Too hot?

… continued from … Keep on running

My trail continued…downhill. I find it easy.

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I know that some people think that going downhill is not easy and that it may be dangerous for knees. But I do not have such a problem. I can run much faster, I feel like I am flying. I love it. The only problem was the fact that I had rather little amount of water… and I realized that the refreshment point would be further than I planned. Can this no-water situation ruin my run? I wanted to unravel the mystery of no-water… but I had to go on. I was feeling good, despite everything… I was running…I was on Parenzana…

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Keep on running…

Keep on runnin’
Keep on hidin’
One fine day I’m gonna be the one
To make you understand
Oh yeah
I’m gonna be your man

Hey hey hey
Everyone is talkin’ about me
Makes me feel so bad
Hey hey hey
Everyone is laughing at me
Makes me feel so sad
Keep on runnin’
Hey hey
All right!

Keep on runnin’
Runnin’ from my arms
One fine day I’m gonna be the one
To make you understand
Oh yeah
I’m gonna be your man

Hey hey hey
Everyone is talkin’ about me
Makes me feel so bad
Hey hey hey
Everyone is laughing at me
Makes me feel so sad
Keep on runnin’
Hey hey
All right!

Source of the lyrics: AZ Lyrics.

Continued from… Tenaciously going uphill....

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The soung was in my head while I continued my trail run blindly following the signs…. to the next refreshment point with very little amount of water……

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… to be continued…

Tenaciously going uphill

… continued from…Healing process.

Crossing the river Mirna, I remembered that I still didn’t visit Kotli, the origin, the famous spring of the River. Well, I guess my “to-do list” is luckily still rather big.

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The Mirna is the Istria’s longest and richest river. In the little village Kotli with only fifteen old stone houses in 19th century look there is the valley of the River Rečina, the river that connects with the rivulet Draga and continues to flow in a river named Mirna for some 52,8 km until it flows into the Adriatic sea in the bay Antenal near Novigrad. What makes this river so special? It cascades in falls, creates ponds in rocks, spills over from one cauldron to another. On her way to the sea, it meets Butoniga and Bračana and creates magnificent 17 waterfalls, some almost 30 m high. According to history, it was a navigable river and you can steel use a kayak and a canoe to enjoy in a wonderful experience.

At the bridge I met a friend, she went there cycling. I always have a time for a photo, especially on a trail races where it is allowed to make a stop, look, and enjoy the nature. Welcome to the truffle valley… some kind of a sign was there at the beginning of the several kilometres run before the next hill.

Truffles? Besides Buzet, the town of Oprtalj, the hamlet of Livade are considered the centre of truffles. The sign on the street pointed out on the festival “Days of Truffles” are organised at the beginning of October every year. This fungus comes in several species of which the genus Tuber is the most prominent. Black truffle, burgundy truffle, white truffle, whitish truffle, Terfezia species and sometimes even a “false truffles” are highly prized and by some considered as the diamonds of the kitchen. Besides the special pungent aroma, they are considered as delicacies, aphrodisiacs and as medicines. You can even go on a hunt for wild truffles with a dog or a saw. It is interesting that female pigs can detect the truffle because it contains a compound similar to androstenol, the sex pheromone of boar saliva. The problem is only, if they find it, they will eat it, so you must be fast, or at least faster than the saw.

 

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Source of the image: detechter.com.

Let us leave truffles and Livade hamlet and do this uphill part of the run. Let us go to picturesque Oprtalj. Running through the Livade was nice. The weather was great, still not warm and I had my both bottles of water and some energetic drink as refreshment. I know that in this race this will be the last big uphill part. Although these cca 400 metres seems easy this hill suddenly started to look like the highest mountain that I have ever seen. I didn’t want to eat the dextrose bonbons that I took as the last resort, but somehow they vanished during the first part of the hill. I was trying to convince myself that it is ok to go slow, and I didn’t want to stop and have a rest. It was amazing to see runners from longer distances (up to 100 miles). They were really running uphill as if they do not have tiredness in their legs. How can this be possible? How can they run uphill? I still think that it is a mystery. I always said “Bravo” when I see them coming. Since this huge mountain had no end, I started to cheat on myself. I imagined that the end is just behind the corner (although I knew it wasn’t). Still, it worked. The hill was getting lower and lower and finally I reached the road. Several people were standing on the road cheering to us. I guess they were there as a support for their friends. At the top, I took photos of Motovun. The view was magnificent.

