Jul 30, 2015

Today was planned as my last Centennial Park time trial ahead of the City to Surf in ten days. However, I felt really sluggish in the warmup, as I did when I ran yesterday. I had absolutely no spring in my step at all. In fact, it was the complete opposite – my legs felt like lead. I knew I had virtually no hope of setting a recent PB around the park. But I decided to do the lap anyway, pushing as hard as was comfortable. My philosophy was to use it as just a training run.

It’s a bit hard to interpret the result. I ran 13:52, which was 8 seconds slower than last time, and 11 seconds slower than my best in recent years, which I ran four weeks ago. But it’s only 8 seconds faster than the time I ran at the equivalent stage last year. My legs felt heavy the whole time and I couldn’t have gone much faster. But my lungs were very comfortable throughout – it was definitely less painful than on recent occasions.

I’m split between interpreting it as a sign that I’ve peaked too early, or putting it down to one of those “bad patches” that occur from time to time (and I’ve certainly experienced that phenomenon in the past). I guess I’ll know in ten days. In the absence of further evidence, however, today’s run would suggest a City to Surf time in the 56s, not the 54s I’m aiming to run.

The photo for the day was taken in the Garden of the Gods, a series of amazing landforms near Colorado Springs (in Colorado, of course). Another great place to run.




On This Day


Jul 30, 2012

Distance today = 51.14 km; Total distance = 9964.07 km; Location = Farmington, Missouri – 37 47.273′ N, 90 25.243′ W; Start time = 0856 Finish time = 1705


It was a beautiful run today, through thick Missouri forests on quiet back roads. It was a pity it was 37 C and extremely humid. This detracted from my enjoyment of the day.

Carmel and Hannah had to stay with me for much of the day to ensure I was adequately hydrated. I had not realised it could get so humid in the centre of the country, but the forests lining the Mississippi River seem to trap the moisture. I was completely soaked in sweat all day long.

I just saw an amazing statistic on the weather report. The average July temperature for St Louis this year has been 99.5 F (37.5 C). There have been more days above 100 F than in any previous July in recorded history. It’s predicted to be 101 F tomorrow.

My milestone for the day was that I reached 5,000 miles run in the US. I have a big milestone coming up tomorrow, in case you didn’t know. Unfortunately, I know it’s going to be very uncomfortable.


Jul 30, 2013

Distance for today = 53.25 km; Total distance = 23,992.97 km; Location = Yacka, SA – 33 37.128’ S, 138 26.824′ E; Start time = 0823, Finish time = 1653


Another solid day, as I moved south in to the Clare Valley. I expect we’ll be enjoying a few nice reds in the days to come.

Earlier in the day I passed through the towns of Gladstone and Georgetown, both historic and quaint, with well documented plaques and photographs showing each in its heyday. The remainder of the day was through lovely green farming country.

We are still travelling with Bernie and Lesley, whose generosity we greatly appreciate. Last night we were also joined by Bob and Sue Quin, as well as Reefton Humblewood and Sarita.

Quinny is one of the legends of the Tour de Bois, and his witty plays on words are now universally known as Quinisms. Reefton, despite possessing one of the most lyrical and unique names in the world, is also known by many alternatives, including Rodney Holmes a’Coy and Yorso Veinenshort. We should all have a great time over the next few days.