In Search of A/The Point of Life

Walk the talk / run the dmc: WE PAID UP FOR OUR 18948km NONDON-SAO-PAULO OF CARBON FOOTPRINTS WITH OUR FOOT+FOOT (=FEET) RUNNING 189.48km IN OCTOBER.

Rundown of our runs, 3-30 October, as documented by our Garmin Forerunner 405.

As you know (you do, don’t you?), we visited Sao Paulo, Brazil last month to present a paper of our of-and-out-of-this-and-other-worlds theory, Trans-dimensional Running for our Lives! A Rough Guide To A Critical Strategy for our technologically-layered Multiverse, at Soft Borders, Upgrade! Before we flew, we also came up with a plan to make up for our carbon footprints from the return journey, and decided that to pay back for our 18948km of travelling, we had to run 189.48km in Life 1.0 .

We are happy to announce that we reached our target on 30 October. From 3 – 30 October, we ran a total of 191.11km. This includes, unfortunately, one week of NO RUNNING while we were in Brazil for several reasons. So, in reality, the task was accomplished in 17 days, which works out to be an average of 11.24km each time we ran during this period.

Our next flight is a long-haul flight which is at least 10,000km one way. If we go by the same rules we have set up for our Nondon-Sao-Paulo journey, of moving 2 decimal places of a given distance, we deduce that we will have to run at least 200km, to make up for our dirty flight. Again we will aim to do that within the period of one month.

While we are at it, we want to tell you of our plan that we have been harbouring for the past 11 months of our existence, since we came into being: it consist of 2 runs in a certain city-state. One is a run running North-South (22.5km) of the country, and the other running West-East (41.8km) of the country. The former translates to slightly more than a half-marathon, which we can estimate we can run within approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes (and hopefully less) under humid conditions, the other a full-marathon, which we estimate taking us 5 hours, or less, hopefully. With these two runs, Kaidie, the partially-imaginary figure, runs the entire country. Read this statement in any way you wish. We will complete this exercise wthin our lifetime, this life. When we do realise this endeavour, do recall that you read it here, first, my Dear Reader.

While we are at it, some of you may also recall a stubborn shin splint and tendonitis that we experienced for a couple of months over Summer, on our right leg. You may be pleased to know that they are not so lonely any more, as we have introduced them to our left leg as well. We now have very well-balanced limps (and Lives). As they say, life goes on, or rather, Lives go on.

Our GPS track (in green) records of our locomotion in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the image on the right as the most detailed.

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  1. Hapless

    Why does Kaidie feel the need to make up for her (enormous!) carbon footprint? How does her running make up for her (enormous!) carbon footprint? Is Kaidie good? Is Kaidie bad?

    Nov 20, 2010 @ 22:18


  2. 3rdlifekaidie

    Hi Hapless,
    You are absolutely right – running does absolutely nothing to ‘make up’ for our (enormous!) carbon footprint! the way to not contribute to the footprints is to not fly in the first place (or to not live!) Nonetheless we are of course too bloody selfish to do that. Hence we do what we can, as a (pathetic) gesture – if we have to pay physically, at least we will think twice about flying! Warmest regards
    Kaidie

    Nov 25, 2010 @ 08:34


  3. Hapless

    Could be that with Kaidie’s babylessness and her carlessness her carbon footprint is not as big as at first thought, or as she imagines (no bloody surprise there!). Maybe she could fly around the world several times like Superman and not even come close to the average 1st Lifers Yeti-like, flat footed planet plundering splat. Indeed it might be as small as Kadie’s first life footprint – cue sound of mischievous elves making tiny shiny shoes from the skin of a salmon in the deep, dark forest.

    Nov 27, 2010 @ 17:22


  4. 3rdlifekaidie

    Hi Hapless,
    Indeed, being babylessness (we will save the world from the sight of mini-mes puttering about and creating more carbon footprints!) and carlessness (no license to kill! Nor sense of direction!) slightly reduces our carbon footprints – but make no mistakes about us being no better than any other Yeti-like, flat footed planet plundering splat! Flying (or running) round the globe several times over ala Superman sounds like the tour of a lifetime (or a few lifetimes) indeed!! How long will that take, we wonder? Till the cows come home and the sun goes down and up and down and up again? Or rather, as Groucho Marx says in Duck Soup: ‘I could dance with you till the cows come home. On second thoughts, I’d rather dance with the cows till you came home.’ …
    Kaidie x

    Dec 06, 2010 @ 11:45

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