Here comes the last update from our vacation. In Russia we first were taken to a beautiful place, called Veles which is located close to several towns from "The Golden Ring of Russia" -- Vladimir, Suzdal, etc. There we spent 3 days, lucky with beautiful weather and, of course, the pictures are on-line. The last 4 days we were in Moscow (well, close by, in Mytishci) staying with the family and seeing friends. Here is the slide show.
It was beautiful and I really loved the experience. Being unable to push it as much as I wanted (because of the injuries) I enjoyed it also as a scenic hike and had plenty of time to look around enjoying the views.
Jungfrau Minirun was held a day before Jungfrau Marathon. Michael decided to try it out and it worked out really good: he managed to enjoy himself even in the rain (he was lucky to have no wind, though). The results are online too (5:02 time for bib number 1466).
The slideshow is online as well as two video clips: mine and official one.
We are back! The vacation was intensive: we traveled to Switzerland and Russia. First stop was for Jungfrau Marathon were I participated in the marathon (race report will follow) and Michael ran "Jungfrau MiniRun" -- 1km in 5:02! Then we hiked in the region (also going up to Jungfraujoch -- "top of Europe") . After that we stayed for a couple of nights with our friends in Zurich and left for Russia.
The next stop was "Veles": a fairytale location in the woods in the area of the Russian "Golden Ring". Finally we had just 3 days in Moscow to see family and friends. Time flied... More details and the pictures will follow soon (hopefully!)
Weekend morning run this Saturday was kind of special, so I'll leave a note here even nobody but me will look at it twice ;-)
It was a slow and long run (45 km, which took me almost 5 hours) that began a half hour before the sunrise and was finished with sun shining and temperatures well above 20 degrees (celsium).
The plan was to have a relaxed run with some noticable elevation gain, but I've changed a route a bit to visit a nice looking trail I have not tried. It was well worth the trouble: a couple of doe was crossing the trail, probably going to the creek close by and I had pleasure to watch them disappearing into the forest. I've slowed down (as if I were fast before :-)...) and studied the place they disappeared at...
Just a few minutes after, I was surprised by a different couple: this time they were short-toed eagles! they were really close to me, not more than 5 meters and I had a chance to have a good look at them... I saw more of their kind later and also the reason they were out: hunting snakes. The snake I met (well, it just crossed the train and I jumped over it, even without saying hello) was not a small one and luckily it was not interested in me.
I had a few more encounters which are more or less common in our area: cows, bulls and calfs running from me; red fox; and a lot of white storks... oh, yes and after 8 oclock there were cyclists and hikers...
On my way home it was getting hotter and I was out of water with 4 km to go, so I stopped by the stream (a beautiful part of Nahal Shofet near Ein HaEmek) and cooled my feet in the water...
Thus I have got home tired and happy after 5 hours out ...
The link to the route can be found on MotionBased site.
Just for the sake of change it is going to be a loo-o-ong post and not really family oriented -- feel free to skip it ;-)
This is my first try at a race report that covers my second official race (here is the first one) and my first ultra -- 80km run. It was a trail running event (defined as a "cross country adventure race") organized by Carin Goldblatt and her company Pro-sport. The elevation profile of the race looks far from boring (see below).
This Saturday we had a very beautiful walk along the stream near our place ( see pictures at KodakGallery ). The weather was hot and sunny -- real summer! and after two weeks of rains there was plenty of water in the streams. Flowers were plentiful and colors were well represented... In a few word we enjoyed it a LOT!