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: 80.0 km (Accumulated: 30000.0 km)
Elapsed time: 08:07:27
Start 06:38am., 11c, rain & no wind, at km-marker "Km 115" on hwy. E35 to Colombia. Finish 17:28pm., 14c, allmost overcast & light wind, at km-marker "Km 195" on hwy. E35 to Colombia.
More later - at the moment its time to Celebrate this milestone in world running and to get some rest. 80km was a good challenge in the very hilly/mountanious terrain here in Northern Equador. I had EXCELLENT support by Reino from Finland and Wilmer from Peru through the whole stage. What more can you then do than put in the effort and make it to the mile-stone, which I reached exactly at the end of todays run :-)
As you can see there are a lot of pictures from todays stage. I appologize if a fair share of them are not the most insteresting of sceneries but instead documentation pictures... The reason is that the Endomondo system for gps-tracking of the run has been working poorly the last few days and today it was more or less useless. As my gps-phone at the same time refused to recharge overnight I found myself w. too little battery-time to document the whole stage (it took more than 10hours to run including rest/food/navigation stops). Sometimes you just have those days where everything technical goes &%¤#, and that is very unfortunate when doing a long stage like this.
- The main thing ofcourse was to find the best solution under the given circumstances. Luckily Reino from Finland had an extra Nokia phone with him which he immideately suggested that I use. (Thanks :-)), It didnt have gps-tracking ability, so instead I took a picture for approximately every km of the run as the 2.best solution when not having gps-tracking. And as there were km-markers through the entire run - also a pic. of them every 10km to precisely locate the pictures visually.
A bit of "overkill" in documentation perhaps. But it has its reasons:
When doing a long stage like this its imperative to have the documentation in place and done right; all the way. There are sad examples of runners who has tried to 'produce' run's across continents without doing all the distance. The main example ofcourse beeing Robert Garside who about 10years ago was caught fabricating logbook entries when beeing somewhere else than out on the route (Guinnes world records solution was to bypass the main expert in ultrarunning, Andy Milroy, and overlook the lack of credibility, a good example of the difference between serious sport and "entertainment industry" ;-) Fortunately the 'runners' who tries to cheat their way into world running are few and without exception they never have a solid background in ultrarunning, so its normally easy to spot when something is not "quite right".
Im sorry for all these technicalities. But run's of this nature are in principle very difficult to prove so its important that the documentation is there, everyday - and avaliable for all to check :-)
I hope to have the endomondo system and gps-tracing online in a day or two (at the moment this is my main priority). Once that is done I'll do the 30 000km report, making an overview of how the 3 years & 30 000km of running has affected the body and mind, as well as comparing the main experienses and highlights of the continents the run have passed straight through so far: Scandinavia, Western-Europe, Eastern-Europe, Middle-East/Arabia, Africa and South America.
If all goes well our small team will run across the border to Colombia the 9. November. Then another cultural experiense awaits, I am sure :-)