10.Apr.2022

Apr 11, 2022

I’m inching ever closer to making that decision about minor surgery on my heel, should that be the recommendation when I get a professional opinion on it. As has been the case in past years, taking it easier results in it getting worse, likely due to it having more opportunity to plaster the split in the tendon with scar tissue. Let’s see how it goes over the coming weeks.

Three world run videos today, all from Czechia. One from Prague, one from a frozen lake in the countryside, and another from the wonderful town of Telc. It was about this date in 2013 that the weather started to warm up. Temperatures rose on average more than 20 C in a few days and never looked back.

 

Apr 8, 2013

 

Distance today = 50.71 km; Total distance = 19,174.14 km; Location = Benesov (6 km east of) – 49 45.289′ N, 14 45.913′ E; Start time = 0826, Finish time = 1647

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/295209756

Finally, I looked out the window this morning to find blue sunny skies. And, while I wouldn’t call it a warm day, it was certainly a lot warmer than recent days, especially this afternoon. It feels like spring is on its way.

I began with a run-by of the old town square and clock tower in Prague, and then headed out of the city. The run through the suburbs wasn’t as bad as I expected, and seemed to pass quite quickly. There was a long and gradual climb, and I finally got to look back and see the city nestled in its bowl, far behind me.

After that, the day continued to be very hilly, as I ran along the 603. I finished the day about 6 km east of the town of Benesov, where we’re staying in a very nice four star hotel called the Bellevue, with great staff.

A minor milestone – I finished the day with a total “lifetime” mileage (since I started keeping records in 1983) of 120,000 km.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to a few people – to Veljko at the Hotel Residence Leon d’Oro in Prague, for organising free parking for us overnight. This is not an insignificant gesture, as parking costs are at a premium in the city. And also, a very big thanks to Kris and Ian Fraser for their heartfelt donation to Oxfam, on behalf of their father, Gene, a paraplegic for 35 years. I’m very thankful to everyone who donates to my charity of choice, but I feel that such a big donation, as was provided by Kris, Ian and Gene, deserves a special mention. Thanks again.

And I guess I’m a bit late for those in Australia, but a big birthday hello to all those we know with an April 8 birthday – Isobel T (21 today), Julie O, Xanthe F, Ruben M, Luke D-B, and a special hello to Roger S, Chairman of Next Digital, my generous sponsors. Sorry to anyone I may have forgotten.

 

Apr 9, 2013

 

Distance today = 52.06 km; Total distance = 19,226.20 km; Location = Pelhrimov (4 km north of) – 49 27.329′ N, 15 11.203′ E; Start time = 0829, Finish time = 1650

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/295628381

Another very hilly day. I no sooner went down one hill, than I had to start up another – almost nothing flat today.

It was a bit more grey today, but I did see some nice sun during the afternoon, and the temperatures must have gone close to reaching double figures. We’ll crack it soon.

The Bohemian countryside is becoming slightly greener as I move south. The grass has obviously been affected by being under snow for long periods this winter. There was still a lot of old snow on the ground today, and several reasonably sized lakes that were still completely frozen over. That’s amazing for April 9. That said, it won’t take too long for them to thaw if conditions like today continue.

The milestone for today was the website reaching half a million hits – and the hit counter was only added last October. If everyone tells a friend to start following the site, it should reach a million hits before I finish in September.

 

Apr 10, 2013

 

Distance today = 52.63 km; Total distance = 19,278.83 km; Location = Dacice – 49 05.057′ N, 15 26.229′ E; Start time = 0822, Finish time = 1714

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/296044631

Today was marked by variable weather. It was cold at times, though the temperature reached the mythical double figures for a while. I’d forgotten just how hot 10C feels – well, it does when you’re running with three layers on.

It wasn’t just the temperature. The skies ranged from overcast to brilliant sunshine, to heavy rain, to hail, then back to bright sunshine. And all within the space of an hour or so.

I also reached what I think was the highest altitude I’ve been at since the Pyrenees, and there was a full ground cover of snow up there. The ponds and small lakes were completely frozen over too.

The highlight of the day was the town of Telc. It has a main square that looks as original as it must have two hundred years or more ago. The buildings are in exceptionally good condition, and create a beautiful sight for a weary world runner’s eyes. Have a look at the photos to see what I mean.

 

Apr 11, 2013

 

Distance today = 55.29 km; Total distance = 19,334.12 km; Location = Znojmo – 48 51.419′ N, 16 02.833′ E; Start time = 0809, Finish time = 1718

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/296420868

Another big day, and one in which I struggled with my energy levels for most of it. It was only during the last 10 km that I actually felt quite strong.

It wasn’t quite as hilly as the past few days, but still reasonably formidable. It’s good running country, even if the roads are not ideal. At least they were mostly quiet today. And it was about 20 degrees warmer than a few days ago. I was down to a single layer of clothing, and I even had to roll the sleeves up to prevent getting too hot.

I finished in the unusually named town of Znojmo (don’t ask me to pronounce it). All the indications are that it’s quite historic, although I’m not exactly sure of its history. If I find out why, I’ll report back in tomorrow’s blog.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading south into Austria. I’ll reach Vienna on Saturday. Unbelievably, I am writing this with the window open and no shirt on. What a difference a few days makes.