Trail Running in Mallorca

Over the last week I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time in Pollenca, Mallorca on a last minute family holiday. Having miserably nursed my injured foot for the last five and a half weeks, I thought it was about time I tentatively tested it out on some trails. Pollenca is located at the bottom of the Serra de Tramuntana, a chain of mountains in northern Mallorca, meaning I had some excellent options to explore. I started by running up to the Puig de Maria, a small chapel located on a hill on the other side of town, which is roughly a 5 mile round trip. To be fair, I walked most of the uphill and jogged pretty slowly down just to test my foot out. It stayed in tact for this first assault thankfully. I felt ok the next day so, on my Dad’s recommendation, I decided to have a recce of the GR221, a 135km hiking route which has recently been marked out (although my understanding is that some of the route is yet to be fully signposted). Also known as the ‘Ruta de pedra en sec’, the trail crosses the Serra de Tramuntana from the Port d’Andratx (in the south of the island) to Pollença. Along the route are various mountain hostels which have been turned in refuges to be used by hikers. As we were based in Pollenca, I opted to run the last leg to Lluc, which is officially about 16km (but came to about 12 miles with the extra distance from our villa) and has 700 metres of climb and 250 metres of descent. Apparently much of the route is on old cobbled paths although this section also had a very small amount of road and a fair amount of standard single track trail. I was a bit skeptical about stepping up to this distance so quickly but after loading up on ibuprofen I headed off. It was pretty warm, about 26c, but the views were great and I was stoked to be out and finally, properly running (see my very happy photo below!). The route was flat for a few miles before gradually working its way up into the hills. I came across a fair few hikers and a herd of goats. The downhill was fun, although my ankle felt pretty weak after being in the plastic boot for so long, so I took it nice and easy. I finished up at the monastery in Lluc – an incredible building set in a sunny valley. I also ran passed the refuge son Amer which is where you could stay if you opted to hike or run the route in stages. I had a really fun day and would have liked to recce more of the GR221 but my foot resisted so I ended up just doing a few more quick runs up to the Puig de Maria (which still has some lovely views). I would definitely like to attempt the whole route at one point, either in stages or possibly in one go if I ever get fit enough. There is also the Ultra Mallorca Serra de Tramuntana in April which follows much of the route. So, yay, tentatively I am back on my feet although I will be taking it slow (the weather back in sunny England is hardly beckoning me outside to be honest). Next race, if I’m up to it, will be the Endurance Life CTS event in Dorset 🙂

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