Romania 2018: Retezat Marathon, Rausor skijump

Once again, I took part of what I’ve sworn I would never do. This race made me drop dead last year and I really meant when I wrote:

“.. is not for everyone, definitely not for me. While I was climbing the rocks and praying for the finish line, I swore to myself that was the one and only time I will take part of that race.” (click here to see the last year’s article)

This year I had to prove to myself I can do better, and so I did. Still not the best time ever, but 1.5h faster is something. Weather helped a lot also. Last year felt closer to hell also because it was too hot and sunny. This time, partly sunny and cooler. The road to hell Retezat Peak was a happier road. The toughest 7k climb now felt easier. I kept my smile on 4 hours more than last year.

#improvement πŸ˜€

Maybe it adds up: the weather, the training you have, the shoes you wear, the fuel you eat… but nobody can deny this is one of the toughest races in Romania.

38462395_1601017630009033_8498709147330543616_n
38392109_1085699444929443_2952053970274615296_n
38448909_227928811195456_1204746203498020864_n
38498854_195947974609992_1847679657835495424_n
38462134_533349547128516_9060013552751869952_n

I recommend again this race, but for well prepared runners. The views are mesmerizing and if you know what are you going into, you won’t mentally collapse like I did in 2017.

This year I convinced a few people to join the party and the good news is I’m not totally crazy: everybody agreed this was a hell of a race, where you can go really  and deeply cuckoo by the time you find the finish line.

For a little more detailed experience, see my other article here πŸ™‚

Thank you and goodnight πŸ˜€

37997768_2214062505506486_5875574269483679744_n
38501166_250858542198614_5588565317606440960_n
38432228_237387716769933_1381533182024744960_n
38470323_273466493248919_8851598572496355328_n
38451486_2135768476638183_5854556834135801856_n
38424421_222224568491368_8581178583907565568_n
38519108_2087119014691366_7639824964983455744_n
38501185_2043386849306650_5840417849042010112_n

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s