ArtAbout è felice di pubblicare il reportage realizzato dalla fotografa Maria Plotnikova dal titolo “Marathon”.
Ecco la descrizione del progetto:
According to world statistics, the number of fans of marathon running is growing every year. In 2010, there were approximately 500,000 marathon finishers in the United States (Running USA national report 2010).
Amateur running is one of the most useful forms of physical culture, and no other sport can’t boast such small monetary investment. To start jogging can afford almost any healthy people, even quite far from the sport. Often running is used as a dealing with a midlife crisis. A huge number of people around the world find in running not only fun but also a new goal, and even the meaning of life. Run a marathon for an ordinary people it’s like Mount Everest for a climber. It’s very interesting that one can experience, having been on top of the world. And these feelings can change you for the better.
To get to marathon finish line without risk for health you must train hard. On average, training plans to prepare for a marathon designed for 16-18 weeks. Trainings are held 6 days a week.
1 To run a marathon had been my dream since 12 years, so I came with responsibility to this challenge.
2 Before start training, I decided to write day by day the training plan and stuck all this staff to the wall to motivate myself.
3 The first week, 85 km. Diary: The first week passed. It was hard. Legs feel extremely heavy. Will waiting for this heavy go away.
4 The second week, 89 km. Diary: My thoughts all the time revolving around the running. Now there is no such thing as hunger / satiation. I think about food as digested / not digested. What is digested more quickly, a banana or a meringue? Does my muscles have enough glycogen for long running?
5 During a long running you should drink water as your body loses large amounts of fluid. After training you get sweat strains on the clothes.
Diary: So, I ran my first 27 km in my life. I tried to concentrate solely on the process, falling into a kind of meditation. In this state, it was fairly easy to move, but had to constantly grope after this sense of automaticity. I think the primary source of this meditation is heart rate control. When I was starting to jump between puddles or worried about anything, I got increased heart rate immediately and lost control. But I can’t say that it was pure automatism. I had a feeling that in my chest was a balloon, which had supported the ease in the body. I felt pain and fatigue after stopping the run. It was difficult to get to the home. All clothes are soaking wet. Lost about 2.5 kg of liquid. I’m very tired. I don’t want to eat or drink, just go to bed. Feeling like I’m about to get sick. Hight fever. The joints ache. Muscles ache. Spent 1.5 hours in bad in half delirious condition. Started to feel better after having eat a portion of borsch.
6 The third week, 89 km.
Diary: All the time I have to control the running technique. Movements turn out a much more harmonious, efficient, strong and coordinated, if you scroll through them in the head.
7 Eight weeks, 72 km
Diary: All this story of the marathon is a journey inside the body and soul. After all, I feel every cell in my body from the inside. Is it possible to show these changes? Both the bad and good, both the progress and regression.
Today the last kilometer was very hard, I wanted to quit. Feet felt very heavy. Three hours passed and now I have a condition to go out and start to run. It´s a kind of euphoria. I want to save this this feeling. A feeling like I’m shining from inside, as if there is an energy ball. How long I will have this feeling?
What the interesting thing – a running! It can dictate its own terms, to subordinate the whole your of existence, but it gives not less at least.
8 Ninth Week, 7 km. Diary: The disease. Hight fever. Weakness. Pain in the throat. All training goes down the drain.
Tenth Week, 42 km.
Diary: the disease has calmed me, restrained my ardor to perform frantically all that stuff written in the plan. After all, that’s a bit beyond me. Clearly see, the plan is designed for much robust fellows.
9 The thirteenth week, 61 km away. Diary: I’m back. Passivity and apathy are going away. At the end of training I fell into a prostration and it scared me so mach. I Felt some unsupportable lightness, weightlessness. With difficulty I could control steps, but didn’t feel tired.
10 Fourteenth Week, 65 km. Running a long workout (28 km), managed to get rid of the fear of long distances, that I have had after several unsuccessful attempts to overcome 30-km way.
11 Fifteenth Week, 61 km. Diary: Sometimes, when a feel it particularly hard for me and start thinking about what I am doing and why. I understand that I will not quit and I spare myself terminating the turnout undone a little bit. But I don’t feel bad about it because I know that I have done all I could.
12 The seventeenth week, 55 km. Diary: I can’t believe it that the marathon is so soon. Preparation took so long that the training process eventually turns into a routine and it seemed that the trainings would never end and the purpose is so far away that it is better not to remember and it seems that it is not real.
Why to run? What makes it so special, so attracting? For me it is an indisputable basis for any kind of sports, the foundation and construction materials at the same time. Running is like a white color, lack of visual information. But the white color at the same time and most complex of all colors, is a synthesis of all colors. And running, is endless, boring, repetitive movements millions of times, develops all sides of my personality, the muscles, joints, heart and circulatory system, thinking, attitude, character, patience and willpower. And most importantly is a meditation, in which I’m sometimes lucky enough to enter. This is something new and airy, another thing.
13 Diary: Mood follows a physical condition which presents with unpleasant surprises. Unhealthiness take turn with attack of wild energy. In general, I´m in good spirits, waiting great strides. I can’t keep emotions in front of majesty of the moment. Yes, I’m waiting for some revelation from my body. At the end of a long and difficult journey I want to find the treasure. And I’m afraid of not withstand, to break. I will fight until the end, but if the legs gave way? What then?
14 Eighteenth Week, 73 km (including the marathon). Total 1084 km. Result in the marathon 3 hours 49 minutes 4 seconds.
In the morning due to strong prelaunch excitement I forgot to put plaster on my foot.
Diary: On the 21 km mark, I was pretty fresh. I just enjoyed the ease, power, control of running. After 31 km there was a small fear of the unknown, but nothing much happened. By that time I was leaving behind bunches of people. It was very satisfactory to leave behind pumped-up guys and understand that I´m stronger, that I still have loads of strength and can even accelerate. It just inspiring! I had enough power for a nice finishing sprint. Finish! I’m flying! The incredible lightness and weakness in the body. This condition lasted for 20 seconds, until I stopped the motion. Muscles got sick immediately, as soon as I stopped. The view of bloody heel was killing me finally.
15 Diary: At the finish, and after a while there was no emotion, only slight sadness that this was it. A dream come true. And come true as you could only dream of. But there are no joy and pacification. Merely calm.
Why I chose the marathon? I don´t have any sensible explanation. I think it’s a marathon chose me. All my life I had ran a sprint distances, and if desired, I would succeed in this area. But I only had a strong desire to run a marathon. This great distance, its inaccessibility has captivated my attention from childhood, and I am happy that the dream has come true at last.