Friday, February 15, 2008
The snow came on Tuesday, was followed by pouring rain on Wednesday, and yesterday the temps in New York City reached into the upper 40s. Today, we are supposed to get as high as 52 degrees. The good about all this is that it was a nice 32 degrees this morning for a short 5.12 mile run. The bad part is that the weather is changing again tonight. By the time I get out on the trails tomorrow (my first real long run since Rocky Raccoon), the temps are supposed to be in the low 20s, with a high of only 31 for tomorrow. If only I could control the weather.
If you haven't yet read Bob Gentile's post from Tuesday titled "A Must Have For YOUR Mental Strength Library!", check it out. It discusses the Mt. Cameroon Race for Hope, in which runners traverse over 10,000 vertical feet up a live volcano, one of the tallest on the African continent. The racers, mostly local farmers, compete for the equivalent of four years' salary, but to win they must overcome altitude sickness, temperature fluctuations of 50 degrees, and loose volcanic rock— many wearing only plastic sandals.
There is a newly released film about the event called "Volcanic Sprint". The film makers are back in Cameroon to film the 2008 event, and are donating running shoes to the local athletes in conjunction with the charity Soles for Souls. They will also make the first attempt to map the 30 year old race using Garmin and Polar satellite watches strapped to local runners (the results of which they hope to put on Google Earth).
If you haven't had a chance to read Bob's post on this event, make sure to check it out (he has posted a great video as well).
Posted by TonyP at 6:52 AM