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Travelling with my car back home i posted on instagram and face book some thoughts that came up in my mind after my decision to abandon the race at St John station. It was around 8.00 am when i went downhill to Skolio. Then i was thinking that i enjoyed so much the race till then, i had already run for the whole night. I needed to have some more fun and then to finish the Mythical for me. At least for this year. I was feeling really tired and it would become worst after Saint John. In case i continued after that point, regardless of termination, i would probably lose all the magic of the race.
So, inside the car i wrote about this experience in combination with the political developments on Sunday.
"I don’t really care if it is "yes" or "no". Nobody could change my emotions during this race. None Schaeuble and no Merkel, Samaras, Fofi or even Tsipras (who is younger and most open minded) could spoil my senses. I have these feelings deep inside me.
I am also wondering the comments i would probably write in case i had finished the race".
Two o’clock in the dawning, running to Koromilia area it was raining. The water rinsed and on the other hand besmear. I was watching a humid cloud in front of me. It was illuminated with my lens. It was like dreaming, living in an adventure and i paricipated with all my senses there. My body was fully alert, in touch with the reality. The only goal was to take care of myself and at the same time to enjoy the "ride".
I wrote during the 89th day of running about my relationship with Olympus when i was a teenager and i was training for skiing. Olympus Mythical Trail, gives you the chance to reach what you carry inside you. We all carry important psychological material inside us. The many Km, the strong character of the race and the moments that you feel more relaxed are the features of the race. The route gives to all of us the chance to observe ourselves, to look inside us keeping the right distance.
I had heard about the races that are organized by Lazaros Rigos before but it was the first time that i took place to one of them that this man had the full responsibility. It was the most integrated race that i have ever seen, without exaggerations and glamour situations with a low profile. On the other hand it was not missing the high standards that are required for such races. I have described at the end of the text exactly what running on mountains really means.
Furthermore, the support team was really important. I saw people that i thought i knew them without actually have met them before. I had seen them just in photos that i had watched lately, while i was reading about the preparation of the paths and supplies for the race.
I felt great care when i was passing the various stations. All the volunteers there were really friendly from the youngest one to the oldest. Certainly i stood out one. I really want to refer to the people that were standing at the area Pigadi, and the warmth that gave to the athletes. Even though i didn't let them taking care of me, saying many "no" to their offers, i felt deep inside me the interest and care. I am sure that all the runners were feeling the same, it seemed like you arrived at human pit stops that supplying energy for the continuity.
If you have read Greek Mythology you know about the Gods that were living in the mountain Olympus. Having many human characteristics, sometimes they behaved with insidious and infernal way. This attitude is imprinted at several points on the ground. Especially at the high peaks in the alpine zone at the time that you think that the ground is stable it is very unstable when you finally step on it. The sense of friendliness that it is not so friendly finally and it could cause accidents. This is nature. We are in nature, at Olympus mountain.
The most difficult moments came around 3.00 and 4.00 before sunrise. Then i was feeling tremendously sleepy. At the same time it was raining and made the effort to uphill really difficult. Before the race i was scared that the pain at my Achileion tendon could force me to abandon the race. I didn't really want this to happen. Finally, i didn't finish for other reasons. The reason was my willing to take care of myself. It was the most conscious decision that i could take for myself.
A i have mentioned before, it would be meaningless for me to finish this race and lose the magic i was feeling until then and continues until now that i am writing these lines. This decision rolled inside me and it was like i keep going. Besides, abandoning a race constitutes part of the race. The different was that i was feeling really ok with my decision. I learn something really important for me, something that makes me feel really calm.
There was some minutes that i thought that maybe my big son Filippos feels disappointment if i couldn't bring him the medal. At the same time i thought that the most important medal that i could give to him would be the discussion about the meaning that this "stop" have for me and his life later. Sometimes it is necessary to stand behind, to stop so we can move forward stronger and more powerful.
I share my thoughts with you and at the same time i am looking back, at the race and before the race.
I was not good organized so i could not easily use my camera. So i couldn't have more photographs.
I found a very nice and helpful idea to write the elements of the race on the number.
I like that i met people that i didn't know or some friends from Facebook which i hadn't met them before and drunk coffee, besides the starting point a little bit before the information about technical matters.
These moments cause great results. Before, during and after the race. All have their space, their existence. Everything has space.
This was my ninth ongoing running day...and it was a big day and a beautiful day...