World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 47.0 km (Accumulated: 27481.0 km)
Elapsed time: 04:42:40
Start 10:43am., 25c, clear and med.wind, at km-stone "367" on hwy. 1. Finish 17:08pm., 19c, some clouds and same at km-stone "320" on hwy. 1.
After the tiny run yesterday (picking Sarah up in Lima Airport, 390km away and thus first arriving at the route short before sundown), it was now time to get a proper stage in:
After a night at a great tenting location well off the Pan American highway near the lower Cordillera' Andes Mountains we enjoyed a 47km stage in the sharp sun. It went from the arid, dry and open desert-landscape and down into the more fertile and green, somewhat humid agricultural valleys which leads up to Lima itself, 300km more North. As you can see from the pictures it could well be two different conties !
But the friendly peruvian mentality.. Is the same everywhere :-) Today we got cheered on by a team of roadworkers cleaning up the side of the Panamericana' highway; apparently they had heard about the run from some of the colleagues further down the highway.
Tomorrow we'll see wether I am up for another long stage. At the moment the visit by Sarah from Australia is a "pleasant dilemma": She is a top level international ultrarunner with long multiday races as her force. (Having won races in South Africa, Europe, Usa etc., and beeing good for around 1000km in a 10day race - she is no novice to put is lightly..). The dilemma is wether I will be able to keep up with her daily km-consumption the 3 weeks she is visiting !!
While I long, long ago when I was a young ultrarunner, could do similar things in competetion, then that is an era long gone for me, and with my 6. continent of world running beeing well on its way, I have to say that the ability to put away' large daily distances as usual dissepears on the other side of the 20 000km-mark. It happened on world run one, when I suddenly got "concrete legs" somewhere on my way across the Canadian praries, passing the round mark; and it happened again here in world run two passing the 23 000km mark despite a loong rest back in denmark (though doing races and training ofcourse) after the first ½ of the wr2 was completed reaching Cape Town.
... So, the experiment here is what happens when a top ultrarunner with fresh legs tries to run together with a slightly worn out world runner on his second lap ;-) Atleast she did a 10day race and a 1000km race as a worm-up earlier this season, so there is hope that it could have taken off the top of the "hunger for more kilometres" !