Category Archives: Spirituality
I have shifted the posts about the 2005/06 3100 mile posts from Blogspot to this account thanks to the wonderful technology available.
Also running has started to call again so i will keep track of events through the winter in preparation for next years Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race. Right now I am in Ottawa, Canada running alongside the Rideau River.
Thursday 22 February
It’s been a pretty good week so far running 1½ tired hours every morning and the last two days run for over an hour each afternoon as well. Last Sunday ran to Boquia again only this time I didn’t run up to Salento. I’m saving that treat for next week. The Boquia run is about 3½ hours or just under. I had a little water break at the store and spoke to the guy that works there. I didn’t hang about much this time though on the way back I completely ran out of gas and I realised I should have taken something to eat at the store. Half way back there was a tiny store and I got some Chito’s and some candy to see me home. The weather was really warm though not too hot but still humid.
With a generous allowance of 9½ minutes a mile I’m up to 80 miles at least tonight, leaving me two days to run 20 miles. As long as I take it easy and don’t get injured I should make it beyond the ton again this week. I’m still feeling really strong, not tired and the only sore spot is from a little thigh chafing.
Friday 23 February
It was raining again this morning when I left home at 8:30, though the worst of the rain fell earlier so it was just a persistent drizzle. Iâ€™ve been listening to my mp3 player the last two days â€“ my how the time flies. I kind of feel like itâ€™s cheating because when I get engrossed in the music I donâ€™t notice the laps at allâ€¦ duh. But the point is that running without the music teaches one how to deal with running 2Â½ minute laps for an hour and a half every morning. I experience all kinds of noises from my mind, subtle and not so subtle trying to influence my thinking and one cannot allow these things to have any input during the long races. It is not an option. During the race I listen to music sometimes if I get down at all. The songs I have are a range of moods but I have a few tracks that can pump me up again if needs be. Of course this is not the real answer but sometimes it can get me over the hump, so to speak. Especially when Iâ€™m tired. Later in the day. This reminds me of some super moments Iâ€™ve had late at night when some kind of ecstasy has flooded me with energy and I feel like I can run forever as fast as I want. Those moments are rare but will never be forgotten.
Anyway, the sun has come out and I can see blue sky for the first time in days. I also have to say that the mountains behind Armenia are awesome in their beauty and majesty. They rise fairly steeply and thereâ€™s always clouds around the lower peaks so the high peaks are invisible on a day to day basis. I have only seen the highest peak once or twice since Iâ€™ve been here. Iâ€™ll take my camera and try and get some shots and upload some photos for you all.
The second run was for just over an hour. The chafing was getting annoying so I didnâ€™t extend it too far and took a few photos of the hills to the North-East of the city. The sun was setting and so by the time I got to within a kilometre of home it was quite dark. It was rush hour though and kids were piling out of school and people were going to church and going home from work – the traffic was hectic.
Itâ€™s been a pretty good week so far running 1Â½ tired hours every morning and the last two days run for over an hour each afternoon as well. Last Sunday ran to BoquiaÂ again only this time I didnâ€™t run up to Salento. Iâ€™m saving that treat for next week. The
Boquia run is about 3Â½ hours or just under. I had a little water break at the store and spoke to the guy that works there. I didnâ€™t hang about much this time though on the way back I completely ran out of gas and I realised I should have taken something to eat at the store. Half way back there was a tiny store and I got some Chitoâ€™s and some candy to see me home. The weather was really warm though not too hot but still humid.
With a generous allowance of 9Â½ minutes a mile Iâ€™m up to 80 miles at least tonight, leaving me two days to run 20 miles. As long as I take it easy and donâ€™t get injured I should make it beyond the ton again this week. Iâ€™m still feeling really strong, not tired and the only sore spot is from a little thigh chafing.
Ran well this morning for an hour and a half. Knees groaned a bit at one point, not really sure whats going on there. Walked for an hour this afternoon but held off on the run. I want to see if this knee thing is going to persist. Met a guy who lives just up the road and he introduced me to a little stepwork he includes into his routine, 89 steps up and then down – thats definitely going to help.
An hour and a half in the warm morning at my ususal haunt was a happy occasion apart from some knee sensations. I think my weight is having an impact so I have to adjust by food intake for a while until things look a bit thinner.
I saw a few runners today, maybe three or four,Â bit of a crowd, relatively speaking.
Tomorrow I hope to run twice. I haven’t got to that point yet for various reasons. But I did walk for an hour this afternoon and that counts so things are looking up again.
Back in the Saddle
I left about 9 to jog around my local route but there was an event taking place with lots of people so I decided to run a loop up to the north of town and back. It was quite warm and humid again.
Running isnâ€™t very popular here in Armenia. I only saw one other person on the road. I took a slight detour off the main road near the university and I saw a large swimming pool with only two people in it and next to that â€“ a cinder track. There were maybe a dozen people there, not many at all. I have to see if I can use these facilities.
So I ran up to a roundabout that marks the end of Armenia, for me anyway and in the middle of the roundabout is a steam train. Big old machine painted black. I donâ€™t think there is a railway in Armenia so itâ€™s not something that was used locally.
Anyway the roundabout leads north to Pereira south, in to the centre of Armenia and east bypasses the north side of town. This route brought me home in 1:04. No sign of any problem though my knees were complaining more than they have for a while. I think my host is feeding me too well and with a week off running I probably gained something. But no problems is very good. Tomorrow weâ€™ll stretch it out again and see if 2 hours is ok.