Apr 19, 2013

Distance today = 59.02 km; Total distance = 19,675.56 km; Location = Budapest – 47 29.966′ N, 19 02.365′ E; Start time = 0827, Finish time = 1806


I chalked up a couple of milestones today. It was my longest run in more than a year – since April 3, 2012. I have also now passed the 75% mark of the run. Only one-quarter to go.

But I wasn’t the only one to achieve something today. While The Hud ran 20 km with me, Dave broke Chook’s record for the furthest anyone has run with me – he did 39 km today. Chook won’t be pleased, but he still holds the record for the greatest cumulative distance, with over a hundred kilometres.

Last night we met a local ex-Scot, Don Dawson, and his 17 year old daughter, Yolanda. Don is a very keen ultra-runner, and will be doing a 55 km race tomorrow. Yolanda had just finished 8th in the Hungarian national cross-country championships yesterday. She was very pleased.

This morning, Don came out and ran the first 8 km with Dave and me, before running back. It was good to get some inside knowledge as to the quietest route to take. The pace was a bit slow for Don, but it will do him good, given his race tomorrow.

It was a very long day into Budapest, but it was worth it, as it will give me more time to enjoy and explore the city. The temperature reached 31C, according to my thermometer – such a contrast to recent months.