Thought a lot about Midnight Sun Marathon while writing previous post about Winter Run series. I’ve posted some pics from our trip to Tromsø on my travel insta, but didn’t made it to the most stunning photos of midnight sun. Actually, no words are needed after the photo above, but I’ll tell you a bit more about the race.
We spent a few days previous to the race in the city and all those days were rainy and grey – just like they should be according to all those jokes about Norway’s climate. Grey were the nights as well. No sunrise, no sunset, no midnight sun – never-ending grey day. We loved the city anyway – we were well equipped with Uniqlo down jackets and bright raincoats, nothing stopped us from enjoying nordic charm, climbing Trondheim mountains, drinking all the great coffee and eating all the raisin buns.
When the night of the race came, sky miraculously cleared and the Midnight Sun mentioned in the name of the race appeared. The route of my tiny 10k run went along the coast to Telegrafbukta and back. During the first 5k the view was… well, fine. Tiny houses on the right and some bushes on the left. But after the turning point, sunny sea and mountains appeared on my right. It was literally breathtaking – for a moment I felt like I can’t breath anymore and would die right now right here because of all these emotions doubling my running efforts.
I tried to calm and pull myself together and made it to the finish line much faster than I planned and with a wide smile. Got my pretty medal, a box of blueberries, kisses from my husband and a camera. Ivan’s race – the full 42.2km – started an hour later than mine, so the plan was to take pictures of each other to save some money on marathon photos.
I made a few pics of my marathoner at the start line and near our hotel, showered and went for a walk and a real photo hunt. And that’s when the true magic began – sun went down, some raindrops fell on the ground, and then the rainbow showed up. Y’know, the rainbow, the full one. By the sea. With those snowy mountaintops on background. I stand there and imagined, how difficult it would be for me to breathe if I were still on the run.
Met my marathoner on the bridge once again, then under the bridge, then swallowed salmon sandwich and walked to the finish line.
Ivan finished around midnight, the city became grey and rainy as it was before the race leaving us with no doubts that all this running adventure accompanied by midnight sun was a true miracle.
Guys, if you are choosing some unusual and interesting destination, you should definitely visit Tromsø and run this race ❤️