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Oprtalj. …finally – I though while I was passing the sign of the town. I think that soon there will be some refreshment point. I think they said on the 10th kilometre, and guessed it might be here. In the town, a bunch of local people cheered. One man asked me (very seriously): “Do you want a beer?” – I laughed. Maybe it sounds tempting, but drinking a beer during a run probably wouldn’t help and who knows where would I end running drunk… ha ha ha

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Oprtalj is a small picturesque little town at the top of the 380 metres high hill above the Mirna river valley. It is medieval town historically named “Town of 72 man of letters”. I don’t know why they called it that way, but it is repeated often by some local people. There is a small old Church of St. Rock build in 1581 at the entrance of the city. I remembered that the Church had fresco paintings made by Antonio from Padua, but I guess It is not the right time to visit it, so I just passed by. An amazing sight is definitely Renaissance Venetian municipal loggia from which you can take a look at the Istrias countryside. This loggia houses a lapidarium and several stone coats of arms. Another Church, the Parish Church of St. George from 1517 with a 27 meters high bell tower. Luckily, I don’t have to climb the stairs of this tower today. Just before the end of the town there is another church, the church of Little Virgin Mary from 15th century.

 

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I passed the city. Well, I guess the control point must be a bit further away from here. Tenacious strength to go uphill and continue… Tenacious, tenacious? How persistant should I be to run the uphill road? How extreme is the run on the hot road without refreshment?! I cannot stop just because it is not easy…..

to be continued….

 

 

Healing process

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Have You ever heard about the 100 Miles of Istria – The Biggest Croatian Trail Race? Yes? No? Well, I have the luck to share my experience with this wonderful race in the heart of Istria in Croatia.

Due to the recent problem with anaemia, I was a bit afraid in how I would survive 42K of mountain race. Still, this special feeling of being a part of a great adventure, feeling of running in the sun toward the sea and crossing the final line was greater than my fear. Anyway, they say that we should not feed the fear wolf, so I dismissed that unpleasant feeling. This race is going to be a healing process for me. I knew that at the start.

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Source of the image: istria100.

Even though 42K sounds big, it is actually a „peanut-race“ in comparison to 100 miles. I only have to run 42K (+1100 and -1250) with a time limit of 10 hours. For 100 miles you should run some 170K (+7120 and -7400) in a time limit of 48 hours. Peanut-race? It depends how you look at it. For me, 42K was a perfect challenge appropriate to my current state of body and mind 😉

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Source of the image: istria100.

The start was in Motovun. Actually, below the Motovun hill, so yes, we started uphill. We laughed that even though it is uphill, we must run because we must look good on the photographs from the start. Therefore, I put my smile on the face and run these 500 metres of uphill road. A numberless stairs to the top and cheering of people on the read marked the first 1.3K of the race. The sun was high because the start was at 11:00. Weather? Perfect. Feeling? Being Happy because I can run, and I will run so long….

Motovun is a little city, or should we better call it a village in central Istria. It is on the top of the hill 270 metres above sea level with some 500 residents. In earlier times of its history, he was near one of the station of narrow railroad named Parenzana that ran from Trieste to Parenzo (1902-1935).

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Source of the image: Parenzana.

The town of Motovun looks rather medieval with those amazing ancient entrance, paved road and old houses. The city is often connected with the legend about the giant Veli Jože.

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Source of the image: istrianet.org.

According to the legend, in the time when Venetian Republic ruled over the Istria in the valley near the town of Motovun lived a special giant Jože. He was a servant until he went to Venice with his new Lord. Heavy storm on the sea destroyed the galley and many people died. Even a prisoner giant Ilija was hurt and before he died he told to Jože that he must be a free man and not let anyone to be his master. Our giant Jože decided to follow his advice and he returned home. He started to work and dig in the forest near the town Motovun. It was a strike of luck that he found the gold treasure during his work. Well, maybe it was not luck, because when other people heard about the gold they came to help him, but they also wanted a great piece of it. His former property owners also thought that they deserve this treasure for themselves. Famous Greed made a lot of trouble for this good giant, so he had to run away. Luckily, there was a helping hand. He found help from Civetta who was a leader of the serfs at that time and who divided the gold and gave the best piece of land to Jože. Coming back to Motovun Jože remembered the Ilija’s words, and decided to leave Civetta, Motovun, and this best piece of Land. He never came back. They said he became a free man 🙂

Interesting story? It was so inspiring that a Croatian poet and writer Vladimir Nazor wrote a tale named “Big Joseph” (Veli Jože).

This run is maybe our way to be free, to leave everything behind us, to go through the storm of hard times and to finally find freedom in the end.

