Slabys dominate Inca Trail Marathon in Peru. Gina Slaby sets unofficial women’s speed record for 45km!
First thing I must say is that it was a less than ideal time for us to do it. I had gotten reinjured a week after the April HURT race and missed about four of the next eight weeks with no running whatsoever. Gina was recovering from a recurring stress fracture (same shin as the year before). We were both out of shape and neither had run more than eight miles since mid April (when we reinjured ourselves). When we originally planned the trip over the winter we had seen there was a marathon going on when we were going to be there and thought – perfect! We looked at the times and figured we could do pretty well and maybe go after the win if we were in shape.
Next thing is that through some error we had not signed up for the official marathon that was being held that day (June 10) but had instead accidentally organized our own event – just the two of us. The official race was a little wimpier and competitors had hiked in to the 88km mark, 6km up the trail from the official start. Their marathon ended up being only 39km, not quite a marathon. They started a half hour before us with an 8km head start but we still passed all but four of them.