Apr 12, 2017

I’ve had a good time running in Monaco these past three days, on each occasion passing the  Monte Carlo Casino. It’s a very hilly place so there’s been plenty of up and down. Each day I headed down to the harbour and around the lower streets, before running back up the hill to my hotel. The officials are preparing for the Monaco Grand Prix, and there’s a huge amount of temporary seating down on the waterfront. By the way, I met Prince Albert the other day, and sat next to the Foreign Minister of Monaco at dinner in the casino. It’s not running news, but I thought I’d mention it anyway.

Believe it or not, this photo was taken at an altitude of 8,000 feet in the Colorado Rockies. The whole day of running was virtually dead flat and along a totally straight road, as evidenced in the photo. The region is a high plateau and not unlike a desert in places.



On This Day


Apr 12, 2012

Distance today = 54.01 km; Total distance = 4925.26 km; Location = Santa Fe West, New Mexico – 35 38.384′ N, 106 00.900′ W; Start time = 0912, Finish time = 1729



It was the “Day of the Depleted Batteries”. Not only did my GPS watch battery give out earlier than normal, but my phone inexplicably did too. And they were just the electronic batteries – my own internal battery was running low as well. I just didn’t have it today; not at the start, and certainly not at the end.

I’m not sure of the reason for all these battery issues – perhaps it was due to solar flares. Just a theory, especially as my auxilliary Garmin took forever to find the satellites. Satellites are often the most vulnerable during unusual solar activity.

I did pass the milestone of 3,000 km in the US today, but it was otherwise a bit of a slog. The small town of Madrid is definitely worth a look if you’re in the Santa Fe area.

That’s all for now. Tune in again tomorrow for the next instalment.


Apr 12, 2013

Distance today = 50.82 km; Total distance = 19,384.94 km; Location = Overmallebarn, Austria – 48 27.187′ N, 16 09.706′ E; Start time = 0822, Finish time = 1658


By the time I’d run 13 km today, I had reached my 12th country of the world run so far – Austria.  These days there are no border checks, but a quarter of a century ago I would have been figuratively running through the Iron Curtain. It’s much easier now.

The road, before and after the border, was not ideal for running. There was far too much traffic, but I don’t let it faze me anymore. As long as I’m making reasonable progress, I’m happy enough. An amusing highlight of the morning was passing a town called Windpassing.

After lunch, at the 35 km mark, I was able to get on to a much quieter road that paralleled the freeway. The rest of the day was quite pleasant.

We struggled with accommodation again. Apparently there is a major table tennis tournament on this weekend, along with the Vienna Marathon. I finished on the far outskirts of Vienna, but the shortage of accommodation even extends right out to here. We have found a hotel, but it has no internet. It looks like we’ll have to go down to the local McDonald’s to upload this blog. I am scheduled to run into Vienna tomorrow – it may be very hard finding accommodation.

As we’ll only be in Austria and Slovakia for a few days, we are going to use our Czech SIMs on roaming, which means there’ll be no data and, hence, no live tracker for the next few days. I am also having trouble getting the tracker to update in McDonald’s tonight. I’m sure it will be fine when I get a new SIM card.