Two runners, one river, 1145 km

A simple story

How ordinary people do things that most would consider extra-ordinary? What triggers us to defy the solid thinking that tells us what can and what can’t be done? How do we navigate our body and mind through the unknown territory between limits and possibilities?

August 24th 2016, around 6 pm. Alan Parsons and Andrew Mossop reach the mouth of the Vistula river on the Baltic Sea. By now, they have run 1145 km along the river course, starting from the sources in Barania Gora, on the Beskids Mountains, 26 days before. They ran between 35 and 65 km per day, with 4 days of rest along the way.

For both Alan and Andy, running is more than a physical activity, it is a companion in life. Though none of them is a professional athlete and they earn their living respectively as a translator and as an IT expert, running takes a lot of their time, being an essential part of their physical and psychological balance. It has a strong emotional and social dimension, it is a meditation “space” where undisturbed thinking can take place, it is a way of focusing on oneself and on self-improvement.

 

Run Wisla – A simple story (8’54”)

 

The Vistula, flowing relentlessly from the mosaic of its sources towards the Baltic Sea, is the silent witness of each and every “wall” hit by Alan and Andy day by day. Walls are dramatic moments of confrontation with oneself and the feelings of fear and weakness. But they are also extraordinary moments, where trust in one’s endurance and resilience can be built, once and forever, as a runner and as a person.

This story is about friendship. About learning to run tired and the value of persevering. About the firm belief that in running, like in life, when difficult moments come one needs to focus on putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward. At some point it will improve, just by the fact of going forward. About focusing on oneself, instead of comparing to others, to be better runners and better persons. About taking into account the possibility of defeat, and living with it.

Finally, this is the story of an outstanding athletic endeavor. But more than this, it is the story of a remarkable trip through one of the most intimate and unexplored territories of the inner self, the one of definition of personal limits and possibilities, by means of the very simple act running is.

A story built step by step on light-hearted passion, humility and courage.

 

 


Dęblin, Lubelskie voivodeship. August 2016.

Goczałkowice-Zdrój/Mętków, Lesser Poland voivodeship. August 2016.

Barania Góra, Silesia voivodeship. August 2016.

Witunia, Kuyavian-Pomeranian voivodeship. July 2016.

Mętków, Lesser Poland voivodeship. August 2016.

Outskirts of Toruń, Kuyavian -Pomeranian voivodeship. May 2016.

Wielkie Walichnowy/Tczew. Pomeranian voivodeship. August 2016.

Warsaw, Masovia voivodeship. July 2016.

Outskirts of Goczałkowice-Zdrój, Silesia voivodeship. August 2016.

Mętków, Lesser Poland voivodeship. August 2016.

Wisła, Silesian voivodeship. August 2016.

Kraków, Lesser Poland voivodeship. August 2016.

Skoczów, Lesser Poland voivodeship. August 2016.

Between Warsaw and Nowy Secymin. Masovian voivodeship. August 2016.

Wisła, Silesian voivodeship. August 2016.

Mętków, Lesser Poland voivodeship. August 2016.

Gniew and Wielkie Walichnowy, Pomeranian voivodeship. August 2016.

Latków. Masovian voivodeship. August 2016.

Wólka Tyrzyńska, Masovian voivodeship. August 2016.

Warsaw, Masovian voivodeship. July 2016.

Outskirts of Grudziądz, Kuyavian-Pomeranian voivodeship. August 2016.

Toruń, Kuyavian-Pomeranian voivodeship. August 2016.

Kazuń Nowy, Masovian voivodeship. August 2016.

Rozgarty, Kuyavian-Pomeranian voivodeship. August 2016.

Outskirts of Strumień, Lesser Poland region. August 2016.

Nowe, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. August 2016.

Nature Reserve Mewia Łacha, Gdańsk, Pomeranian Voivodeship. August 2016.

Grudziądz, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. August 2016.