Jun 10, 2015

Only two weeks now until my book is available. The interest among the media is building too. One national newspaper will be reviewing the book, and it’s likely one of the major national television programs will be featuring an interview too – certainly a great way to increase awareness of the book.

I was thinking of a shorter (and easier) time trial tomorrow – a mile or even just 1 km – as a way to give myself a more restful week. However, I’m feeling pretty good so I might do another 5 km time trial. Three weeks ago I managed 18:16. If I do run 5 km tomorrow morning the obvious target will be to see how close I can get to 18 minutes (my all time best is 16:34, but that was 25 years ago).

In regard to the above, here’s a little advice for young runners starting out, and even for longer term runners who may not have done so in the past – there is much to gain by logging your daily running efforts, especially the harder efforts. Over the years, I’ve found it invaluable to look back at my race times and speed sessions, as well as the overall distances I was running and how these correlated with the race times. For example, I just looked through last year’s log book and noted that I ran 5 km on June 19 in 18:46. I also ran 3 km on June 11 last year in 10:56. Doing 5 km tomorrow (June 11 also) will provide me with important information in relation to how I’m faring this year in comparison to last year – very important for setting realistic goals for upcoming race times.

Today’s photo is very similar to the last – but for a reason. It’s of a different California freeway, this time a 12-lane road near San Francisco. Once again, I took the photo as I passed over the top of the freeway. The point is, most freeways look very similar and it’s very boring running on them. That’s why I generally chose not to – although the was no option in California anyway, as freeways are barred for pedestrians and cyclists.




On This Day


Jun 10, 2012

Distance today = 50.81 km; Total distance = 7576.11 km; Location = Oxbow, North Dakota  – 46 41.185′ N, 96 47.941′ W; Start time = 0832, Finish time = 1631


A much cooler one today, with some light rain to finish with. I just didn’t feel like I had much energy either. It could be just a lagging reaction to all the hot days earlier in the week.

It’s not like I haven’t experienced hot weather before. Of course, in Sydney it can often be over 40 C in summer. But there’s a big distinction between running for an hour on such days at 7 am, and running for seven hours through the middle of a day like that. The fact that I’m managing these conditions gives me confidence for the months ahead.

When Carmel went ahead to find accommodation for the night, she enlisted the help of the GPS system in the car. When she went in to the place it had directed her to, she found she was in a retirement village. Mmmmm, maybe in a few years time!


Jun 10, 2013

Distance today = 40.28 km; Total distance = 21,303.47 km; Location = Belhus, Western Australia – 31 48.624′ S, 116 00.047′ E; Start time = 0910, Finish time = 1648


I am now on my way across Australia. As usual, though, the first day after a break has resulted in some soreness, but it should only take me a few days to back into the groove.

We flew from Sydney to Perth yesterday, along with Grace, and were picked up at the airport by our friend, Robyn. We hadn’t seen Robyn for a few years, so we stopped by her place and enjoyed a bottle of French champagne.

From there, it was off to Shane and Denise’s, where we stayed the night. Many thanks to them for a wonderful meal and accommodation, to Robyn for the picking us up at the airport, and also to Julie and Wayne, who dropped off a car for us to use during the next few weeks. We really appreciate all the help and generosity from all these friends in Perth.

It was also great to catch up with old friends, Brynn and Kim, who came to dinner with their children, Kieran and Meg. They’re now 27 and 25, but we hadn’t seen them since they were young kids.

We all met at Cottesloe Beach this morning for breakfast, before I headed off from the water’s edge, running with Kieran and Meg. Everyone formed a guard of honour for me to run through, which was a nice way to start. Kieran and Meg ran with me for 15 km, into the city centre of Perth, having passed Julie and her daughter, Steph, on the banks of the Swan River.

At this point, we were met by Craig and Claire from Channel 9 in Perth. They did some filming and an interview. I then continued on along the river. Grace ran the last 4 km with me, finishing among the vineyards in the Swan Valley. With everything that happened during the day, it was a little shorter than normal, but that suited me fine.

Tonight we’re staying with more old friends, Warren and Judy, who we haven’t seen for more than 11 years. Catching up with everyone has been a great way to start my run across Australia.