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: 30.0 km (Accumulated: 34602.0 km)
Elapsed time: 02:41:45
Start 10:56am., 09c, overcast & light wind, at cross of Village St. & Hwy.17 in North Heaven. Finish 13:59pm., 18c, half cloudy & same, at brown sign "Wesleyan Hills" on hwy.17.
Another day with running company !
Again today I was fortunate to meet another runner; a thing wich always picks me up' on the long runs across the continents: a week ago it was Arpan who ran with me on the Manhattan-stage, a few days ago I met the bare-foot runner, Rae, and today I much enjoyed the company of a young college runner.
Sarah, who is studying at Yale, in many ways reminded me of my own start in the sport; slowly moving the bar upwards for whats possible to do, beeing curious to learn all the aspects of the sport, and reading about 'the big guys' (Im not one of them btw., running around the world is a bit off the scale but soon it will be back to normal running w. the 6day race in New York City, 10days from now !).
While she ran with me I noticed the broad interest in a huge range of subjects - wich I think is common for the natural longdistance (ultra- ?) runner. You have to fill your mind with something while the miles roll on' :-) We discussed anything from politics, philosophy, rural life in Usa; african villages and tribe-culture ...and what to drink and how to streatch after running.
Meanwhile the miles did roll by ! Its been long since I have really had that feeling of the run "going by itself", but today it was effortless in good company and I was finished before I realised we had really begun :-) Sarah usually runs 7miles as her longest distance but when we counted up the mileage and re-checked/measured with the supportcar afterwards since the endomondo tracking system had made troubles today - it turned out the she had done twice her normal distance; 14miles. The more impressive since she picked up the pace the last miles before she wisely judged she had done enough for the day and I jogged along to collect the 4-5 km's up to a well-marked finish point.
It was a trill to see the mindset of a young longdistance runner and glimpses of the same kind of self-knowledge/pacing wich I remember made it possible for me to begin explore the distances beyond marathon on my training runs, back when I didnt realise there was something called "Ultrarunning" that went on outside little Denmark (by now, the ultra-sport is progressing strongly at home - another thing I take much joy in !!).
NB: Reg. the technicalities then it was as mentioned one of the days where the endomondo-system decided to throw me an extra challenge. It shut off twice during the stage and unfortunately I was very late in noticing it the first time (much too interesting discussion going on). So the track you'll see uploaded is 14.9km, 6.1km & 0.8km - amounted to a total of 22km tracked. By going back with the car (we anyhow had to take Sarah back to where she had joined the stage, 3 miles past my startingpoint), we could finally measure the stage properly. 30km was what it amounted to, where of Sarah had joined for 22km ! Not bad :-)
One could easily argue that 30km was another short day for my part - and I'd hugely agree ;-) But with the 6day race coming up I have since a few days back begun to do "minimum distances" to see if I can get some of the 34 000km out of the legs before raceday. Not likely; but one has to try !
Btw. the long back-log' of reports waiting to be uploaded are now online !! :-) The meeting with this young runner got some of my missing inspiration back and this also resulted in catching up with the web updates. I think that the Northern New York stages should hold some interesting pictures of the daily life in a part of this big city wich I dont think we see much of, atleast in what pictures and news that reach us over in Europe... (its the 5-7 April reports).