24 hours

I have run today 26km, in a hilly forest trail. It took me 2 hours 30 mins. The longest training session so far. Last week I have clocked 104km in 6 days. And the monthly stats suggest that in the last 30 days I’ve run 22 hours and 240km. I will run more than that in the next few weeks. I am preparing for a new personal, physical and mental challenge.

24 hours running is relatively new form of ultramarathon running. It has started officially in Ottawa in 1989 and there is relatively few well-established events.

Why? Why would I want to run for 24 hours? ┬áI do not have any simple answer to this question. I want to go where I have not gone before. To see the edge of the “known” and have a peek “behind” the horizon line. I simply have no idea what it takes to prepare for 24 hour race, and I cannot possibly imagine of how it might feel to start, to run, and to complete a 24 hours run.

Can I do it? Certainly not at the moment. But hopefully I will be able to condition my body to the point of being able to do this. We will see.

Training require quite a lot of mental conditioning, beside the obvious physical aspects. Also, as a side-effect of all the running I am “forced” to spend long hours just with myself. With my thoughts, memories, imagination. There is so much happening in our lives, large number of events, rich details, thoughts, things that happen in our lives and they just pass, quickly. This time allows me to re-visit a lot of events, discussions, people, places, and spend time re-enjoying them.

The time of the year makes it enjoyable as I can stop and pick up blueberries, raspberries or even red currents along the running trails. Joy.

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