Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Cast off !

Training stats
Tu 20/03: slow jog, 10K, 1:06 hrs

Good news from the doc. He allowed me to take off the cast. One week earlier than expected! Less nice his answer was when I asked him whether my arm will get as fit as it was before the accident. Okay, I will work on it. Runners don't give up early.

Yesterday I accompanied fellow runner U along a short part of his 4th stage of a long-dictance-run. U is probably the first person who does the recently opened Ruhrtal bike path on foot. It's a distance of roughly 150 miles and he hopes to complete it within 5 days. He started last Friday and yesterday he passed our hometown Witten according to schedule. (don't worry, it's only a museum railway which works only once a month)

U explains that it is the constant and permanent movement what fascinates him and he loves to relax by running slowly for hours. He is a dedicated long-distance runner, a committed musician and a professional firefighter.

I add some photos of our local Ruhr valley. The Ruhr is a clean river without industrial shipping. The source is close to Winterberg, a small town high in the mountain range of the Sauerland, and it meets the river Rhine after 150 miles at Duisburg.

Castle Hardenstein dates back to 14th century.

A small ferry opened last year to serve the many bikers who follow the very popular river path. The boat starts work at mid of April.

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