World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 40.0 km (Accumulated: 31553.0 km)
Elapsed time: 03:48:29
Start 10:02am., 31c, humid, almost clear and light wind, at km-stone "33/4901" on hwy. 49. Finish 14:59pm., 38c, humid, no wind and same, at km-stone "73/4901" on hwy. 49.
One of those stages where its simply a Joy from start to finish. There has been a lot of difficult days batteling the heat and humidity during the last 3 weeks ("difficult", though, is not the same a "bad" days ;-) however today it all came together in a 'perfect mix':
The nature, changing slowly as I ran through the day, from views towards the Andes w. cloud covered peaks, patches of dense rain-forrest, small rivers; villages w. a vibrant South American lifestyle (music at max' volume - christmas music blended with salsa & rumba' flowing out over the fields and the nearly empty highway); and the pace and strength of the legs and body in full balance - not tired, neighter "taking it easy". A Joy to be a Runner with a long road ahead on a day like this !
Christmas calendar, day 20:
Todays advise towards avoiding running injuries is to break the traning into smaller 'blocks'. Especially if you do a huge amount of training km's this can ease the impact on the body while still maintaining the quality of the training: By doing for example 2 training session per day instead of one compacted session you both allow the body to absorb the total training amount easier and thereby stand a better chance to avoid injuries - and, equally important, you at the same time train the body at "recovery speed" (the ability to quickly recover from a training session and be ready for the next) - wich again gives you a better chance at climbing further a step up in both training quantity and quality.
Ofcourse once in a while it is good to do single very long sessions to prepare the body and mind for the specifics of the longest competetions, but apart from that it can be wise to do many small sessions instead of a few bigger ones.
- A model of training I used through many years of competing at ultradistance :-) (Though, atleast in my experience, the max. amount of daily training sessions are about 3 sessions per day. Out of curiosity I experimented w. 4 training sessions per day many years ago - and that ends up leaving too little time to recover before the next training begins; though that doesnt meant it wont work for others; if they have time, oppotunity and strength to do it :-)
NB: The severe chafing problem I had through the last 2 weeks finally seems to be solved. Probably due to a mixture of both a bit lower humidity, so the clothes isnt soaked by sweat from a few minutes into the stages; and by changing to cotton clothes under the running pants (surprisingly this worked much better at decreasing the chafings/cuts to the legs. One would have expected that the syntetic technical running wear would be better in extreme humidity, but apparently not !).