“The crucial question refers to a direct question going to the core of a problem to expose the true intentions of the one that’s asked. It is usually uncomfortable for the one who’s being asked, for it demands a commitment which has so far been avoided.”
Easter Day, resurrection of Jesus Christ, in order to partake in the suffering of the son of god, meant for me marathon number 3. 7 other sport fans had the same idea. Heico acted, to retain an old custom, as Easter bunny and hid some Easter eggs for his kids in the snow-covered garden. A lonesome race awaited us. What a difference if you do not have anybody beside you that talks rubbish all the time and hangs behind at the supply points…
As it is called in ultra die-hard circles (where we really do not belong yet): double-decker. A double-decker is two marathons on two subsequent days. Ok, can’t be that hard, we have done the double marathon distance already, BUT: what if there is a break between? Every long distance runner knows the feeling after a depleting run – the day after you don’t wanna take another step. And exactly this feeling we want to overcome “pleasurably” in the near future. So what could be a better offer than doing a double-decker?
Political and governing parties like to yap after the first 100 days, what amazing things they have done. Well, we are no party but possibly, in a different way for sure, are as insane as these freaks. So we would like to state how we prepared for the Sinister7 in the last couple months. At least in our case something came out at the end. Yeah, let’s go then, huh.
Who does not know this? You get home from work in the afternoon, the dusk is not far away and the running shoes still want to be moved a bit. Quickly a coffee, and then the riddle starts already. Do you really want to run a 10km or the 20km round the Müggelsee? What for?
The Sinister7 is leading through the most isolated areas of the Rockies in Canada, that’s what we knew already. But what does that mean? Are we in the middle of Brehms animal life then or is it just like a cross country run of the central European kind? Among the recommended utensils that you should carry with are interesting things as pepper spray. In a face book group there are more thrilling details to find:
First of all that’s an unfamiliar idea, which is screaming for blisters in my head – a thing that I don’t really need on a 148km trail! After some theorization there are different options. One of them is on the hand, to change the shoes at the transition points, there are 6 of them. Furthermore we can carry a towel, get off the shoes at every river, dry the feet after crossing and get back in to the shoes again. It’s hard to know what to do, and a little question on the sinister7 face book group brought up some interesting impulses:
A neat event with a 10,5km round. All distances (quarter-, half-, three quarter- and a full marathon) are offered. So, something for everybody (where were you?). For us the marathon has been the desired object. We planned to benefit from the supply infrastructure and ran two extra rounds for a 63’er. An ambitious goal, because our 6 longest distances in our 12 year running history have been a couple participations at 100km Biel and at the Rennsteiglauf. After that there was a gap followed by several 50km events.
Vacations are something nice and so I used a bit of my time in Costa Rica to run. After a cute interval training of a kind that I’ve had never before: 5x30km on consecutive days, I granted myself a day off. This part we used for relocation to our next station. There we were on an outlying peninsula in the national park Corcovado. A wonderful coastal path led through the jungle, over beaches, across rivers and round cliffs. An ideal terrain to develop the trail skills at 35 degrees. The temperature invites you to start as late as possible, as long as you reach home before the dark. At night 75% of the local animals are active and quite a few are poisonous.
Or a little jubilee in the kingdom oft he white gold.
After our first underground marathon a couple years ago in Sondershausen, there was no doubt I never ever have to do something like this again. Been there, done that, it was interesting and that’s it. Well… There are so called friends, which like to surprise you every year with a registration for this event. How do you call these people? Maybe this kind of friendship needs to be questioned and put to test . In the meantime this happening is a fixed event at the end of every year as sure as death and taxes.