Dec 4, 2015

I’d like to mention a great recent initiative in running called the Run Down Under. It’s a virtual race around Australia on a defined course. Participants log their results online each time they run, with the distance added to their cumulative total around the country. This shows up on a map and you can see where you are in your race around Australia relative to other runners.

If you want an incentive to get out on the road each day and run further than you might have, and with a more interesting perspective to look forward to at the end of each run, then I strongly recommend you sign up for the Run Down Under on www.rundownunder.com.au. The next version of the race starts on January 1, so make sure you sign up this month. You don’t have to live in Australia to be part of the race.

I noted on the news this morning that the perpetrators of the most recent mass shooting in California lived in the town of Redlands, about 100 km east of Los Angeles. This was a town I ran through on my run around the world. In fact, we stayed a night in a motel in Redlands and ate at a nice Thai restaurant there. I guess it’s true of every place where atrocities occur – it just seemed like such a normal and peaceful town with people going about their daily lives. You just never know what lurks within.

Today’s photo is from the top of Mont Ventoux in Provence, France. This was taken after one of my three ascents to the top of the huge mountain on Sept 15, 2011. I rode each of the three different ascents on the one day, which is one of the iconic achievements for a cyclist – 15,000 feet of climbing in the one day. It was fantastic training for my upcoming world run, which began just a few months later.




On This Day


Dec 4, 2012

Distance today = 46.64 km; Total distance = 15,370.92 km; Location = General Rodriguez, Argentina (8 km east of) – 34 35.043′ S, 58 52.829′ W; Start time = 0858, Finish time = 1708


Sorry for the lateness of this report – more on the reason for that later.

Today was not so hot or humid, and a gentle headwind provided a cooling breeze. I even had a new freeway construction to run on. It was on the left side of the highway and was yet to open, so I had it all to myself.

This lasted through the morning, until I headed into the town of Lujan. I was surprised here to see an amusement park, including a rollercoaster, and an enormous cathedral. It was almost as big as the largest ones in Europe. Although relatively young (finished in 1937), it is 106 metres tall.

Nearing the end of the day, drama struck again. Running through an area that resembled a shanty town, I was set upon by a pack of dogs. One of them bit me, resulting in blood running down the back of my leg. This will be a test for my immune system.

And then we had hotel problems. Carmel had looked for one earlier, only to have a near meltdown when the GPS system took her down boggy roads no wider than a car – only to find the hotel didn’t even exist. After I finished running, we tried seven hotels before finding one that wasn’t full. Well, there is a little more to that story. Two of the hotels were “pay by the hour” establishments, used by working girls. We didn’t know what was going on at first, with only a tiny hole in a brick wall to talk into at “reception”. We thought the rates – about $35 – were good for a night. If we’d stayed all night, however – let’s say, 12 hours – it would have cost $420. Luckily we cottoned on to the situation and hightailed it.

We finally found a fantastic place, not too far from where I finished the day’s running. Tomorrow, it’s on to the Atlantic Ocean.