28.Apr.2017

Apr 29, 2017

Just some shorts runs over the past few days, including one in Perth yesterday. In fact, I ran by the river, along exactly the same part of the course I ran on the first day of the trans-Australian leg of my world run. Running along a part of the world run course always brings back fond and vivid memories.

I’ll be doing a long run tomorrow down the south coast, as I won’t have time to do so as part of my usual Monday long run – I have to do an interview with ABC TV that morning instead.

This photo was snapped in Arizona, near Prescott. It was during a surprise snow storm – at least it was a surprise to me. I wasn’t prepared for it, and ended up being very cold that day. Thankfully it was a planned short day – only 40 something kilometres.

 

 

On This Day

 

Apr 29, 2012

Distance today = 50.91 km; Total distance = 5766.60 km; Location = Golden, Colorado – 39 43.340′ N, 105 11.481′ W; Start time = 0850, Finish time = 1622

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/174235487 (retrospectively added)

Before I begin, I’d like to thank Peter Evans once again for the wonderful hospitaility that he and his daughter, Vicki, showed us last night and this morning. It was very much appreciated.

I wasn’t really looking forward to running today. Denver is a nice city, but it has lots of suburbs, and I’ve been running through suburbia for the past 30 years (minus the last four months, of course). But if you’re going to run through suburbia, do it on a Sunday and do it in Denver.

It was actually a very pleasant run. The weather conditions were perfect and I found a cycle path along a small river in the centre of the city. I passed hundreds of cyclists, which is indicative of a good city. I even passed right by the Denver Broncos new stadium – very impressive.

The afternoon entailed a long section along West Colfax Avenue. This road reminded me a lot of Parramatta Road in Sydney, heading west out of the city towards the mountains, and replete with numerous used car yards and fast food outlets.

It’s always good to be surprised by having a nice run when you think it is going to be a hard day to get through. The only downside is that you then start to think all days can be like that, which is wishful thinking.

 

 

Apr 29, 2013

Distance today = 50.97 km; Total distance = 20,171.59 km; Location = Markovac, Serbia – 44 14.978′ N, 21 05.797′ E; Start time = 0823, Finish time = 1724

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/305263907

A good solid day of running today – nothing special to report. The mercury did hit 36 C (97 F), but I felt fine.

It was a flat day again, through numerous small Serbian villages. There were lots of paths by the road, so it was my best day in quite a while in that regard – there was hardly any running in the traffic.

Just a bit of background on Serbia, for those who are unaware. In more recent times, Serbia has become known for tennis, with several highly ranked current and former players originating from here, including the men’s world number one, Novak Djokovic.

However, many would be unaware of another Serbian who, arguably, has had a greater effect on the lives of everyone alive today than any other person. Nikola Tesla was the greatest electrical engineer who has ever lived, and so much of what we rely on today can be traced back to him, including AC power. I won’t go into a lecture on Tesla here, but if you take time to Google him, you will be astounded at the number of ways he has impacted modern life – probably the greatest ever Serbian, and one of the greatest minds the world has ever known.

PS One of the down-sides of the now warm weather is mosquitoes. A beautifully warm night in an outside restaurant is being somewhat spoiled by these pests.