World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 52.0 km (Accumulated: 19153.8 km)
Elapsed time: 05:18:00
Start 10:12am at "Conservatoria Dos Registos E Notariado De Boane" in Boane city. 25c, o.c., humid and l. wind. Finish 17:07pm.At white city sign "Goba Fronteira", 100m from the border to Swatziland. 33c, v. humid and same.
[nb: stopwatch not functioning, time /- 5min.]
Christmas running calender, day 19:
A joy when running longdistance is also the suffering ! This may sound like a contradiction but often the moments in a very long training session, a race or a hard set of intervals where the physical fatigue or mental strain seems almost unbearable - are the moments that can put the everyday' in perspective.
While they are (in my oppinion) not something one should seek in daily traning, wich should be a Joy in the more obvious sense of the word; then the occational "sufèring" when knocking on the borders to longer distances, faster pace or tougher trails do help to make daily problems less of a battle to handle. And you get stronger in handling the situations when modern life suddenly has lost its 'pampering'; be it physical pain, stress or emotional strains.
.. I guess we are build to handle a bit of pain now and then ! And let it put things in a perspective where we dont need to complain or be downharted by things wich really doesnt matter on the big horizon :-)
Todays stage certainly had suffering ! 52 humid km's where the clothes was dripping from humidity after just 10min.s run.. Long before the hills became mountains and the road went up, up & up towards the border to Swatziland - A small kingdom of about 1mill. people guarded by mountain ranges.
The Beauty of this particularly hard day was not only that it put the logistics difficulty of planning support in S. Africa in perspective (relisticly I wont be able to push the stroller to Cape Town if no support-veichle), or that it made me forget that I have lately struggled hard (also in an economical sense..) w. handling that there is ca. 2years of running left; the main beauty of this hardship was that each km gave a reward of new views into remote green mountain valleys and the knowledge that Tomorrow a new contry opens its horizons, w. new people, new culture, new roads & new challenges :-)
Sarah from Australia arrives to share the running through this littlekingdom and into S. Africa - What more can you ask from life than to share it with someone who has the same Joy in what the horizon brings !! Even whenits a hard horizon :-)
Nb: Today I recieved a shipment of shoes from world run's main sponsor after long delays in customs. And while it meant that the new "Biom C" top end shoe missed yesterdays media' in Maputo (tv & radio interviews on the route)
- then the fact that I was able to lift the km from the daily 30-40km to 52km, and mostly uphill, probably was a stronger statement about Ecco's Biom C top shoe than anything I could have said on tv.. !!!