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: 44.0 km (Accumulated: 31160.0 km)
Elapsed time: 04:22:14
Start 08:45am., 26c, overcast & no wind, at km-stone "66/45-11" on hwy. 45 North. Finish 14:42pm., 36c, very humid, cloudy & no wind, at km-stone "110/45-11" on hwy. 45 N.
As you could see and read yesterday the central part of Colombia which I am currently running through on my way Northbound has been hit by severe flooding.
Also today there were many sad sights of farmlands under watner along the highway 45. Colombians' appear to have a strong ability to 'rebound' after hardship and I am sure they will also be determined to work their way back to the progress lost out in some of the small villages. One of the things I've been surprised to see when running through this friendly and very diverse contry has been how well it seems to be doing economically ! The average person seems to be better off and the infrastructure similarly better than that of both Equador and Peru.
And no... It doesnt look like the main economic input is coming from 'suspect' sources. When I see the big city life as well as life as its lived in the mid-size cities and all the way out to the small villages and settlements - the will and effort is there to make things happen and to make a business even where it seems unlikely. And not many signs of the "danger" or instability I had come to expect from the main media back home in europe.
Certainly a great place to run, even with its daily torrentous downpour of rain and the sauna-like humidity !
Christmas calendar, day 9:
Todays injury prevention advice is as short as its simple and effective:
Allthough longdistance running probably is one of the most training demanding sports one can do, especially if the goal is to win races or complete ½marathons, marathons or ultra distances, then rest is an essential part of the training, even at elite level. Its a common thing missed when beeing eager to quickly reach new goals or climb up in the races or set new personal bests's - that the rest is actually the part where the body becomes stronger. If you dont give it enough time between training sessions to rebuild and improve itself; then you'll get injuries instead of personal best's !
NB: The reports are a bit delayed at present since the internet/wi-fi connections are long between out here on a remote 300km streatch of the highway. But who can blame the locals for having other worries than wi-fi and computers !! I'll try to catch up within a few days as I should begin to reach more populated areas and the daily distances will be posted a bit more up-to-date via the endomondo gps-tracker I run with to document the run: