This Sunday outing was planned as purely a hike, but we ended up running about 75% of the distance I think. I'm now about 5 weeks away from the Oxfam Trailwalker, so every last ounce of training helps.
Ready to set out
Hey there, little fella
Running along a flat, paved section
A tree filled with lanterns in Lai Chi Wo
Lai Chi Wo Village
An electrical cable washing line, Lai Chi Wo
Crossing the road bridge into Luk Keng Village
Getting a little lost in the network of trails and checking the map
Ar-Yan racing down the hill in a wonderful 1km wet, muddy, downhill dash
The Brooks Cascadia 5's seemed to be tailor made for the muddy downhill section. Waiting for the others to catch-up here.
Back to the car-park
All-in-all in was quite a good hike/run. It would have been better as a full run with the mostly flat trail seeming ideal for it.
It's hard to put into words how much fun the 1km wet, muddy downhill dash was. Plenty of things to dodge, plants whipping us as we sped by, I had a huge goofy grin plastered on my face the whole time. In fact, without this section, I'd probably rate the whole hike/run mediocre and "okay".
There's something that feels distinctly different running along a trail with a group of like minded people compared to running with a mate along streets / urban areas. Hard to describe, sort of tribal, like a wolf pack.