Jul 27, 2015

I was still feeling quite a bit of residual fatigue and soreness in my calves this morning, particularly the right one. I’d planned a speed session and I was quite wary of attempting this given the current state of my legs. I really didn’t want to risk a calf strain this late in my City to Surf campaign. I remember all to well that last year I suffered the beginnings of my Achilles injury when I overdid the speed work after the Sutherland to Surf. It was that very injury which finally gave way during the City to Surf, preventing me from finishing the race and hindering me for more than six months afterwards.

But I decided to do a little speed work anyway, keeping it simple and easing off if I felt any worrying twinges. I ended up running my 230 metre (8% gradient) hill in 38.8, which was the fastest for several years. I then did 1 km in 3:09, feeling fairly comfortable, followed by a couple of other sprints and some skipping, leaping, and bounding drills. I finished with some standing high jumps, including five 87 cm vertical jumps (I’d try to jump even higher, but I don’t have a higher platform that’s safe enough to jump up to).

The pleasing thing was that I came through the session without any problems. I felt comfortable and the times were quite good. I’ll now aim for a lap of Centennial Park on Thursday.

The world run photo below was taken just south of Fairplay in Colorado, part of South Park County. This is the real South Park, and the store was a real store. It’s not a gimmick that’s trying to cash in on the cartoon series – the store bore this name well before the popular series ever appeared on TV. I can’t imagine how the creators of the show ever chose such a remote and sparsely populated region on which to base a television series.






On This Day


Jul 27, 2012

Distance today = 56.78 km; Total distance = 9813.97 km; Location = Edwardsville, Illinois – 38 47.332′ N, 89 58.733′ W; Start time = 0830 Finish time = 1746



I had the pleasure of running much of today on cycle trails. And when I wasn’t on these trails, I was on the old Route 66.

Early in the day I actually ran on remnants of Route 66 from 1930 to 1940. There should be a video of this on the Home page soon. A new section was then constructed and in use from 1940 to 1977, after which the nearby Interstate highway took over as the Route 66 section in this region.

I passed an original Shell petrol station in the town of Mt Olive that was constructed in 1926 and run by the same person until 1991. It only ever served Shell petrol to passing Route 66 motorists. The bowsers are still there and in perfect condition.

Soon after, I found myself on a cycle trail, and was rarely off one for the rest of the day. It was a long day, but it puts me very close to the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, which I will run by tomorrow. And Hannah arrives tomorrow to join us for nine days, from St Louis to Memphis.

Anyhow, that’s enough from me. Now it’s time to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony and the real athletes.


Jul 27, 2013

Distance for today = 49.01 km; Total distance = 23,826.43 km; Location = Port Augusta, SA – 32 28.650’ S, 137 45.749′ E; Start time = 0841, Finish time = 1619


You can’t have it all your own way. That was obvious from today’s conditions. Most of the run was into a fierce headwind on a busy road with steep and rocky shoulders. I can’t say I enjoyed it.

Eric backed up well, running another 25 km. However, he wisely used his discretion and baled out early – a luxury I don’t have. If this wind continues, at least it will be a tailwind for me tomorrow.

This afternoon saw the arrival of friends, Caroline and Tony. They have kindly driven Carmel’s car from Sydney to Port Augusta. This car will now assume the role of support vehicle, as Jeff and Michael will be heading back to Melbourne with the caravan in the morning.

We really appreciate the contribution of all these great friends – Jeff and Michael for supporting us across the Nullarbor, and Caroline and Tony for bringing the car over. What would we do without them?