As promised, here’s a report about Mia’s little trip to Gran Canaria with her boyfriend to participate in #Transgrancanaria (website) trail run, 24th February 2018. Here’s the first part!
Early morning departure.. The sunrise and dramatic skies
The beginning of adventures: rain & storm between Tenerife and Gran Canaria
Arriving to Gran Canaria..
‘Picturesque’ Agaete :)
ExpoMeloneras center to pick up the bibs
After we’ve picked up our bags with bibs and some goodies, we went to see the famous dunes of Maspalomas… Was windy and grey but still very beautiful! <3
Then we’ve arrived to our fantastic apartment in the old town, found through Airbnb:
… Sorted out gels, bottles of water, snacks, bibs, devices… etc
…Next day was a bit fast-forward / blurry but we both made it to the finish line, Mia 30km and her boyfriend 64km. So much emotions and memories!!!.. <3
5am before being separated and picked up by the buses – transportation option available at registration. Beware though that THERE ARE NO WARDROBES OPTION, so unless somebody is backing you up with the clothes, you have no place to store them anywhere when races start!! That was a big disappointment actually..
After finish, you’re eligible for a free massage (and limitless beers..hehe) – don’t neglect it cause it can help to recover much quicker!! I’m talking about massage of course not beers, and what did ya think?!. ))
During the race..
We started when it was dark and FREEZING, but in the end, closer to the finish line in Maspalomas, the sun started shining with no mercy.. It was really hot.
Next: The morning after the race, crawling wandering in Las Palmas before leaving Gran Canaria during big storm…
Today’s running path was in the mountains of La Esperanza close to Las Lugunetas (map). To say it was beautiful is to say nothing. This path starts in the forest and goes uphill for ca. 4km, then to somewhat looking like a flat area with fantastic opening views from the top; around the top and back down to the other part of the forest.
Literally every 3-5 minutes landscapes are changing their sceneries, colours and ‘decoration’ details, so that it is nearly impossible to run by without stopping (and catching a breath, lol).
We’ve seen quite a few cyclists passing by, but no other runners than ourselves. And – which was rather pleasing! – no cars at all as the way is too unprotected and narrow at times. Perfect for trekkers, in other words!! :)
Christmas holidays approaching!!
Pine and fir cones all along the way
The result: ca. 16km, speed around 7:50 – and around double faster & longer for my handsome guide who I am so thankful for showing this <3 Thanks a lot babe xx