Friday, May 21, 2010

World Harmony Run

Tomorrow a few of us will drive from Ljubljana to the border with Croatia near Rupa. There we will receive the torch and will then combine with the International team to run to Postojna. Then due to a change in the schedule for Monday, the Slovenian team will try to cover the distance between Postojna and Ljubljana over the weekend. I hope to give a report of everything that will go on during the next week in my next post.

Friday, May 14, 2010

24 Hour World Championships

I stayed up most of the night and probably missed only about 5 hours of the live updates. I have friends on both the American and Italian teams, so I had a lot to look at. Congrats to Scott Jurek who got the indivual Sliver medal and set an American record in the process. My friend John Geesler, who I was running in a 6 day race with just a few weeks ago. Did not have such a great race, but still comes home with the team Bronze medal.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Self- Transcendence 6 day race

On April 19 I manged to fly out of Trieste airport in Northern Italy when the ash cloud that had closed it for 2 days moved and allowed my flight to take place. The airport was closed again the next day, so there you go. I arrived in NY an hour late and my bag arrived a day later after spending an extra day in Rome. I had 3 days to to get my stuff together which included recovering from a bad cold I had the previous week.
The race began a noon on April 23. it was a sunny, but not too warm day. Though I quickly got into my usual pattern of running and walking and sharing some news with fellow runners, I ended up with a first day total that was about 8 miles short of usual. On the evening of the second day the rain came and along with it my cold became bad again. For the next 3 days I pushed on as best I could, but found that my sleep breaks were longer than in previous races and my mileage was low. It sort of worked out that I was a day behind on my usual daily numbers, so that my final distance covered in 6 days was 222 miles. My total last year was 277 and this is about my average for 6 days. Anyway I have always felt it is not about the mileage, but more about the experience and once again I learned a lot about myself and many of the other people in the race. This is what multiday racing is all about.