19.Jun.2014

Jun 19, 2014

Three weeks ago I ran 5 km in 18:55. Today I did the same course in 18:46 (3:50, 3:53, 3:45, 3:45; 3:33).

Like last week with the 3 km course, I was a little disappointed in the marginal improvement. I have some ideas as to why I seem to be performing well in the Monday interval session, but not so well in the Thursday time trial. I’ll need to test these theories a little more before I can be sure. One thing I am sure about, today’s time indicates I’d be lucky to go much under the hour for the City to Surf. I need to improve.

The last week or two has seen both the current world runners – Tony Mangan and Kevin Carr – running on the same roads as I did during my world run. Tony has been running from Istanbul to Harmanli in Bulgaria along the exact same route as I took, but in reverse. Kevin has been running up the east coast of the South Island of NZ on the same road as I took, and in the same direction. Check them out on www.theworldjog.com and www.hardwayround.com respectively.

 

On This Day

 

Jun 19, 2012

Distance today = 51.14 km; Total distance = 8034.65 km; Location = Hermantown, Minnesota – 46 49.124′ N, 92 10.536′ W; Start time = 0853, Finish time = 1730

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/190796706

Thunder, lightning, torrential rain, mud, fog, and mosqitoes. That pretty much sums up the day.

I began on the dirt road I finished on yesterday, after a night of heavy rain. Dirt roads and heavy rain don’t mix well, and I was constantly dodging puddles. And when I stopped, the mosquitoes were unbelievable. Even with repellent on, they were still having a go. After 23 km of this, I finally reached a paved road, which seemed to deter the mozzies.

Then the rain really started. There was lightning cracking all around me, and deafening thunderclaps. The rain was so heavy at times, it was like running through a shallow swimming pool. And then the fog rolled in. Apparently it’s common for these fogs from Lake Superior to head inland.

But I survived, and with a good 51 km under my belt. The big milestone today was passing the 8,000 km mark. Only 18,232 km to go. Mmmmmm, maybe I shouldn’t think of it that way!

 

Jun 19, 2013

Distance today = 60.09 km; Total distance = 21,789.43 km; Location = Coolgardie, WA (60 km west of) – 31 08.735’ S, 120 36.355′ E; Start time = 0807, Finish time = 1737

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/330117016

Sorry to have missed yesterday’s blog. If you haven’t already, have a read of that one first.

I began this morning in thick fog, with Grace running the first 6 km with me. She had also run the last 5 km with me yesterday, though in very different conditions.

The girls went ahead into Coolgardie fairly early, and dropped off a lot of drinks and food along the way. This worked well. Carmel picked me up later in the day, about 60 km west of Coolgardie. I will run into Coolgardie tomorrow. The tracker, however, is showing me there already, but my official position is 60 km to the west.

I did it a bit tougher than yesterday. It was not an easy day, with very long straight sections of road, bordered by scrubby bush. There was not a single building along the whole course today – it was very remote. There were probably as many road trains as there were cars on the road, but the traffic was not heavy.

Due to the commute to the start this morning, I didn’t finish the 60 km until just after dark. There is plenty of room for me to run on the side of the road, but I still seem to spook the drivers when they see me emerge into their headlights.

I have a long commute to the start tomorrow, so will probably finish in the dark again, but at least I will be finishing at the motel.