Feb 11, 2015

Yesterday I ran another big day of hills. Coincidentally, it amounted to 360 metres (1100 feet) of uphill again, just like last week. I felt even stronger this time, and also faster every time I got on to a flat section.

The Anzac Ultra has had a change in the course, resulting in a reduction of 5 km. It’s now 140 km long. That might not sound like a lot, but if I’m suffering at the end, I’m really going to appreciate not having to go that 5 km further.

Of late I’ve been engrossed in work related to the two big upcoming publications. Next month the Runner’s World feature will appear. This will be a major article and the culmination of a lot of work from the staff, not to mention Carmel and myself. I encourage everyone to buy a copy.

I’ve also been arranging the photos for the book about my run, which will appear in book stores on June 29. Needless to say, I also encourage everyone to buy a copy of that too. I should have more news about the book in coming weeks.


On This Day


Feb 11, 2013

Distance today = 50.09 km; Total distance = 16,349.30 km; Location = Cabanas, Spain – 41 03.347′ N, 04 06.063′ W; Start time = 0900, Finish time = 1703


My first day of snow in Europe so far!!! It wasn’t so bad, as most of the snow occurred overnight, and what fell during the day was very light. And I’ll tell you something for free – Spain isn’t lacking in hills.

We awoke to a white morning, which is always a bit daunting. There was still some snow falling when I set off, but it let up soon after. The cold tailwind obviously helped make the running easier.

There wasn’t much to see en route, other than the white fields, until I reached Segovia. This is an old Roman town with a very impressive aqueduct, which is still in pretty good condition.

The remainder of the afternoon was spent heading north, out of town. The last 5 km was through a canyon on a very quiet and forested road. The trees and canyon walls shielded me from the wind, so it was relatively quiet and peaceful as the snow gently fell.