Autumn running in Andalucia
Autumn has arrived on the trails of Andalucia, Spain. It’s still hot and sunny while running – indeed I managed to burn the back of my neck on a run this week – but there’s an air of mellow fruitfulness.
Nuts and fruits on the trails
Walnuts, sweet chestnuts, pears, figs and of course pomegranate hang from the trees. The humble pomegranate is revered in these parts giving its name to Granada itself. The fruit appears on the provincial flag and there’s no shortage of trees growing wild on the trails…if you know where to look 😉 A useful freebie energy boost if you’re feeling short on fuel while heading home.
We missed the persimmon this year, which came a little early after a dryer than usual summer. The dry summer is also taking its toll on the king of the trees – the olive. The fruit has still to swell before picking starts from November onwards.
Will the weather change?
Being selfish trail runners, we’d rather the rain holds off for as long as possible, but listening to the farmers’ sighs and seeing the low water level in the local lake we understand that a break in the weather is needed.
The slighter cooler temperatures also herald a chance for us to check out some different trails. We’re no longer nervous of getting caught off route running low on water in the heat of the summer sun. Our efforts have already paid off as we’ve mapped a great single track of about 5km in length.
We’ve got more reccys planned over the next few days, and will be filling and fuelling our packs for five or so hours out in the mountains plotting some lesser run trails and tracks. It’s a great time of year to be out. The countryside is now a wash of green greys, beige and sand, framed by a blue sky, as Andalucia takes on its autumn coat.