Závist Trail Run
27. 12. 2017
The third Advent Sunday was for me and Robert in the sign of Závist Trail Run. The beautiful running weather with temperature around 0 °C, excellent coffee and goodies from the promoters' moms welcomed us. Each of us entered the race with his own ambitions. My goal was the tenth place and run faster than last year and Robert‘s goal was race times around 1:25 (about 20th).
Alois: After the start, I placed around the 12th place. Until to Závist we wrestled for the 10th and 11th position, but in Jarov I increased my speed and leaned into it following the vision of the approaching the finish. As I ran down from Jarov to Zálep, I outran a limp guy in front of me and pursued the next racer. He resisted me and I finished in 9th place at time 1:19:21.
Robert: At the outset, I ran the race swiftly. On the track, I was checking my precalculated time intervals to know how it looks to me. At first, I ran a long straight, so I hurried (about 3:45/km). The beginning of a run was euphoric, I had enough strength. So I rather restrained myself to not overdo it .The first run and the subsequent straight were not so swift, but I tried to keep at least some pace. Running down to the Károvské údolí (valley) is steep, so the morning warning from the promoters that there will be a lot of slipping on the stones and the moss caused that I was careful.
And then I ran through ravine around Lhotský potok (brook). For me, perhaps the most beautiful section of the route, but one of the most challenging. Undulating and muddy terrain ensured that energy was on the decrease quick every step. A reward for this misery was a beautiful outlook: "Hadí vyhlídka (Snake Lookout)". Honestly, I didn‘t delight with it much, but I did not miss the 3-second view of the Károvské údolí (valley);). The subsequent straight was slow (the goal for the coming season is clear: to improve my speed). At the beginning of the running down to Zbraslav, one of the volunteers shouted at me: "Give yourself to it! Give yourself to it! TOP 20 in range!" This support gave me a lot of energy and running down quickly passed.
On the straight around the Zbraslav Mini Zoo, two guys ran around me. I was angry at myself again that I did not train enough those intervals in the summer. At the refreshments, I had a still 40 seconds time interval to my credit. After a few gulps of sweet hot tea and encouraged by from friend of Jirka, I powered-hike the longest climb on the track (Závist). After several meters, the first woman (Petra Kotlíková) ran around me and I suspected that it would be good to follow her because she had the upper hand in the hills. I also knew that the first woman is usually at the finish at about 1:25, which was my goal. So I plucked up the courage and the other two hills I kept in close proximity of this lady.
In the last rocky and serpentine running down to the Jarovské údolí (valley) mouth, I was fully focused on the terrain and trying to run as fast as possible. This particular passage is one of the highlights of the local track. I checked time interval and knew that only 2.5 km was left to the finish. Since it was no longer worth to spare with energy, I ran at full speed to the finish. At the last straight stretch, I ran alone, no longer with visual contact with the competitors before or behind me. Running to the finish was very fast. Of course :) in order not to blame myself for the extra seconds. In the upshot, I finished in the 18th position with a time of 1:25:29. I was satisfied!
We both enjoyed the race (I and Robert) from the beginning to end. Even no bigger crisis has come. After the race, we cantered together and cheered along the track racers running to the finish. We also talked about the past and the coming season. The third year of Závist Trail Run was behind us. It was again very nice racing Sunday.
Robert Sedlák and Alois Kuna / Kilpi Racing Team