I have had a really fab day in Lichtensteins mountains doing trailrunning at 1400 meters height. This is my second alpine race and if I would pick one running race a year I would choose one down here. My day started just before seven when I woke up and then took the local bus to the start which was much closer than I thought.
For a change I had lots of time before the race and people here are so openminded so here they do not think you are crazy when chatting to unknown people. I met an american girl in my age and we had breakfast together and talked about what was supposed to come. 800 runners were on todays linup for either the halfmarathon plus (26K) or the full marathon at LGT Alpine marathon and at 9 am we took off.
The first 10K was a piece of cake. A nearly 100% flat course alongside a river but I knew it was going to be tough so I had a comfortable start and finished part one of the race in about 53 minutes. At this point we had reached the city center of Vaduz and here the though 10K would start.
Like the other non professional runners I had no plan what so ever to run the next 10K and instaed I planned a hike. And I got a hike. 10K and over 1000 meters of climbing at trails and alp streets was not runnable for the majority of participants but that does not mean it was easy. It was over 15% inclination at many places so when the water stops came they were more than welcomed. And the organge stop. Wow, I love orange but today it was the best food on the planet. It was so beautiful and I had my phone with me so I stopped for picture taking a lot of times. The hiking part was fantastic!
After 20K was done it was payback time so now we had to run down to a super cute village on the other side of the mountain. The views were stunning also on this side with small alp lodges, snow covered mountains, summer flowers, cows, mountain goats and lakes with turquoise water. I had a really great day and I will for sure try to keep the tradition of doing alpine runs every summer.
/ Pernilla in the alps