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: 28.0 km (Accumulated: 34894.0 km)
Elapsed time: 02:29:00
Start 13:35am., 20c, clear & light wind, at mile-marker "0.4" on hwy.1 in Seabrook, half a km after mile-marker "86" on hwy1 and the state border to New Hampshire. Finish 16:30, 24c & same, at cross of hwy.103 & hwy.1, in Portsmouth.
On the road again !
After four restdays following the surprisingly difficult run w. the 20kg backpack my support-driver Alexander Hamlin arrived. Alex is one of those persons who has had a very positive impact on this second world run - as each run develops, world run one and world run two, inevitably some persons become vital to the success of the run or come into the run at critical phases of it.
And as Phil Essam was cucial for the logistics working out in world run one, as well as Peter Grey for driving support across the Nullabor Desert or Alexander Korotkov for joining me on the run across Siberia (without a local runner there is No chance I would have made that part of wr1 !); so Alex has been one who has played a very positive part in world run two. First driving the support-car as well as video-filming on the remote streatches 3000km up through Chile; and now by meeting up and offering to drive the support-car during the next two months to the finish at New Founland in Canada, by mid-July.
Its hard to underestimate the impact of the help from this young american, and while I have had many less-than-positive experienses and impressions here from my second run through the contry (the 'spirit' appeared much more positive back in 2005 - but it was also a considerably better period economically for the contry wich seems to be struggeling now) ... Then individuals like Alex, the ultra-running community down in Florida, the ultra-running veteran Arpan, the barefoot-runner Rae - make it a balanced impression where individuals stand out in an elseway hard section of the run.
A lot of gratitude to those people without who runs like this wouldnt be possible !
The run itself was short today, 28km's but atleast back to normal pace :-) I was, though, surprised by how much muscular tiredness there was still left in the thighs/lower front side of the thighs. I cant remember when I've last had this much muscular tiredness and even the recent 6day race doesnt come close. So its definately an interesting thing to note how specific the body get adapted to this kind of running: do 6 days of 100km's - and it doesnt bring much more muscular tiredness than usual in the world runs. Do 3 days of running short distances w. 20+ kg on the back - and the legs, achilles tendons and back is in serious problems ! But I guess that is what 4 years of world running does to the body's adaptation. And I can guarantee that I wont set out to see wether 4 years of running with a back-pack will change that ;-)
I am very happy and gratefull that I am now ready to proceed towards the finish with normal running, hopefully in a few days back to a little bit longer daily distances once the legs have fully recoved from the effects of this "back-pack esperiment" :-)