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At the top of the hill, we made an ascent of only +148. Still, it was just a beginning of the race and more was to come. After the city came the long trail downhill. I left my legs run as much as I can and enjoyed the spring breeze. It was great. I have been here before, so it looked familiar, but also a somewhat new. I knew already that I would come back here again soon.

Crossing the bridge over river Mirna and the main road and making a number of beautiful photographs of the surroundings marked the end of the downhill running. Some 5K run was a head of me before the next ascent…before the next Istrian hill and town named Oprtalj. to be continued….

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Source of the images: my private collection 🙂

Pursuit of Pleasure

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He: You didn’t say no!

Jolie: Well, I cannot resist the temptation of a long run – she said showing a painful emotion on her face – Your kindness has put me to shame – she whispered.

He: But you know it’s dangerous, don’t you? – He shouted loudly.

Jolie was looking at him and saw that although he yelled, he is not mad at her. He does not judge her, nor trying to give her instructions. He just wants to be sure that she understand. Actually, he didn’t raise his voice to shout and yell on her. It was the train that just passed by that forced him to raise his voice.

I have nothing to lose – she reckoned. Nobody is waiting for me, just a bunch of unsorted staff. I feel better and I was very duteous the whole week and more. And yes, I know when to stop even though I never give up. The feeling that I will have after a long run is something that I cannot miss out. I will only miss setting a new record. It is almost comical how the life plays with us. We take simple things for granted and don’t think about the breath, the water, the so-called inner power. And one Day, when you start questioning this peculiar idea of existence, everything changes. You can never be the same. Denial, as an unconscious childish defense mechanism that makes us refuse to acknowledge the painful realities is not the answer, or is it?

He: I’ll be with you wild child – he spoke kindly to her.

Jolie: I know – she smiled continuing her pursuit of pleasure.

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Source of the Quote Image: Pinterest.

Source of other Images: own copyrighted collection.

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Who is the Champion

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He: How was it?

Jolie: You know very well. I feel as if I am trying to run with my feet enchained. My mind is blurred and the effort is too big. This 8K run seemed as an ultra marathon to me… like a neverending story….

He: I guess it was another bad Day, or?

Jolie: Yes  -she said lowering her Head. It’s so hard to overcome this weakness.

He: Still, you were not that bad at all.

Jolie: Not bad? – she shrouted with astonishment..

He: I mean, considering the underlaying cause…you were quite good.

Jolie: Oh, come on… don’t comfort me for nothing… I was bad, and I know it.

He: No, you’ve misunderstood the whole thing. Everything counts, remember? And every effort is a victory. So, you are always the winner, you are always the Champion… becasue you continue no matter what…. Remember what Freddie said…. – he smiled knowing how much she loves his songs…

…..We are The Champions My Friend….

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SCI-FI World

In my quest to solve the mystery of CUSP I was wondering to a pointed end and then struggled through anatomy, mathematics, architecture and astronomy. I even touched geography and finally stumbled upon artistic and sometimes underground part of the word.

Have you ever heard about Robert A. Metzger? Well, if you did’t now it’s the time (Google him). He is a science fiction author and electrical engineer (telecommunications scientist) that wrote Quad World, Picoverse and yes, he wrote a novel named CUSP. Voila!

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We’ll have to wait 14 years to arrive in the time of the novel, i.e. the year 2031 and the opening sentence:

“An arc of flame erupted from the setting Sun”.

If the book is about pure science, CUSP would be the first computer designated to integrate with a human mind. However, since it is still considered as science fiction we are, according to „sfreviews“ having a chance to „spend some time in the funhouse of Metzger’s mind“. Why CUSP? Well, one father wanted to control, control, and control and he used his daughter as the most suitable character for this creation of superhuman…..in a story that spreads over several hundred of pages….where Sun and History are in some new dimension.

”Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky!”

(Jane Taylor, 1783-1824).

 

It is a hard science fiction category what means that it emphasize the scientific accuracy. Not to be misunderstood, „hard“ here means „natural“ and contains more scientific details while „soft“ means „social“ sciences and this categorization is considered to be only approximate view of the current science fiction writings.

Metzger is here presenting a multilayered story that is a kind of a cumbersome journey for some untrained and critical mind. But it can be a great intro into this world of Science Fiction. The best of the Science Fiction is definitely in the use of imaginative concepts. Therefore I strongly recommend that each one of us should try to explore this other level of our worlds and enter in the science fiction universe at one moment of time in our life.

It is a kind of a cusp or intersection point of real and surreal worlds.

Source of the Featured Image: Westword.com.