Tuesday, 20 October 2015

That time I ingested five bugs mid-run

I did it again: I entered a night-time trail run.  Now, long-time readers will know that my previous attempt at traversing the open plains on foot in the semi-dark with a puny hand-held flashlight didn't end well: I (unknowingly) lead a whole chunk of the field astray.  And yet I just had to try my hand at it again - a redemption run of sorts.  Plus this time I had the home turf advantage: The race route coincided with part of the Kimberley parkrun route, of which I literally know every rock and turn.  It was meant to be.



If you're thinking that this time I'd learnt from past mistakes and toed the starting line with a headlamp bright enough to light up a small empire, you'd be wrong.  In fact, not even I'm sure why I didn't show up with the mother of all headlamps.  Ignorance?  Scattered mom-brain?  Stubborn refusal to spend big bucks on something I'd only be using once or twice a year?  Yet there I was again: Lined up and ready to run (in the dark) with nothing but a smile on my head.  Sigh.  Thank heavens for a parkrun friend who had an extra headlamp and kindly shared.  Note to self: GET A PROPER HEADLAMP.  YESTERDAY.

We started just as it got dark and I felt strong right off the bat - hallelujah for a mild summer's day.  I ran the first kilometre in the semi-dark and was so thankful for my borrowed headlamp when I switched it on at the 1 km mark - I could see!  Despite my elation about being able to observe where I went, though, I almost immediately encountered what must be the major invention flaw of the headlamp: Bugs.  Gajillions of bugs swirling and twirling in the light of the headlamp, approximately 1 cm from your open mouth, through which you're breathing heavily whilst rapidly moving in a forward direction.  How on earth did headlamp inventors not anticipate this and include some kind of bug guard with every lamp?  Or at least a warning?  Needless to say that I ingested three bugs before the halfway mark - strangely thankful that I wasn't able to actually see what I swallowed.

Perhaps it was the extra protein boost, or perhaps it really was the home turf advantage, but I had a spectacular run.  Seven kilometres, five bugs and 33:19 minutes later, I crossed the finish line as the first lady home - wahoo!


My race splits.  Click to enlarge.

So yes, I'm currently busy online-shopping for a good headlamp.  And trying to justify spending big bucks on something that I'll probably only be using once or twice a year.  Load shedding seems to be a good starting point...?

                            

10 comments:

  1. Great run Karien. And first lady to make it all the more worthwhile. You're running really well just now. Many congratulations.....
    I use the H7 LED Lenser headlamp for night stuff. Worth a look

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words and the headlamp recommendation, Gordon - I'll definitely have a look.

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  2. I think I would have been a lot more freaked out about the bugs - you handled it well! Congrats on your race!

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    1. I tried not to think about them too much, Lisa - although ignoring them was a bit hard, haha!

      Thanks so much!

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  3. Great job! Those bugs would have been annoying, but the faster you run the faster you get away from them right? and nice job not leading anyway else astry also!

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    1. Haha, thanks, Christy! I must admit that this one was on clearly-marked gravel roads, so it was a bit easier not to lead the field astray, lol! :)

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    1. Dankie, liefste Saar! Het vir my 'n leeeeeekker koplamp bestel - sal nog wys! xxxx

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  5. Congratulations Karien! And sorry about the bugs...

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I ended up getting a really nice prize, so I guess the bugs were worth it! ;)

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