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: 51.0 km (Accumulated: 21892.0 km)
Elapsed time: 04:59:42
Start 09:55am., 11c, med. wind, half overcast. At green roadsign "Pte. Rio Gallegos" on hwy. 3 to Bournes Aires, at Rio Gallegos river.
Finish 15:55pm., 18c, med. wind and overcast. At small white roadsign/fence-marker "66 - 2" at hwy. 3 to Bournes Aires.
[in my eagerness to get ready for todays 'long run' I forgot to switch on the endomondo gps live-tracking system and thus the first 500-700meters isnt tracked, but using dual gps-documentation means that you'll still find the start location and first few hundred meters documented - by the gps-coded pic. which goes w. this report]
First long stage :-)
As you have probably noticed the first two weeks of this second half of world run 2 has been very moderate in daily km !
The 51km of today was the first ordinary stage as far as ultra distances go in the sense that we as ultrarunners compete on 50km as our "shortest" distance (our competetions range from 50km to 100km, 100miles, 24hours, 48hours, 6days, 10days and on occasion longer). So the 30km average here in the beginning should hardly impress any of my friends in the sport ! The 30km per day is not beyond what an elite marathonrunner would consider normal basic training - though at a much higher pace as far as I remember back when doing sub. 2:30 marahons.. ;-)
So - why this carefull opening of the run ?
To me its vital to let the body slowly ease into a run of this scale; perhaps like slowly setting a mile-long roadtrain into motion..
A few weeks to get the body used to the workload of the daily routine of running, then setting camp, or buying supplies and finding a hotel if near a city, writing the daily impressions in the log, finding mobile datasignal to upload pictures and gps-data - and getting the team to function and not least to take time to appreciate the local nature, culture and peoples.
Then follows a few months to get up to daily km-kapacity.
And finally, if all goes well; 6 - 12 months untill full capacity is reached.
Today was the first time in this part of the world run two that I stepped up and made a gentle knock on "Km-Heavens" door.. :-)
Throughout carefully listening for the answer - and even though the legs felt strong and the muscles were fine, soft and relaxed after the run - Then I have been enough times past the 20 000km mark to know that the answer can be deceptive untill you have waited and slowly allowed the first 10 000km to roll by; searching for the smallest signs that body or mental approach needs adjustments in the daily routine in order to avoid injury or fatigue later on.
Often I've seen fellow ultrarunners of international elite-class being pulled slightly apart piece by piece during those first 5000 -10 000km untill its not possible to continue running.
And its no secret that I consider myself to be a runner not as strong as many of those who have kept me company during the two world runs; only just perhaps a more patient runner.. !
But however it goes, I already by now have got the impression that South America is a very friendly continent to run through; where so far all people that our small expedition has been in touch with has turned out to be more helpful than I would have expected. The nature - more inspiring than my research suggested, to a degree where the open, endless, horizon fits very closely to my preferred state of mind: when the body and soul forgets their limits and search back to a time where we were not inhibited by "comfort" or technical "must-have" items but could move endlessly..
NB: Tomorrow Jamie and I leave our base here in Rio Gallegos and will then again be setting our two small tents on the large plains after the daily stages. There might be up to 5-7 days before we reach the next supplypoint as well as mobile signal to transmit the gps-data & pictures.
The exact route can be seen via the endomondo gps-documentation system which transmits live as I run. In case of lack of transmission signal it will be uploaded automaticly when I reach carrier signal again.
The time you see at the live-coverage is the total time spend on that particular stage from the run starts to the finish point (including time spend on reststops for food, water, navigation, local authorities, road safety etc.) where as the time at the top of this report is the "stopwatch time" which is excl. all stops.
The pictures from the stages will usually be uploaded in the evening but can be delayed depending on wether I have data-signal to transmit them. They will be displayed under each daily report when you click on "Reports" in the main meny and select the contry or continent I am currently running on. They are coded with the gps-location at which they were taken and their position will be displayed on the little map next to the report.
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