Jul 25, 2016

A big start to the week – I ran 66 km today, which is my longest run since the 108 km I covered in Florida in November. I was tired at the beginning, so I was very pleased to finish quite strongly. In fact, my energy levels hardly varied all day – a bit tired at the start, a bit tired in the middle, and a bit tired at the end.

One again, I ran a loop of the 4 km course I’ll be using for the 12 hour even on August 12. I did this between kilometres 53 and 57 in today’s run, and managed to do so in 21:38. That was 24 seconds faster than the corresponding occasion last week. I reiterate, however, I will not be running that fast for 12 hours.

Another milestone today – I am now averaging more than 11.5 km per day for the past 12,216  days. That’s more than a third of a century of this daily average, and a total of 140,516 km in that time.

This photo sees me running through Colorado, with the peaks of the Rockies in the background. I never found the Rockies very steep. The peaks themselves would have been steep, but I didn’t have to run up those. The highways through the mountain range (and between the peaks) were much gentler.


Pikes Peak


On This Day


Jul 25, 2012

Distance today = 50.24 km; Total distance = 9706.58 km; Location = Palmer, Illinois – 39 27.078′ N, 89 24.971′ W; Start time = 0854 Finish time = 1705



I am going to have to mention the heat again. I have just watched the weather report, and the temperature in St Louis (the closest city to me) reached an all-time record today of 107 F (42 C). There have been 24 deaths attributed to the heat in that city alone.

The thermometer at lunch time, where I was sitting in the sun, read 140 F (60 C). Have a look at the photos on the Home page. This is outrageously hot, and I would not recommend running in it.

I think I’m a bit like a frog in a saucepan of water as it heats up. As the temperature rises incrementally during the day, I fail to really notice it. It’s all relative in the end. However, after sitting for a few minutes in the air-conditioned car, I can’t believe it when I get out to start running again. It really feels like a furnace. Thankfully, the temperature is predicted to be lower tomorrow – but still mid 30s C.

Over the past day, I have run past the city of Springfield, Illinois. As many are aware, The Simpsons live in Springfield, however, there is some debate as to which of the several Springfields in the US is supposed to be the home of Homer. Given that there is a nuclear power plant within easy commuting distance from the city, this makes the Illinois Springfield a likely candidate. But I think the harder evidence is the fact that, not far away, is the town of Shelbyville, the arch-rival of Springfield – my run today bisected the route between the two towns. And there’s even a Moe’s Bar in town. I should have run by and checked to see if Homer was there.