trail.

Mid-race, desperately making sure she didn’t get lost. It was her first time running a trail.

Post-race disappointment. Was it the lousy fruit cake? The inconsistent weather? Her feet swelling rapidly? She can't remember.

Post-race disappointment. Was it the inedible fruit cake? The inconsistent weather? Her feet swelling rapidly? She can’t remember.

A second post-race photo, much more paparazzi-friendly this time...

A second post-race photo, much more paparazzi-friendly this time…

Because the Ninja Turtle came in second place for the women's solo run! Who would have ever thought it was possible?

Because the Ninja Turtle came in second place for the women’s solo run! Who would have ever thought it was possible?

The prize included a cabin suitcase, a lightweight polar vest, two sessions of water-biking and a big-ass bouquet which GodzillaPin had too much fun arranging at home.

The prize included a cabin suitcase, a lightweight polar vest, two sessions of water-biking and a HUGE bouquet which GodzillaPin had too much fun arranging at home.

Lesson: When running a trail race, don’t expect your splits to be the same as those in a road race. Just be hell grateful you weren’t eaten by a bear or something.

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