Apr 15, 2014
I finally managed a long run yesterday. It was the furthest since September 11, two days before I finished the world run at the Opera House. I covered 40 km in total and was pretty tired by the end. My legs felt good, but I’d be lying if I said the heel was perfect. I suspect I’ve now overloaded it, but I can’t see it stopping me from participating in the Oxfam 100 km Trailwalker on May 2. It was quite sore for much of the run; something I may have to get used to during the next two weeks. I can rest it after the event.
Good news regarding my book about the world run. The publisher I sent it to, one of the world’s better known ones, is keen to publish my story. However, it’s unlikely to be in the stores until next year. Hopefully readers will feel it’s worth the wait.
Once again, click on the link below to view a range of videos from the world run.
On This Day
Apr 15, 2012
Distance today = 56.93 km; Total distance = 5057.18 km; Location = Taos – 36 22.949′ N, 105 35.199′ W; Start time = 0910, Finish time = 1728
Another long day in the cold (it snowed on the mountains last night), with a really long hill thrown in after half way. After a brief one day respite at 1,800 metres elevation, I’m back above 2,100 metres again.
Most of the run was along the upper reaches of the Rio Grande, including a long section in the Rio Grande Gorge – quite spectacular.
Not much else to report. I’m now in the town of Taos, which has a long history. In fact, in 1760, Comanche Indians kidnapped sixty women from the town. Many years later, one of them found her way back to the town to be reunited with her son.
There are two Garmin reports today, as the watch battery gave out again – it does not like long days in the cold.
Apr 15, 2013
Distance today = 35.28 km; Total distance = 19,514.66 km; Location = Mosonmagyarovar – 47 52.337′ N, 17 16.184′ E; Start time = 0819, Finish time = 1354
Awoke to a stunning day. Perfect temperatures and clear blue skies. Once again, I was running with shorts and a T-shirt.
I headed out of Bratislava and was soon in the countryside. It is incredibly flat here in the Danube Valley. About half-way through my run, I reached the old border station, between what was then Czechoslovakia and Hungary. It has been essentially demolished by vandals, with broken windows and holes in the walls. At that point, I had made it to the 14th country of my world run – Hungary.
I finished early in the town of Mosonmagyarovar. We picked up new Hungarian SIM cards, and then headed back to Vienna to meet Jo, Dave, Sue, and Greg. Remember, I will be having a day off from the world run tomorrow, catching up with them. I’ll resume on Wednesday, where I left off today.
There should be plenty of stories over the next week so, as our friends travel with us. The guys will be doing some running with me too. For those with good memories, you might recall that Greg, aka The Hud, ran with me on Day 1 of the world run, from the Sydney Opera House to Bondi Beach.