“It’s day 25. We’re in Gniew, a town in the north of Poland, passing through its beautiful, renovated Teutonic castle. After a short break I try to run, but can’t. The slight pain I felt earlier in my right leg is now excruciating. I can hardly walk. I stretch it a bit, but that doesn’t help. On top of everything it’s raining. How frustrating. We’re so close to the end! We consider shortening the distance or adding an extra day. Our last resort is to phone the physio and ask for help…” – Alan.
The wall is something most runners can relate to. It’s both a physical and mental battle and you learn a lot about yourself. Hitting the wall for 26 straight days is a fantastic way to test your willpower and strength. We are two Brits living in Warsaw, and we decided to run 1100 km in 26 days along the banks of the Vistula, the iconic river in Poland known as the “Queen of Polish rivers”.
“The slight pain I felt earlier in my right leg is now excruciating. I can hardly walk.”
A challenge that would be tough enough, even if we weren’t doing it in a foreign country with one of the hardest languages in the world, where hospitality invariably includes home-made vodka, grilled sausages, storytelling and little sleep.