25.Aug.2014

Aug 25, 2014

This morning was the best run I’ve had since the injury. It’s definitely on the mend. I can’t push off hard from the left leg yet, but at least that leg is doing some work now.

I’m pleased to have had a good running experience this morning, as today marks a huge milestone – something I’ve alluded to in recent weeks.

This morning’s run marked ten years of running without a day off. That’s right – the last day I didn’t run at least one kilometre was August 25, 2004. That’s 3,652 days in a row (there have been two leap years in the interim). And, over those 3,652 days I’ve averaged more than 18.45 km per day, a total of 67,388 km. Admittedly, 26,232 of those kilometres were covered in 622 days during the world run.

Having attained a ten year unbroken sequence of running, will I have a break? I’m not planning to, but there is now less internal pressure to be so diligent. And if you think it’s some sort of record, let me say that I heard earlier this year of a guy who hasn’t had a day off in 45 years. Wow!

BTW, on the handful of occasions when I ran the minimum of 1 km, it was usually at an airport during a short stopover on a long haul flight from London. There was simply no other opportunity on those days.

 

On This Day

 

Aug 25, 2012

Distance today = 46.97 km; Total distance = 10,568.26 km; Location = Iuka, Mississippi – 34 48.403′ N, 88 10.882′ W; Start time = 0918, Finish time = 1705

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/214890019

I’ve become the Pied Piper of dogs. Today a young dog followed me for miles – all the way to my finishing point. We had to put him in the car and drive him back to where I first encountered the dog. He wasn’t happy when I bundled him out of the car and we drove off, but adopting a dog at the moment is definitely not feasible.

My two milestones for the day were: 250 marathons completed so far on the run around the world, and eight years now without a day off from running. Even during times like my recent break, I still ran a few kilometres each day. I believe its this consistency during the past eight years which has allowed me to manage day after day of 50 km or more.

Many readers will have seen the current video from the Today Show in Australia. There is one correction I’d like to make in regard to the narration. Cameron Williams’ comments implied I walked with some running. Many people make the same assumption, and it has taken me a long time to realise why. It appears to be because of the term “on foot” in the expression Fastest Circumnavigation of the World on Foot. For some reason, this seems to conjure up the image of walking in people’s minds. While walking, running, and any combination of the two, is allowed under the rules, I estimate I have run about 98% of the distance so far, and walked only 2%. And almost all this walking has been while eating, drinking, answering the phone, or checking the maps.

Thanks to the Sunset Lodge in Iuka for providing us with a very generous discount on the room for tonight.

 

Aug 25, 2013

Distance today = 57.21 km; Total distance = 25,358.05 km; Location = Tatura East, Victoria – 36 26.284’ S, 145 18.824′ E; Start time = 0815, Finish time = 1701

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/364572327

It was a very big day for Dave, breaking Eric’s month old record for the greatest distance run with me in a day. He covered 57 km, which is easily his biggest day of running ever.

The first part of the day was run with Jeff, who was with us for 13 km before Guen picked him up and they headed back to Melbourne. That brings his total to 131 km, putting him comfortably in third place in the Aggregate category. We’ll next see Jeff and Guen on the final day of the run into Sydney.

Lunch was in the town of Murchison, which I last visited in 2007 on the Tour de Bois. There’s a great bakery in Murchison, and we made good use of it.

From there, it was on to Tatura, on a busy and very straight road. My last visit to this town was only two years ago, when I did a big run as part of my training for the current challenge.

Today marked nine years since I’ve had a day off from running. Admittedly, there have been a few very short days of a kilometre or two, but I have managed to average 19.3 km per day over those nine years. I’m sure that sort of consistency is what has allowed me to manage the world run as well as I have.

Anyhow, congratulations to Dave. Today also took him to a total of 209 km, within striking range of Chook’s 272 km in the Aggregate category.

The Hud will be running with me next Thursday. Will he annihilate Dave’s efforts to win the Single Day category, just as Dave has annihilated Eric’s efforts, and as Eric did to Chook before him? We will know soon enough.