Running made me free. It rid me of concern for the opinion of others. Dispensed me from rules and regulations imposed from outside. Running let me start from scratch. It stripped off those layers of programmed activity and thinking. Developed new priorities about eating and sleeping and what to do with leisure time. Running changed my attitude about work and play. About whom I really liked and who really liked me. Running let me see my twenty-hour-hour day in a new light and my life style from a different point of view, from the inside instead of out.
Endurance Running: A Socio-Cultural Examination edited by William Bridel, Pirkko Markula, Jim Denison
Did not finish.. Did Not Flow… unfortunately I had to quit at km 76 / 14 H. Why? Blisters, extremely tired and lost motivation to deal with the pain. Until km 60 all went very well, after that every following km became a challenge.
I could not keep myself motivated, could not find or get into my flow. DNF. But there is always a second chance…
Gear used for a 70k ultra trail run with 3000 vertical meters in the German Alps.
I will run on my trusted inov-8 shoes, carry the stuff in my Mammut Ultra light backpack. Salamon pants, inov-8 shirt. Salamon trail running socks.
Next stop: http://www.allgaeu-panorama-marathon.de/
I want to be able to keep running as free and democratic as possible. I run because it gives me far too much that I couldn’t possibly not. It makes us more intelligent, de-stresses us, and makes us fitter. It gets us away from technology, allows our brains to rest, and encourages creativity. Running can be all that.
Running is not just a sport. It reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live, breaking down our increasingly structured and demanding lives. It allows us to feel the world beneath our feet, lifts the spirit, allows our minds out to play and helps us to slip away from the demands of the modern world.
“Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of spaceships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being – a call that asks who they are …” – David Blaikie