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First steps to my trail running adventure

By Aspasia Law

I was a swimmer since I was 8, and I never was going to be a runner, because I hated running, or at least that’s what I thought.

Hiking has always been my passion since I was young and hiking with my dad was my weekend routine. Whenever I saw trail runners pass us, I always saw them as supermen or superwomen.

At the end of 2019, I made new friends who were really passionate about trail running. I started running along the harbour with them every Friday. Week after week, I started wanting to run more and that’s when I realised I had fallen in love with the feeling of running. Running is not easy at all, the sweat, sore muscles, constantly out of breath, but I always love the rewarding feelings after a hard core exercise as I love to challenge myself.

Weekend training in Hong Kong

Only 2 months after I started running, I decided to register for my very first trail running race; it was a 13 km course in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Trail running might sound like a lonely and independent sport, but there’s actually lots of support and love on the trails. In that race, when I was struggling to climb up the hills, I met this girl who was also competing. We spent most of the time together, we were supporting and taking care of each other, this somehow gave me strength to keep going. No matter who they were, team members, volunteers, or even hikers, everyone was cheering for us. This also made trail running fulfilling, all the positiveness turned into fuel for me to finish the race. At the end, I was lucky enough to win first place in my category. It was definitely a confidence booster and an unforgettable experience.

© Photo by XTE Challenge Series

Trail running is such a challenging but rewarding sport. I am definitely looking forward to being stronger and running on all the spectacular mountains around the world.

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