Gear

Gear used for a 70k ultra trail run with 3000 vertical meters in the German Alps.

  • 1 package Peronine food (used at at km 40)
  • Tape and emergency stuff.
  • Sun cream
  • Wett toilet paper
  • Walking sticks
  • 2 small 0,5l water bottles
  • Buff
  • ultra light Rain jacket

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/

Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human

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.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/running-books-jogging-health-science/

Ultra running

“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

Why you should explore solitude

Sahara

Silence and solitude are lost cultural phenomenons, spaces which needs to been explored and used. I am fascinated by silence and solitude. Fascinated by that what happens to the human spirit, its identity and personality, when the talking stops and ventures out into emptiness.

Some people are frightened of those who desire and aspire to be alone. For them solitude can be threatening and they recognize it as not social. They feel that someone who wants to be in solitude is somebody who does not take social responsibilities. Someone who does not conform to their standards. And so being unacceptable in social forms.

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” ― George S. Patton Jr.

But the truth is different. Someone who deliberately explores his live, who explores the world and the connection with it, in solitude, is someone who learns to be self dependent and will develop a strong self esteem. There is no number of friends, contacts or connections that can make you into a stronger independent person. Being in solitude will deeper consciousness of oneself and it will give an increased sense of freedom. Which will lead to an independent-minded, self thinking, reflective person. These qualities will make someone a valuable team player. Someone who can take social responsibilities, without being pressured by a herd mentality. Someone who feels free and independent of principle, or conscience. Someone who is not afraid to think different and use creativity to solve lifes issues. A person who is free from social peer pressure to conform and being able to think and act for himself, rather than be under the influence of group-think. This in contrary to those who conform. Those who need to consume more and more, and whose lives are influenced by group thinking and standardized.

“Sheep only need a single flock, but people need two: one to belong to and make them feel comfortable, and another to blame all of society’s problems on.” ― James Rozoff

I am part of society, have a family life and run a business, still I take my time to go away from all this. I spend regularly a few hours or a longer period in solitude. It helps to deal with social pressure, it helps to reorder the mind and it cleans the soul. I practice my solitude in running, especially on longer runs. Then I am several hours on my own and far away from everything. There, being mindful, being one with motion and breathing, there I find these powerful moments of solitude and stillness.

Try it, and feel what I mean. It can change your life.

Warning

If you are reading this, then this warning is for you: Every word you read of this useless print is another second off your life. Don’t you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can’t think of a better way to spend these moments? Are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all that claim it? Do you read everything you’re supposed to read? Do you think everything you’re supposed to think? Buy what you’re told to want? Get out of your apartment. Move away from your screen. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Go out and fuck, move, run, breath in. Define your character. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it’s all about. Find out what you’re made of and what you’re capable of. Test and define your character. Be who you are and not that copy of a copy of a copy. It’s all in your head. Be without mind. Explore solitude. Take away all clutter and distraction. Don’t try to blend into the world. Be on fire. Do not conform or live a life of false consistency. Be silent, be god, be a devil. Claim your humanity, prove you’re alive. Don’t become a statistic. You have been warned.