Monday, September 24, 2007

Black Forest ice cream...



...greeted us at the finish line in the center of beautiful Sankt Georgen. Blue skies & views of pine covered hills from our gym windows give this place the first 5-star rating of the race. Diana's research just let me know that we're close to the birthplace of the cuckoo clock.

Today's mercifully short 34 miles was no major issue for anyone, though my feet continue to complain loudly about being tenderized for 9 hours a day.
Tomorrow Diana is still planning to run the stage. It will be a fun day, before we finally bring it home on Wednesday's final stage into Loerrach.

30 comments:

muna said...

Russ, you're doing great! This is the biggest comeback since the Rockets won the Championship in 1995. Since Bill Clinton won the election in 1992. Since Rocky went the distance with Apollo Creed. Enjoy your last days as victory laps for this stupendous performance. Best wishes to Diana for a great first ultra!

Wendy Pursch said...

We're all so proud of you for pushing through the pain. We think you're nuts -- but nonetheless, a hero. Can't wait to get you safely back home.

camgage said...

cuckoo clock.....huh, seems appropriate...

j.w.cohen said...

Pain shmain... Russell you're doing great. I personally can't fathom your accomplishment. Keep going!!!

Rafi said...

You're doing great, hang in there, you're almost done!

Amy said...

What a great day - ice cream and cuckoo clocks! Sending you energizing, non-sore vibes...(plus I'm visualizing you crossing the finish line.)

--Degner

karinm said...

Ice cream always makes things better! We're looking forward to greeting the conquering hero back here in Austin.

Michelle said...

Russ, you are doing a fantastic job!! I feel tired after reviewing your daily descriptions. What a great accomplishment. Look forward to seeing you soon. Now I will to take some of your motivation and get back to work:)

Michael Flores said...

Hang in there! You are doing great.

Jennifer Lambright said...

haha...I knew it was going to be Cam to make a joke about the Cuckoo
clock :-) Sending good wishes to you and Diana and everyone else who is running with you that you all finish strong! Great Job!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wishing you plenty of runner Zen moments! Catherine

Mike Clark said...

Great job to this point, the end is in sight now! Actually, the race has been pretty easy from my vantage point. ;)

randy phelan said...

Great job, Russ! Good luck to both you and Diana on the home stretch. Have fun!

Helen said...

You are amazing. You give new meaning to never give up.

Just two more days to go and you can put your sore tired feet up for a well deserved rest.

Stay strong for your final two days. Good luck to Diana tomorrow.

We miss you and are looking forward to having you back at Hoover's.

Anonymous said...

An amazing witness to the power of mind over matter. You've obviously lost your mind and your body no longer matters.

The dictionary term for that is is .... ultra runner.

Good for you.

Cheers,

Stuart

Anonymous said...

It is almost over. I have no doubt you will make it yet again. Truly inspiring but a bit crazy :)

Sally

Anonymous said...

I must say I agree with Cam and Stuart! And Helen because you are simply amazing -- what an inspiration. Shall we have ice cream for your triumphant return to the Hoov?
Run, Russ, Run!
Lynett

Colleen said...

Russ,
Loved your comments. It really must be bizarre...

I know why those kids wanted your autograph. Heroes really do come in all shapes and sizes. And most of us know one when we meet one. (That means you!)

Best, best,
Colleen

Anonymous said...

Hi Russ!

I'm so excited for you! :-) You're an inspiration to us all, and I wish you the best of luck.

Remember- pain is just weakness leaving the body. Keep pressing toward the mark.

Much success,
Wendy W.

Kristin Rodgers said...

Aloha Russ! I hope you know how much I admire you for pushing thru all the pain and especially for your strength & perseverance! You are truly an inspiration!!! Can't wait to welcome you home, but until then, keep on keepin' on. We are all cheering for you!!!

Anonymous said...

Russell, May the wind be at your back and the road all downhill these last two days. What an amazing accomplishment!!! Us mere mortals can't fathom why you'd put yourself through such a thing but know you'll be so glad you did and that you FINISHED! Congratulations -- Alex

Anonymous said...

You continue to amaze!Here's to the next few days being as smooth as possible!
MCL

Lori J. said...

You Can do it!!
We are believe in you and are proud of you!
You are our super hero!!!!

MikeW said...

You rock.
Everyday I come back to read your newest accomplishment and end up reading the last week's worth all over again.
You are amazing! Keep it up!

Chris Barton said...

You know, Switzerland's not all that big. We'll hold down the fort another few days if you want to keep going...

Marybeth said...

Amazing work! Thanks for the inspiration. Mb

Valerie said...

Hi Boss,

Keep those endorphins flowing!

I'm ready to wheel you around the office when you get back.

Chers!

Val

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm Jessica Dodson, John Dodson's daughter. I think it's awesome what you are doing. It must be horribly painful at times, but it's amazing that you can keep going.

Good luck for the rest of your run.

-Jessica.

Anonymous said...

Russ,

You are truly amazing and yes, everything does looks better with ice cream! I follow you every day & am so proud of you!

Teri

Anonymous said...

Uh, oh, don't become one of those train wreck celebrities -- keep your panties on.

Congrats, RS, it's all down hill from here. You da man!

Beth