Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Back in the game!



Well, the karmic influence of all those wonderful messages, plus a stern talking to by Coach Diana, got my sorry body out of bed at 4am, & onto the start line by 6am. The cold, lashing rain was a delightful touch!

At least I could run again today, albeit very slowly. Doubling up on anti-inflammatories (Vitamin I - sorry, kidneys) seemed to help. A relatively 'short' but very hilly 40 miles took me ages to complete, but at least some progress.

Just before the finish, we crossed a huge, wide open field. There, right by the road, was an old disused East/West checkpoint tower. Quite a spooky bit of history.


Back to 50 miles tomorrow - fingers crossed stilll.

42 comments:

Other Russ said...

As my coach and mentor said...'woo-hoo!' Congratulations on pushing on!

Rob L. said...

Nice. You really are something else. All best for tomorrow, hopefully not so hilly...

Jennifer Lambright said...

Go Russell Go!!!!
Keep up the good work.
We're all rooting for you!

Susan Elliott said...

Go Russell, Go! We (the best Hoover's trainers) are cheering you on every step of the way.

Lori :) said...

HI, Russell!
Kick some ass!!!
You can do it!!
G1, BABY, G1!!!!

Ryan C. said...

Congrats on making it

Anonymous said...

The "Iron Man" of Hoover's does it again! Way to go, Russell. May the wind be at your back for the next few days.
--Paul G.

Ryan C. said...

I guess I should finish my thought before I hit publish! Congrats on making it through the day. I hope you continue to get well. Best wishes, keep it going!

Kyle said...

Very Nice!!! as they say in Germany..."Unterhalt, der an tuckert"....or "Keep Chugging on"!!

Rafi said...

Great job bouncing back! Keep it up!

mark p said...

Nice one.

Tim said...

Mind over matter, Russell! Way to go! I figure you're juuuuuust now hitting your stride on this race. ;)

Tim W.

Valerie said...

Super Russ strikes again! I'm going to start calling you the Bionic Man.

Anonymous said...

Way to go!! May the rest of the way be all downhill ;>)
Lynett

Anonymous said...

Awesome Russell...you are amazing!! What a wonderful surprise to read your post today. Hope you have a great run tomorrow! -Ann

Anonymous said...

You did it! Congrats, Russ on getting up at 4am and running all day. (Most around here don't even pull into the parking lot until 9am!) I'm willing you wings for your hobbit feet. --Degner

Lewis D said...

You are amazing. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Maybe slow and steady does win the race, Russ. Hang in there! Catherine

Karthik said...

Great job Russ...Maybe we can have the organizers hand out some German beer at the startline to motivate people to get there everyday!? i'm sure it will ease the pain too...and as always Remember the Mantra!!!

karinm said...

Kewl!
Glad to hear you're still in the game.
Rock'n'run!

The Ogden's said...

Sweet! Great job!

Helen said...

Woo hoo! What a great post to read. Way to go boss! Here's hoping you've caught your stride and your days will be easier (and sunnier).

Anonymous said...

You are our Hero! If you can run 800 miles. I can survive SFDC.

"Sport is not about being wrapped up in cotton wool. Sport as about adapting to the unexpected and being able to modify plans at the last minute. Sport, like all life, is about taking risks."
- Sir Roger Bannister

Good Luck tomorrow! Suzanne

Anonymous said...

Great news Russell! Glad to hear you're toughing out another day. We're all feeling your pain and admiring your fortitude... or do they call that stubborness. Either one will do. -- Dave L.

muna said...

Holy cow, another 40 miles in the bank! Awesome work, Russell! GO GO GO!

Anonymous said...

Good job Russell! I am bragging about you to my friends. No one believes what you are doing is even possible.
Dallas G

Anonymous said...

In the words of Rudyard Kipling,

"If you can keep some toenails and some body parts while all around are losing theirs, you'll be a ultrarunner...."

Or something like that.

Cheers,

Stuart

Amy said...

Move confidently in the direction of your dreams.

Kathy said...

Keep it up Russ! I hope someone is there to give you a wet towel during your runs like you have done for me :)
Kathy (Rogue Running Marathon Training)

Anonymous said...

South Texas is cheering for you, Russ!

Kami

Zack said...

El Hombre!

Anonymous said...

LETTSSS GOOOOOO!!!

way to go. getting up in the morning is half the battle. i know. i'm in college.

-rob

Slaire said...

Great hearing from you today, you sound tired but determined...You have just about crested the hill, just 2 more tough long days and then the rest will seem like a "piece of cake"!!
Stay strong we know you can do it..
Love ya Claire

Erin said...

Way to go Russ! Phil & I are cheering for you! :)

Leah said...

Oh, I'm so glad you're still in the game. Take care of yourself and enjoy the journey.

Leah

Bill E said...

Russ, you are amazing. With those Monday physical symptoms, I was sure you had been in one of our forecast meetings.

With that said, we are very proud of what you are doing. Keep the faith. Canada is cheering you on.

Chris Huston said...

Well done, Russell! Way to get stuck in there! Let's see old Titchmarsh do that, then! The lads in '66 would be proud.

Cheers 'n' that,
Chris

Anonymous said...

Russ - never a doubt in my mind that you wold get back out there & kill that course.

Also would you mind stopping next time you see one of those towers and ripping a few planks off & strapping it to your back....I think they would look good with my bits of the Berlin Wall I have at home.

I guess after the run you could swim over here to Hong Kong to cool off & deliver the planks

cheers
Raife

crabby said...

Dude, you're awesome. Buy you a couple of beers when you return. Keep up the good work...swollen ankles ain't crap, all of us old ladies get them ;)
Keep pushing.
Cathy Bridge

Anonymous said...

Go Russ Go! Canada (ok, well maybe just the D&B office here) is cheering you on! Keep it up!

Drew, Bill, Adam, Peter and Gurpinder

Anonymous said...

Russ!
What an inspriation you are! I am so impressed! Congrats on your accomplishments...Keep going-you are amazing!
Teri

Anonymous said...

Way to go Russ. Germany's almost conquered and the Russian's are getting nervous! Tracy S.