Recently I got inspired by this poem and I want to share it with you:
What is Success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
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“Somebody behind me is gasping wheezily. The branches are beating my calves and face, the stones splattering from under my shoes. I hear the voice of tens of feet. Around me the woods and the darkness. High in the beech branches, the flashing moon.
I stumble – hands forwards, face up. Falling down for a moment, the jump to my feet immediately, for I hear a scurry of feet behind me. How many are they? I don’t know. I dash to escape them. It is too narrow to look back. The light of the headlamp barely diffuses through the dusk.
Faster, faster. You can’t stop now. Ahead still 70 kilometers to run.” Read the rest of this entry »
I am prepared thoroughly both physically and mentally. Also my organizational preparation is close to perfect. I am ready for every eventuality and can’t await the race to begin. For months I have been visualizing me reaching the finish line of “100km del Sahara” desert stage foot race, my first ultra marathon if you like. I have been training heavily in every possible weather conditions and now it’s time to “check the cards.” Read the rest of this entry »
Hotel reception desk in Seoul. I want to check in after a long, two-day flight from Germany.
“Your passport Sir, please”, says Grace, an attractive receptionist with a strong, Korean accent.
“Sure, here we…oh shit, where is it?”
This is the moment where I realize I have lost my passport in a giant 10-million-people city, 10,000 kilometers away from home, in a country whose language I can’t speak, and whose scripture is incomprehensible for me like the enigma code. Read the rest of this entry »
I have been planning to compete in the Spartan Race for some time. It is kind of an obstacle run with many walls to be jumped over, many hills, ropes and rope ladders to be climbed, ditches and rivers to be crossed and other more and less treacherous obstructions to be overcome. After running several ultra marathons I felt I needed another challenge, which would make it necessary for me to do more strength workout instead of losing more and more muscle substance with long distance running only. After some time of “getting used to the idea”, the choice fell on the Spartan Race in Spain, Saint Augustin near Madrid.
I have to confess: I wasn’t prepared nearly as good as I was for my ultra marathons in the past. Due to numerous (mainly health related) problems in the preceding period, I actually wasn’t able to do any of the needed strength workout and I only sporadically could do running training. You can see it in my “curves” on the video below. Maybe I didn’t take the competition too seriously, since it definitely looked less serious to me than any of my ultra marathons, although some of the participants told me completing Spartan Race was the greatest achievement of their lives.
The moment of truth came in May 2016. The fate made me a surprise in order to toughen it up a little bit. Read the rest of this entry »