One-Minute Runs - 34k Mountain Run - Petchabun, Thailand 2019
Ai Potlek Wing Thalu Mek Phu Thap Boek Khrang Thi 2
ร่วมสร้างประวัติศาสตร์ “ไอ้ปอดเหล็ก วิ่งทะลุเมฆ ภูทับเบิก” ครั้งที่ 2
October 6th 2019 - 34K run up and down Phu Thap Boek mountain.
(2.5 hrs to the peak, 2 hrs back down to the start)
I tried contacting the organizers twice to get my official place, but no luck, so I dont know how many people started or finished the race, or where I came, but I think the time was respectable considering it was almost a marathon distance (they called it a 'Super Half Marathon' which is a bit generous considering it was a few miles short of a full marathon).
This was perhaps my craziest running plan. Rent a scooter without a license, and ride 500km, avoiding police checkpoints and heavy potential fines the day before the race. I had to survive thunderstorms and a much longer than expected 11hrs in the seat, arrived at registration only 30 mins before the expiry time, and finally got to the hotel at nightfall.
Only managed a few hrs sleep before it was a very early start to get to the start line for a 4.30am start (!)
Started the run and was very quickly in complete darkness, with only the running headlight on my head for company, and complete silence, save for the sound of the occasional runners footsteps. Running quickly turned to a kind of power walking up the mountain, through layers of fog until the sun broke through the clouds for a fantastic sunrise.
Fun fact, for my entire training and even during the run, I miscalculated KM to Miles conversion for some reason, so I expected to reach the peak at about 7 miles,when it was actually over 11 miles into the run, which in itself was insane.
At the turnaround, I was elated, and running down was a joy, although I was really tired. I managed to blister up my little toe, stopping at an aid station on the way down for some medical support, the ambulance only had childs plasters with cartoon characters on them, so I wrapped a few around my toe, and they only lasted about a mile or two before coming loose, so I had to grin and bear the rest of the race in some discomfort.
Finished the run in 4 hrs 25 mins, but no idea of my final placings. Had to grab the scooter back to the hotel and then basically collapsed the rest of the day. Up again at dawn a day later to make my way back to Chiang Mai, another 500km ride, this time much faster, and just avoiding a final police checkpoint a few meters away from my home, where I returned the scooter to the rental shop with another 1000km on the clock!