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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: 34182.0 km)
Elapsed time: 03:45:26
Start 10:05am., 05c, clear & light wind, at green roadsign "Philadelphia 67" on hwy.40 in Aberdeen. Finish 14:21pm., 16c & same, at cross of hwy.896 & hwy.40.
- Since Florida a couple of thousand km's ago its been rare that I have company on the stages, but today was one of those memorable days where another runner joined me on the road :-)
It always lifts the spirit when you are not alone but able to share your running; I think no matter wether its to share your daily training, a race or steps of the way running around the world.. Today the company was short, about one and a half mile; but on the other hand very inspiring: Phil, who is a local runner in his late 60'ties, heart-attack survivor and busy race-organisor (www.survivorrun.com) met me at the start and ran with me the first hills out of Aberdeen towards Philadelphia. Not only did he not let his heart-attack stop him for continuing his long career as a runner; during our short run I also learned about his commitment to working for the local community; driving elderly to their daily appointments etc. Very inspiring and certainly positive to see how the "Can Do" spirit here lives in both big and small matters !
I think some may have noticed that running through Usa has been more of a tough experience this time, compared with the amazing impressions during my 2005 run across this continent as part of the first world run - but its important to be aware that there is many positive moments like todays first mile and interesting lifestory and meeting with Phil !
Indeed the entire 40km was a very good experience today. The weather beautifull and crisp after a night with freezing temperatures (reminding of Scandinavia, on the other side of the globe :-), not as bad traffic as usual/fairly good room next to the road. Even an experience with getting stopped by the highway police as I ran across a bridge wich I have to agree was definately too dangerous for anything other than cars - turned out to be a pleasant encounter as the officer switched on the lights and drowe in front of me to keep the rest of the 'bridge-running' a safer experience :-) Thank You !!
Overall, I guess its also a matter of what you focus on: the many obstacles that you meet, or the many positives. Wether in life or when running across the continents. The first will eventurally stop you in your tracks. The other will bring you forward.
NB: The expected over-view timeline for the next streatches of the run is:
30. March, Philadelphia.
2-4. April, New York City.
14. April, Boston.
18. April, Portland.
22-28. April, SCMT 6 Day Race, New York (restdays from world run 2). Resuming the wr2 where I left after the race.
08. May, Bangor.
15. May, The Canadian Border.
- The reports 23-25. March will be uploaded soon. At present its a bit hectic preparing for the run from Philadelphia into New York/Manhattan, so logistics will have to take priority untill I have this streatch properly planned in its details. The gps-track from all stages is ofcourse avaliable as always: www.worldrun.org/Endomondo.php