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: 40.0 km (Accumulated: 18036.8 km)
Elapsed time: 03:54:56
Start 08:42am. at white tarmac-marker "82" ca. 70km S. of Inchope, on the EN1-hwy to Maputo. 19c, half cl. and l. wind. Finish 14:29pm. At white tarmac-marker "K42.5" ca. 110km S. of Inchope, on the EN1-hwy to Maputo. 27c, o.c., humid and same.
18 000 !
- It was a Struggle getting the last 500km done as the feet felt like dragging behind every k; but its definately nice to have another round mark done :-))
The physical tiredness has been there before, many times across the continents ofcourse, but its a deep struggle w. motivation that has been at stake here.
Some energyhas been used negotiating w. a few additional sponsoroppotunities for the last half of the run and trying to optimize the website and the experiense forthe daily visitors :-)
- I get a lot of positive feedback from people following the run, wich boosts' the motivation on difficult streatches !!
Thanks for sms & emails :-))
That Cape Town & the half way Point comes nearer is a motivation - but besides many logistical preparations (where Phil Essam as always is the main Force of the run :-) it opens the longtime perspective: approximately 2 years of running left at present and the task is to get the Motivation ready so I dont have to battle with it at the tip of S. America or when Im in the middle of a struggle where I need all the motivation to be there and ready in many forms - and not to 'go searching for it' !
I think that lacking in motiovational 'work' along w. the yearlong building of logiscs before the start is one of the main differences between when these Adventures becomes possible or not !
A lot of the motivation is mecanics': dividing each continent, each contry and each region into over-viewable sizes. To make sure you have confidence you can handle each of them and knowing (/hoping !) there is support :-)
Its a matter of summing up all the reasons why you Love what you are doing - here: the Joy of running, the "oneness" w. nature & culture you slowly pass by and pass into, the curiocity of limits and how to make them dissolve into what most of them really are: a creation of our mind, and... The fact that for me the 'Ho hum' of daily life never matches the "Come-come !" of dreams :-) And the slow fascinating work of insisting in making them reality..
Yet, I think that benieth the layers of motivation wich you are able to produce, you need to have some kind of 'inherited motivation' to take on the very large challenges.
Personally this to some extend comes from competetive longdist. running since 12y.o. and marathon since I was 15y.o.
(on some long stages here in Africa the mind goes wandering back to sunday mornings at the "Bagsværd Sø Rundt" race of 10, 20 or 30km in the 1980'ties sharing the first western 'running wave' w. my father and the local running club :-)
Perhaps a part is also due to growing up w. an outdoors kindergarden; walking in nature day long even before taking up running years later.
But the main source of inherited motivation (and stubbonness) comes by beeing fortunate to have a grandmother even more determined than I - and also determined in showing that there Is no limits & that Dreams becomes possible via 2 things: Courage to dream and Stubbonness to make them happen !
And thats the main fuel' when no other motivation is left :-)
- Now she is nearing 100y.o. (! a thing I'd like to be back in time to Celebrate !!) and may not travel as much. But the determination I suspect is unchanged; and I think the foundation of this 'Adventure & Exploring by Running' of world run 1 and world run 2 came by when beeing invited to travel w. her from I was old enough to walk... Exotic far-away places along with tourist destinations, but always going off the main track to see the everyday details.
Even visiting herhouse was an adventure; a tall white building in an owergrown garden w. trees & tall grass forming a green 'wilderness'. Inside a huge sculpture sittingmidtways on the winding staircase to 1.st. floor. A livingroom w. books piled high, competing for space w. plants, paintings and two stuffed aligators from S. America resting on top of a high dresser (that would have been a "no-no" w. modern endangered species laws, I am sure ;-)
Most of all though; anoldfashioned globe standing on its large metal foot w. all kinds of scales around its oval. It would be picked up from the floor, spun' and by the point of finger, stopped. Followed by a challenge to imagine how that place would be - and how to get there :-)
.. not that far to the wr !