Apr 27, 2014

After much doubt as recently as a month ago, it is now clear I’ll be making it to the starting line of the Oxfam 100 km Trailwalker event in Melbourne on Friday. And if I start, I usually finish. The real question is the time. I may be the weak link in the team on this occasion, but I’m still hopeful I, and therefore we, can finish in around 15 hours. The whole event is based on raising funds for the great work Oxfam does, so please donate via our team called Dorjee’s Peak (click on the link below).


I did my last longish run this morning; a half marathon distance in 1:55. I felt fine, although I got soaked by torrential rain. It was a far cry from my half marathon PB of 73:50, but still faster than I’ve run over that distance in several years. I’ll back off the training now, as there’s only five days until the event.

On Friday I’ll post regular updates via Twitter on to the tomsnextstep.com web site. You’ll be able to see how we’re going, as well as how we’re tracking in regard to our target time.


On This Day


Apr 27, 2012

Distance today = 54.10 km; Total distance = 5669.05 km; Location = Cherry Valley – 39 14.218′ N, 104 41.764′ W; Start time = 0819, Finish time = 1619


It’s easy to tell that I’m on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains. The landscape now is in stark contrast to the desert-like vegetation I’ve been running by this past couple of months. Today was a mix of mountain streams, rolling hills, rustic farming country, and pine forests that afforded me cover from the strong winds which blew up as the day progressed.

I ran out of Colorado Springs this morning on a bike path that hugged a fast flowing stream. This stroke of luck was thanks to Mark, a local who was going to run with me during the morning but got caught up with work commitments. He called me instead and told me about the path.

The latter part of the morning was a steady climb of 500 metres, much of it through a lovely forest. At the top of the climb I exited the forest into an exposed area, only to reaslise there was a gale blowing (the forest had totally protected me from the wind).

However, as I descended again, I picked up a bit more cover from the rolling hillls, and the conditions became more pleasant. The last part of the day reminded me a lot of the region between Neville and Newbridge, south of Bathurst in New South Wales. Admittedly, there was a lot more traffic, and I was three times higher in elevation, but the landscape was very similar to look at.

As the ever alert JD noticed yesterday, I was approaching 50 km of cumulative vertical ascent for the world run so far. Well, I passed that milestone today. That means I’ve almost climbed the equivalent of six times from sea level to the top of Mount Everest. I wonder how many more Mount Everests I’ll climb before the end of this endeavour? (it turned out to be 25 times).

Anyone who has been following the tracker will have noticed that it is working regularly again. This is because I have had T-Mobile reception since hitting Colorado Springs yesterday. I expect this to be the case for at least the next few days.


Apr 27, 2013

Distance today = 46.27 km; Total distance = 20,070.25 km; Location = Belgrade – 44 48.748′ N, 20 25.960′ E; Start time = 0858, Finish time = 1724


Quite a different run today. I was met on the road this morning by Simon and Greg, who had flown in to film a piece on my run for the Nine Network. It was an interesting and novel way to get through the day, with various footage recorded in towns, villages, and in the open countryside. Anyhow, I won’t go into too much detail here, as I’m sure you will get to see the real thing eventually – either on TV or later on this site. (see the video at the top of the web site).

It was another hot one, with a top of 32C (90F), and more cloudless skies. I felt the heat got to me a little today – I have certainly had easier days. But, with my mind taken off these issues by the filming, it ended up easier than it might have been.

Tonight we’re in Belgrade. We’ll be doing some more filming tomorrow morning, as I run through the old town and out of the city, on my way toward Bulgaria.