Today I slept through my alarm. Luckily I'm very used to getting up before sunrise these days, so I was out of bed 20 mins after I had planned but made a quick job of my morning routine and was put the day at 6:15.
Today was a tale of two halves, the first 28km will be a majority down hill working my way diagnostic down a massive valley to a river and then the remained of the day would be making my way back up the other side of the valley and then another few hundred meters of altitude to finish the day.
In the first couple hours of the day I ran past the sight of the 2009 landslide that killed 33 people and injured many more. It is literally the side of a mountain that collapsed. It was previously a coffee farm and the majority of people killed were both farmers and tourist visiting the farm during the time of the slide.
Lots of crosses are lying along side the new sketchy road.
I then ran through a few some nice villages with lots of corn and coffee growing in the hills surrounding them.
It got very steep in the 6.5kms before the river. Switch back nearly all the way down to the bridge.
I then ran on a steady up hill for a few kms along the other side of the river before the road led me away from the river slightly and became very steep.
Steeper than the hills in Mexico and even steeper than the rumours I had heard about these Guatemalan mountain passes.
It was a very tough 18-20kms, maybe some of the toughest kms of my entire run.
Such a great feeling of satisfaction when I finished the climb to the town of Chicaman.
Even along the way when I was burning up, I big inspiration was the knowing that I would have that feeling of satisfaction at the end. It has become very important to me now, that feeling you get when you do a good job, not for anyone else but for yourself. My dad taught me that a few years ago.
Today is up there with one of the hardest days of the trip. 51 hard kms, both downhill and up. 2560m of vertical gain in 50kms is just some crazy stats......pulling a 15kg cart behind me aswell. Loco!!!!