World Run II / Reports
The map shows the position of which the pictures for the day are taken (if any). The start and finish markers are placed at the first and last valid registered position. This is not nessesary the actual start and finish position, if GSM or GPS signals was not available.
Distance today: 48.0 km (Accumulated: 3989.0 km)
Elapsed time: 04:46:25
Start 08:38am. At "Brosne 2km" on r.50 in Slovak Republic. 10c, rain and m. wind.
Finish 14:56pm. At roadsign "Zachej" in Pistome. 15c, overcast and l. wind.
Ordinary run: 48km, 4:46:25h. 10km city-jogg w. Joseph and Pranjal. 1:01hour.
At todays run we met Pranjal from Sri Chinmoy and Joseph from Bratislava. Pranjal has completed 4 (!) 3100mile races in New York
and Joseph has a few weeks ago finished a journey run from Bratislava to Beijing - so we were among colleagues and enjoyed the exchange of experienses and inspiration much :-)
It was interesting to notice how thetwo ultrarunners of similar distances had distinctly different approaches - both very good but also, I think, a good example of two types of running: the fixed circle run and the journey run.
In the circle multiday you compete on a track of 400m to approx. 2km for anything between 48hour, 72h, 6day, 10day duration or the current max. of 3100miles (5000km) in the SCMT race. Here your focus is mainly inward; your inner motivation, your filosofy, faith or spirit :-) The goal often beeing inner development just as much as the distance on the 'outer scorebord', wich often is 100km pr. day or more for the best runners !
In journey running the goals are "the open road ahead":
the cultures you meet and importantly, interact with, the slow change of nature and geograph for each day you run forward :-) The way it changes your view and understanding of the world, not least for a political scientist by education like me. Freedom to an extend that its difficult to describe. To be a person/citizen of the world beyond what tourism and 'fast travel' allows you !
It was fun to notice how clear Pranjal spoke of the inner running and Joseph of the outer journey :-)
You can read more about circuit-multiday running at scmt.org (or link from multidays.com) and about Joseph's 12000km run to Beijing through amongst others Rumania, Bulgaria, Russia and the Mongolian desert at xtremerun.com .
Sarahs way of running is firm in the SCMT approach and involves daily meditation. But ofcourse wr2 also has opened the journey perspective little by little.
For my own part running is a mix of both, 'inner & outer' running and a filosophy that began far before I had run my first 3km run back in the 80ties :-)