World Run I / Reports
Distance today: 29.0 km (Accumulated: 24884.0 km)
29km, 2:25:33h. Excl. food, water, road-finding, toilet etc. stops
Time GMT - 6 hours
+23c, almost clear and light wind at start.
25c, half overcast and same at finish.
- Mr. Godale :-)
Today I had the privilege to run with one of the best American
ultra runners: Mark Godale from Ohio.
He had brought 4 other ultra runners with him this morning which meant that
it was an experienced group that turned out from East Greenville to Canton!
Actually I had met Mark Godale 6 years back, in Europe, in 1999 at the
World Championships at 100km in Chavagnes en Paillers in France. I remember
that he passed me at around 70km at high pace... This was my first 100km -
prior to that I had done about 16 years of competitive running on marathon
and shorter - and seeing this runner sweep past me at much faster speed
than the other runners in the pack I thought to myself "that is the way to
do ultra running" !
- So the next year at the world championships I had prepared with hard
speed-training on 50km loops and managed to do the same ting with only
about 1,5 minutes between the splits during the race (first 50km in 3:28
last in 3:29)... and getting a new national record by nearly half on hour
by that :-)
Little had I expected to meet this runner again 5 years later, in the Mid.
USA, for a Sunday jog during a run across the world, ... !!
Obviously there were a lot of running stories to share, news on the top
runners to catch up on, training issues, future plans etc. Much enjoyable
since I pretty much haven?t kept in touch with the competitive part of the
ultra running community (besides when I did the 6day race in Australia and
the 12hour invitational in Finland during the world run).
By the way I am a bit surprised by how little attention a runner like
Godale gets by the media over here. In my best opinion he and Scott Jurek
(also on the us national team on 100km) is the strongest ultra runners the
u.s. has had in a long time. The training and commitment it takes on that
level is on par with, if not above (!), what is required in most of the
main sports; yet many runners hardly know who they are. It would be lovely
to see a higher support to such talents!
During our run we had again excellent crewing by Mr. Will Huff from Canton
who will also crew me on tomorrow?s stage to Minerva. Will is part of the
mensa society and I got contact to him that way - so as you can imagine its
a competent force to have as crew :-)
Schedule to New York:
05/9 To: Minerva
07/9 East Liverpool
08/9 Cross of hwy. 30 # hwy. 18
17/9 Mc Connellsburg
20/9 Rest day
- All the above on Highway 30.
24/9 New Holland
30/9 Long Valley
03/9 New Jersey City
04/10 East Manhattan, New York City.
NB: At present I have a 3 day delay on the above schedule and the arrival
NYC probably will be around the 5. Oktober
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