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"Schwerkraft ist die Kraft, die einem fehlt, um den schweren Körper leichtfüßig einen Hügel hinauf zu bewegen."

Tobias Lagemann

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  • Spirit :-)
    Jespers Tagebucheintrag vom 15.06.:

    2005.06.15. [Morris; cross of Hwy. 75 South & Hwy. 23] - [Emerson; sign on the US side of the CAN - US border at Interstate 29, North Dakota: "Entering Customs Area", half a kilometre before mile-marker 216 on Interstate 29].

    41km, 4:14:53h. Excl. food, water, road-finding, toilet etc. stops
    Total 22693km.

    Start: 10:28am - Finish: 17:26pm. - Time GMT - 7 hours

    +18c, almost clear and light wind at start. 24c and same at finish.

    - Spirit :-)

    After yesterdays "horror in the rain" ;-) there was finally one of those
    enjoyable days which makes it very much worth the effort and hardship.

    Besides lovely weather I had two interesting meetings: 10km into the run I met the "Ecole d' St. Jean-Baptiste" in the small town Jean-Baptiste, here my host of two days ago, Guy, teaches. He had assembled the students in their lunch break and I told them about the run, the stories from different continents and countries and about the friendship experienced there!

    It was a very rewarding meeting also for me :-)

    Later on, after - surprisingly easy - having passed through the US customs, I was met by my American host for tonight, Charlie, who after the finish drove me to his home in a 50house town nearby. He and his family has a big farm there and I got a interesting insight in that part of life!

    At evening there was an invitation to attend a meeting in a church-community nearby and for me being allowed to gain insight in the religion is a big part of experiencing different countries. The assembly was a youth-group from the farmland communities who was in the middle of a rock-inspired session. Eventually I was encouraged to tell a little about what had brought me to North Dakota... Very interesting.. :-)

    Again it was also for me much rewarding. As those who have followed this run probably know, I have suffered very much with the hardship of the totality of the run as miles piles on top of thousand of other miles.

    Speaking with a religious circle of people I came to remember how big a part inspiration and spirit play in being able to do what I am doing day after day. And albeit I don?t consider my run religious in the traditional sense, I do think that "spirit" plays a vital role.

    I suddenly realised that what I am struggling with most of all in this phase of the run is the spirit of running - the inspiration to go on running hours and hours out on the highways - and seeing a meaning and even a joy in it; even when its extremely hard.

    I think that "spirit" is very central for most runners, only we don?t usually think of it or realise it. Running long distance is, perhaps mainly, a state of mind. And its important to every once in a while to remember what is the quality of that - and what is the inspiration which lies within it :-)


    (17.06.2005, Steppenhahn)


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