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: 50.0 km (Accumulated: 30993.0 km)
Elapsed time: 04:53:21
Start 09:00am., 29c, extremely humid, overcast & no wind, at green city-sign "La Dorada" on hwy. 50 to Bogota. Finish 15:19pm., 38c, extremely humid, half overcast & no wind, at km-stone "79/45-10" on hwy. 45 North.
One of the most heat-humidity difficult stages I've had atleast since Africa. The temperature was not extreme, it never got above 40c, but with a humidity which after a short but strong tropical rainfall was in the high 90'ties - it fealt as if I was running through a turkish steambath during the last 20km of the run.
But this wont stop me from bringing you the next 'chapter' in the christmas calender ;-) I know its perhaps not the most advanced advice, but it has worked well for me the last 27-28years of longdistance running :-)
Christmas calendar, day 5:
Streatching has always been a debated subject. Some scientific research find that it does give a plus in preventing running injuries, other doesnt. I for certain wouldnt claim that its a 100% sure way of preventing injuries, though I have enjoyed doing the elementary streatching exercises since I took up running. Streatching itself may not make much of a difference (though personally I do feel a positive difference, compared w. if I dont streatch before and after the run for a number of days, in wich case I get a bit more stiff and prone to sore tendons). Yet, reguardless wether its effective or not, it Is effective in giving you a little 'break' between whatever you have been doing before you put on the runningshoes and the run itself. Mayby you come from a stressed day at work, or from an intense situation with your children, or a hasty errand of shopping; no matter what - taking 5 minutes where all you focus on is you legs and upper body, how they flex gently, streathing each main musclegroup and holding the streatch for a few seconds.... Make for an excellent oppotunity to get into "running mode", relax and get ready to put all your energy into todays run !
In my oppinion the best quality about streatching is not wether or not it prevents injury, but that its a down-to-earth way for us to 'meditate' for a brief moment and summon both our calm' & energy :-)
And that - I think can prevent injuries !