Monday, August 30, 2010

2 more days

So this morning I picked up my visa for Belarus and I am now ready to go. We fly on Baltic Air through Riga to Helsinki on Wednesday afternoon. I am not sure if I will have any internet access during the trip, but when I do I will post something. You can check out how I am doing here

Monday, August 23, 2010

Almost time to go

Today I picked up my visa from the Russian consulate, tomorrow I go by bus to Belgrade where I will get a visa for Belarus and in 11 days time I fly with 2 friends to Finland where we will join the final leg of this years World Harmony Run. Starting in Finland we go to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus. Before entering Russia via Smolensk and finish in Moscow late September. It should be quite an adventure. Not sure if I will have much internet access, but when I do I will try to post something.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New adventure

in a couple of weeks time I will be off on another leg of the World Harmony Run, actually the last leg of the European run. The run will end with a closing ceremony in Moscow on September 27. I need a visa for Russia and spent 2 days this week trying to get one. The invitation that my friends in Moscow sent me had some mistakes in it which were pointed out to me by the clerk at the Embassy here. He made a call and said they would fax a new one to them and I should come back tomorrow, which I did only to find out that the invite had not come. He made another call and I ended up waiting a couple of hours for it to eventually arrive. The staff at the Embassy treated me very well and I was most grateful. I should now get my visa on Monday and leave for Belgrade on Tuesday, where I will get a visa for Belorus, which does not have an embassy in Ljubljana. Then on September 1 I fly to Finland to start the run.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saturday 2 mile race

I have been managing to run the 2 mile race the last few weeks and gradually getting a little faster though not yet up to my times in New York. It was a little foggy with what felt like a slight drizzel. There were 3 of us at the starting line and I managed to post a time of 16:35. I have been experiencing some tightness and soreness in my lower back the last few weeks, but I am able to run without too much discomfort. I think it is improving but need to do a few more things to help it along.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Trans-Slovenia weekend

So on Saturday morning I got a ride out to the 3rd stage of the Trans- Slovenia Mountain Edition race where my friend was running. There was some tough mountain running and I got to do some of it with him. I also got to stay in the Youth Hostel where the race ended on Saturday night and where the runners and organizers stayed. On Sunday I got to share the running and helping duties with my friend Milan. The last 30Km or so of the final stage was on the same road as last years classic race so it was familiar to me and I liked the downhill section into Koper.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Trans-Slovenia mountain edition.

My friend Namitabha Aleksander Arsic is running in the Mountain Edition of the Trans Slovenia run I helped him last year in the Classic edition. I was not able to help him this time, but will be going out for the end of stage 3 today and plan to stay overnight and help on the 4th and final stage.You can check out how things are going or how things went here; Hopefully I will post something in a couple of days about the race.