A really joyful, 6-hour relay with Panka
There was lightness all along. From idea to finish.
Which, of course, did not mean that we were not prepared and did not run properly in trainings.
Personally, I was over a normal summer weekend day, true to myself: every second counted and a bit over-programmed. In the morning I was kayaking with my kids for two hours at Lake Balaton, knocking out my shoulders totally, and then I clinked our glasses with my dad for who knows why. After that we travelled back to Budapest, where we had dinner and saw the ’Chess’ musical in the theather. At 10:15pm we left the auditorium and picked Panka up at 10:30pm.
From here we went to Szigetmonostor, where we took our bibs at 11:30pm – still in prom dress. We had some rest for half an hour and surveyed the terrain. I never entered this race before, but I heard about it.
Familiar atmosphere, campsite feeling a bit: tents, camping chairs, polyphoms, ice-cooling bags, blankets, boxes, headlamps, all kinds of pouches.
Well, we brought a sports mat, some salt pots, salty sticks, two pieces of running clothes for change and Panka had a towel. But for the future, we know what we need.
Then we laughed a little at the fraction-meter, which was probably a little balloon filled with flour and with the bib. It had to be thrown to the ground at the end of the 6 hours. The race took place in a 2km long lap, with a chip meter at the start gate. And the remaining distance was counted separately to the point indicated by the fraction-meter at the end. Well, I loved this little Swiss instrument, as Peti called it.
In particular, we didn’t over-strategize the race, staying with the first and original plan that Panka started and we changed in every hour.
So we run about three hours per person in about three sections.
But of course you can find the accurate statistics at the end of the post.
Running is relatively monotonous, especially as it starts at midnight and roughly 5/6 of the race takes place in the dark on a 2 km long asphalt round, on the embankment along the Danube. Then the sun comes up. Unlike other competitions, this is why the last hour was probably the most enjoyable for me, with all the new impulses. First of all, the sunrise on the Danube is beautiful, and secondly I finally saw who we were hanging out on the lane for 5 hours. I finally saw faces. And that made me cheer, so I smiled like wild beasts. Smile always gives good dynamics for running, at least for me.
Panka pushed it hard, all the way, steadily, with no complains. Just as I knew her.
Calm but funny, reliably fast and humble. Excellent racer and racing partner! We found each other quite enough. She rehearsed a little at the end of her second etap … just because 😊 So I let her, if she had the boogie in her leg, took it, I wasn’t envy for kilometers. 😊
In fact, we were leading all the way with a slowly growing advantage in female couples contest, which was a strong group in my opinion with familiar faces in it. However, I don’t know so many people in the ultra runner world, whom I know are rather from just news or social media. However, by the sixth hour, the runners formed together a small community, we got used to each other and it was kind of reassuring to meet again after the turning point again: he/she is here, he/she is keeping up.
Refreshing was not pushed too far.
During the break, I ate two caffeine salt tablets, in the bottle was Maurten, half of which was consumed in three hours. I only took water from the refreshment station. I ate a banana after the first hour, and some french fries and breadcrumbs after the second hour. It was something similar with Panka, I think she refreshed with banana and some salty sticks. 😊 Well, this paragraph has never been long, now it could be longer.
Let’s talk about running instead. Obviously, individual performance here is much more outstanding, just like on all ultra-competitions. This is not in dispute. I admire them. I’ve never run a longer distance than a marathon in one go and I also don’t plan it yet. So the admiration from the distance and the solidarity of the same field runners remain, hoping that our doubles pace did not irritate them, but rather motivated them. I admire that people with disabilities have pushed the distance and I admire those who have helped them along the way.
We are proud of our result that we did not prepare for the race very precisely either in the weeks before or directly on the day of the race.
We ran by our feelings, competed with feelings, with good feelings.
It was different from UB, but it was the beauty of this competition and the fact, that we could win this way. I like to start races with different kinds of preparation and mental state, it makes the season exciting, so each race has its own special features and special memories.
There was only one thing missing (well more: a tent, a blanket, a polyphome, etc.), which I was really looking forward to. That’s the horn. I waited for a huge hunting horn to throw down the fraction-meter to the ground at the end of the race, but the time was up right at the turning point when I hadn’t heard the orcs’ terrific fighting signal. The nice girl at the turning point said STOP! Missed the horn, missed the pathos!
The announcement of the results was followed by a peaceful hot tea on the bank of the Danube and a well-made toast with pickled cucumbers, which we ate on a driftwood. Ingenious. The podium was also full of familiar runners, which made me feel very good.
The best thing to say is that after a hard run you will have a strangely good feeling. I think this is the charm of SUHANJ6.
During 6 hours we ran 76,486 K
Our average pace: 4:42 min / km
|Spent time on track||Average pace|
|Panka||40,5||3 óra 4 perc||4:33|
|Réka||36||2 óra 56 perc||4:53|
Thank you POLAR Hungary for taking us to the race!