Running made me free

 

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

Walking Meditation

“Bhikkhus, there are these five benefits of walking meditation. What five? One becomes capable of journeys; one becomes capable of striving; one becomes healthy; what one has eaten, drunk, consumed, and tasted is properly digested; the concentration attained through walking meditation is long lasting. These are the five benefits of walking meditation.”

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“Monks, these are the five rewards for one who practices walking meditation. Which five?

“He can endure traveling by foot; he can endure exertion; he becomes free from disease; whatever he has eaten & drunk, chewed & savored, becomes well-digested; the concentration he wins while doing walking meditation lasts for a long time.

“These are the five rewards for one who practices walking meditation.”

DNF – Did not Flow

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…

Apm

Yes ! I finished the allgau panorama ultra trail And look at the nice reward !

Despite the pain in my right knee I finished fit and happy. If it was not for the knee pain I could have been faster. Until km 55 all was good. But since I could not run downhill anymore the last 15 km took way longer then expected. Still proud to have finished even slightly faster then last time. I did not do any extra training for this race, just my basic 5/6 rounds a week of 10 / 17 km. Quit surprised and happy to see that my base condition is strong enough to run a tough race like this one.
The http://www.allgaeu-panorama-marathon.de/ Ultra is one of my favorite runs; realy well organized, nice and friendly staff, all very supportive, Also a great track with sometimes spectacular views. The 70 km distance is good to handle and the hight meters (3000!) make it hard enough but still do able.
This was the third time I participated in this race, and definitely not the last time.

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/