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Happy trails :D

Out on the trail today!
Had a brilliant run on the Macritchie trail this afternoon, a steady 10 miles with very little pain .. woohoo! My ribs are still sore but I think I’ll have to put up with it for another couple of weeks.
Ran with the new Salomon pack and it’s absolutely brilliant! Nothing moved, fits like a glove and comes with more bells and whistles than you could dream of. Big thumbs up! There’s only a 5 litre space in the pack for a spare jacket or other kit, but it’ll carry 1.5 litres of fluid, has stretchy side pockets and two bottle holders in the front. It also comes with two extra kit pouches that velcro on. So if you use the bottle holders to stash your favourite things, it’s quite a tardis really. It’s even got pole holders which I’ll try on my next run. This is a pack for minimalist long runs and races, perfect for the Sabah Ultra-Trail Run in April! 🙂
I’m so tickled about being able to run again … I’ve had a cheshire cat grin on my face all evening! Seeing a physio tomorrow to try and suss out what’s popped in my back, so fingers crossed it’s nothing serious. 
Might be able to rock up for King of the Hills Mountain Marathon in Sai Kung (HK) next weekend, I’m still thinking about it … we’ll see what the physio says tomorrow! Anyone else going? 
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Back in the running!

First off, well done to all those who ran the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Marathon in South Devon, and the Standard Chartered Marathon in Hong Kong this morning! Next, good luck to all those headed to the Tokyo marathon or the Philippines BDM 160 next week!

East Coast Parkway (ECP) sunrise
It’s now been just over three weeks since my kite surfing accident … and a miserable total of 3 pain-filled, short runs not worth writing home about … until today. Finally! A 9-mile run with Marnie at the beach this morning. Not feeling normal yet, but definitely bearable. Tried running in the pool, but got so bored after 45 minutes and kept losing count of the laps I was running. I gave up pretty quickly.

Will try to see a physio tomorrow to get my back looked at .. there’s a strange lump on the side I fell, possibly a popped muscle connector. That might explain why I feel I’m veering off to the left whilst running! Hopefully it can be easily fixed .. and without surgery! If not, I’m sure I’ll live.

One week to my first race of the year .. the NTUC U Run. It’s only 10km, but with a 31-storey climb up the NTUC building to finish. At least that’s a little more interesting! Feeling completely unprepared for it so we’ll see how I go. I know my quads will be burning on the stair climb for sure!

Now I know I can run again, it’s time to hit the trails … woohoo! Looking forward to a nice loop around the reservoir, even better with some new kit to try out. The Salomon Advanced Skin 5 S-Lab hydration pack (courtesy of the Desert King :)) looks super sexy and has had rave reviews so far!

Also have my Falke TR4 trail socks and Raidlight poles (see my previous blog post) to test drive .. can’t wait!