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: 40.0 km (Accumulated: 31593.0 km)
Elapsed time: 03:46:39
Start 09:40am., 26c, humid, almost clear and light wind, at km-stone "73/4901" on hwy. 49. Finish 14:43pm., 40c, humid, a few clouds and same, at km-stone "113/4901" on hwy. 49.
A Goodbye to the Andes' !
During todays run I could slowly see the Andes Mountains to my right decrease untill they barely were more than foothills... Its been amazing to run next to them and have them as my 'naighbourgh' for 7000km.
First they little by little began to appear in the horizon after 3 months of running across the flat windblown pampas' of Argentina. I still remember the day when I saw the first white snow beaming' from the tops far far away to the West of me :-)) Then a month of running towards these inspiring peaks wich seems to call out' and draw one towards their cold valley's and passes, making the run easy and with a constant curiosity of when I would finally reach them !
And cold it was, running across the Cristo Redendor pass at 4km's altitude in order to reach Chile and the West Coast of South America, where I then had the Andes' on my right hand side for more than half a year through Chile, Peru, Equador and now finally Colombia.
I even celebrated my 40 year birthday there: at Lake Titicaca (the world's highest lake) sourrounded by their peaks to all sides.
I will Miss these mountains !
Christmas calendar, day 21:
Todays injury prevention advice is make sure you have pleanty of variation in your training ! There is probably nothing more counter-productive in reguards to achieving success as a longdistance runner than doing the same monotous type of training each day; and it certainly increases the risk of injuries as well ! Just as with the benefit of adding a bit of other sports to your training program, so does a huge variation in what kinds of running sessions you do prevent the over-use injuries wich comes from doing the same static type of training day in and day out and year after year.
Be creative and see if you can invent new ways to reach the same training effect in your runs !
You will probably enjoy the totality of the traing more too :-)
(Ofcourse, this is one of the main problems when doing a run around the world: while there is a fantastic variation in terrain and experienses from day to day, then its a bit harder to put a lot of variation into the running itself - for example speed-sessions and interval-training is something wich there after 10 000km - 15 000km not really is surplus of engergy to do. But... for example hill-training comes in quite naturally from time to time, as the first part of todays report suggests ;-)