Hi Kristar. It's pretty good. I'm inclined to close up the spaces you left in things like "300m" and "5km". And as you're using 300m", I don't think you need to go to "meters" elsewhere. Some people might suggest that "min" requires a full stop for the abbreviation but it looks OK to me for a blog text. I'm assuming Patagonia Adventure is a company name. There are a couple of extra suggestions in blue.
A couple of days ago, a guy from Patagonia Adventure gave me a challenge that I couldn’t resist – to run the popular Lagona los Tres track to the foot of Mount Fitzroy, and then back to El Chaltén. The track is graded moderate (for trampers) and climbs to over 1000m.
Starting at 300m above sea level, the first 5km section almost immediately climbed to 800m before flattening out. At this point I seriously doubted that it was doable, to finish the track before the sun had set. It was 17:30 when I started running and considering that most hikers do the track in 8 hours, my initial intention was to run it in half the time and be back before nightfall. I ran the track the Wildman style, with mountaineering boots and a daypack containing my Crossfit rings, a camera and a bottle of water. Yeah, I seriously planned to do a 10 min Cindy WOD halfway into the track, but when I got there I couldn't. The main reason was that I couldn’t find a tree to hang up the rings because I was above the tree line. The reality was somewhat different – I was ready to die when I arrived and there was no way I could do a Crossfit WOD. It took me 1 hour and 40 min to run the first 12.5km of the track and now the conditions were to change. I had to run downhill, which is a mixed blessing – you run faster but it’s more tiresome for the legs and the risk of injuries are increased. I was hoping that the downhill phase would be easier but it turned out to be only 10 min faster – I was really tired! Altogether it took me a little over 3 hours to finish the 25km run. I probably would have done better with proper shoes but the important thing is that I did it. After all, my goal is to continuously improve myself, no matter what!
When I came to the hostel I found a hole in the back of my t-shirt and I had two large bruises on my back, probably caused by the friction from the backpack. Two days later I still haven’t recovered from the mountain run, my legs are sore and my hips are weakened; and I spent most of the day yesterday resting with a pretty bad tension headache. Was it worth it? Of Course it was, I learned a lot!
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