Just under two weeks to go - and beginning to get nervous. Not just about the run but about the whole expedition. Chatting in the office the other day someone said "where is it then?" and we proceeded to Google map it. And when you look at it, it is just such a long long way away in such a remote part of the earth. (click on it to get a full size version)
That's it circled on the top right. And you may be able to see a little line I've drawn across the bottom left part of the lake. That's the run from shore to shore - and that's 26.2 miles. If you reckon that Winderemere is 13 miles long - so would be half that almost invisible little line - that gives you some idea of the absolute vastness of Lake Baikal.
It also explains why I'm not running the length of it - or doing a lap of it! Here's the run route. The start is at Tankhoy (not marked), the finish and where we are staying at Listvyanka, about 60kms south of Irkutsk.
Training - mainly a gym week. I keep mentioning the gym. Here it is - the best gym in the world. Great people, great support, great equipment - nothing fancy, no frills, all you need - www.quirkesgym.co.uk . Putting a bit back into the legs after last week's marathons with 3 short mid week runs and then longer ones yesterday and today. Not feeling too bad - a bit of sciatica affecting my right leg. Something I get from time to time, but stretching and just being a bit careful seems to get it to go away again. Another one along with my right knee that I was told should be operated on years ago - but a structured gym programme to develop core and protection specific muscles seems to have held the knife at bay for a good few years so far.
Unfortunately my battery ran out (camera battery that is - my own one ran out years ago!) so have only captured the beginning of today's run in the most glorious weather, setting out from Hathersage. But I will return to film the rest of it over the coming weeks. At least you can see what a nice day it is!
So a couple of weeks to go. Light gym work and keep running. No great distances, and not pushing. Just keeping everything flexible and working. And you may have noticed I'm nearing my target for Target Ovarian Cancer - thank you so much.