Apr 19, 2017

I ended up running 35 km on Monday. After the initial (fairly quick) 24 km in the morning, I did another 11 km late in the afternoon. However, it was much slower and included a little bit of walking.

This might give readers a bit of an insight into how I’m approaching my training for the Big Red Run in the Simpson Desert. The first part of Monday’s running was pretty much standard running training. The second part had a different purpose – I wanted to simulate being tired and a little sore and, subsequently, to train the way I expect to be running when I feel that way toward the end of the six day event. I want my body and mind to know the feeling of being in that state yet continuing to run, with a touch of walking thrown in to ensure no injuries. Of course, I knew that feeling intimately when I was running around the world, but that was few years ago now. I need to relearn it.

Here’s another photo from the remote regions of New Mexico, a few days north of Albuquerque. In fact, this was taken not too far from the small town of Cuba. I reached Cuba during April with the sun shining brightly. For many readers, this will suggest a certain song.



On This Day


Apr 19, 2012

Distance today = 47.02 km; Total distance = 5260.86 km; Location = Monte Vista, Colorado – 37 36.736′ N, 106 08.973′ W; Start time = 0829, Finish time = 1534


I’m gradually making my way through the Rockies to Denver, but the geography of the mountains requires a more convoluted route than I might otherwise have taken. While the world running rules stipulate a predominantly easterly direction, it does allow for temporary westerly courses for geographic and logistical reasons, as is the case for me at the moment.

However, although it’s allowed, I find it very difficult, mentally, to run west – it seems like I’m going backwards. Anyhow, the westerly aspect is over now, and I head north tomorrow, then east towards Colorado Springs.

Today’s run was a little shorter than normal. I felt a little below par in the stomach during the middle of the day, but this improved in the afternoon. Just as I got into the town of Monte Vista, a strange combination of snow and hail began to fall. It was the icy equivalent of a sun shower, lasting just a few minutes, while the sun shone on.

Once again, the tracker is showing me not quite in the correct location. My position is actually a few kilometres north of the centre of Monte Vista.


Apr 19, 2013

Distance today = 59.02 km; Total distance = 19,675.56 km; Location = Budapest, Hungary – 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 31 C, according to my thermometer – such a contrast to recent months.