Welcome! I hereby kick off my blog with this post. For starters I encourage you to visit the “About” page where I introduce myself and explain a little bit what I expect to write about on this blog. The plan is to do it fairly regularly hoping to provide this demanding (and hopefully rapidly increasing in size) audience with an entertaining reading material.
The “Ultramarathons” page currently contains just a bare list of events I took part in and expect to take part in soon. With time I hope to grow it by adding race reports which will be linked from there. My vision for this page is to be a good reference point, especially when someone wants to find out more about a specific event.
I think this is the right time to explain why I’ve decided to blog.
Admittedly I thought about blogging every now and then but I always concluded that there is so many different blogs, websites, or Facebook pages about running (including ultramarathon running) that I have nothing to contribute on top of this vast source of information. In December 2016 my wife got me thinking about it again. Having discussed this at length we concluded that there actually might be an audience willing to follow my exploits and benefit from reading my blog.
How did we reach this conclusion? The answer actually lies in the name of my blog, but here’s a funny linguistic trick- “Wolny biegacz” in Polish can be translated in two different ways, either as “Free runner”, or “Slow runner”. I don’t have this liberty in English so I chose “Slow runner”. Perhaps I should have gone for “FreeSlow runner” or “SlowFree runner” 🙂
In a nutshell- “Free runner” because running offers me freedom and gives an opportunity to switch off and not being bothered by the usual day-to-day crap. Running is a means of mental recovery (not necessarily physical). During my long runs I tend to get good ideas and I get to solve niggling issues, or I’m simply able to look at them from another perspective and realise they’re not actually worrisome as they might have looked before.
On the other hand “Slow runner” because generally I don’t run fast. Well, often I move quite slowly, even just walk for prolonged periods while at an ultramarathon. On this blog I want to show and prove that you don’t need to be a super fast runner to enjoy ultra running, that there is nothing wrong if you complete an event in twice the winner’s time as long as you feel good about your performance. I must admit that I very often read race reports written by top runners which are naturally inspiring, but sometimes also frustrating. I get to think “He’s so good, if only I could be so good”, “Why am I not making any visible progress with all my training?”, or “That’s surely because I don’t live near any mountains and can’t regularly do hill training”. On this blog I want to prove that such thinking is unnecessary and leads you nowhere. On the contrary- you can be an average or below-average runner and still achieve personal successes and feel satisfaction and fulfilment.
That’s it for the first post I guess. I welcome comments and questions which I will definitely answer. Please like my FB page and/or follow me on Twitter.
In my next blog post I plan to elaborate a bit about ultramarathons for these readers who are not that familiar with the ridiculous concept of running farther than 42 kilometres.
All the best,