Back again for my 3rd Yarrabilba Trail Fest run. Always promises to be a good event given the number of Mountain Goat Trail Runners (and trail community) attending, and hosted by Those Guys – and somewhere different to central Brisbane.
Allowing for the 50 mins to get there from the city, it was a brisk morning where it was holding back taking off the warm layers until relatively the last minute to get the warm gear off. But once it was off, it was a fairly quick to get started after the usual event briefing. Always great to see alot of new runners in these events!
The course this year has changed again – given the changing developments of Yarrabilba. It was a longer than usual on the road and sandy trail before getting to the “good stuff” (which is reflected well in the relive video below). But all was good, given that it was still 22km and there were a couple of really fun sections as part of the course.
Running with Pete, the pace was manageable for both of us. Also with lots of selfies and a good chance to catch-up during the course. Maybe we were not pushing hard enough (with all the chit chat), but I was happy that today was only 22km – given the intense week I had prior and with a long run in Singapore 2 days prior.
I was also trying a slightly new approach to my nutrition plan of the past.
Given about 4 months ago, I am following more of a keto style diet, I thought this would be a good test. I have done similar distances, but without the “race” mentality.
I didn’t do my usual carb loading, and carb intake through the run. Rather just water. I definitely think anything more than 20km will need some additional supplements and nutrition. I have a plan – but will save that until the next 50km in the start of September (Coastal High 50)
Relive Visual Map:
Back again for my second run of this course, it was a no brainer given that it’s somewhere different and a great relaxed and social event.
A chilli morning in preparation for this run, with a 50 min drive down to Yarrabilba from Brisbane. Managed to time it right and not having to wait too long before starting…
After a quick briefing, and appreciation of all the new runners with a quick casual briefing, we were at the start line and then we were off.
The course stated with about 700m of new estate roads, before getting into the start of the trails. We were warned of the creek crossing at 1.5km mark – which was very smart given the new runners. Personally I was happy to plough though it, and keep the feet cool. I think after about 5 km I finally got warmed up and found bit of a groove. At the 10km mark was the first of the hills, I managed to keep a decent pace up this hill, and disappointed that the scenic lookout point was not mentioned this year. Was a good spot for a selfie last year 😉
After descending this hill we ran the best bit of the course, the single trails for about 3km, and then back onto the fire-trails. With a couple short steep hills, then we had the rock hop down the ridge back towards the finish – via the creek crossing and the estate road.
Highlights was the single trails and chatting to the other runners in the different sections – making some of the hills so much easier.
- Solomon slab vest with 2 water bottles
- Asics GT2000.
- Mountain Goat singlet and trucker cap
- Injinji socks
- Lululemon pants
- Arbonne Preworkout
- 4 Dates
- 1.2l of water with Phytosport Hydration
- Clif blok chews – whole bar
- Post workout and a protein shake
Always trying to optimise my nutrition, I am happy with the hourly intake of sodium and carbs to to keep me feeling good for these 2 hours – with no cramping or lack of energy.
Thanks to the organisers – Those Guys, and looking forward to the next event with them as well – Coastal High 50 in 6? weeks… watch this space!