Jun 25, 2015

It was time for another fast 3 km today. Three weeks ago I ran a 10:26. Today I got this down to 10:16 (3:31, 3:28, 3:17; average 3:25). I’ve said before that I believe I need to run 10:10 or under if I’m to be a chance of beating my age at the City to Surf. So I only need another six seconds over the coming six weeks – but that doesn’t guarantee I’ll do it. Ideally I’d need to run under 10 minutes by then to have a high level of confidence of achieving the feat.

People should now be able to see the book on the shelves in book stores, although I checked one book store yesterday around midday and it wasn’t there yet. Several media outlets have picked up on the story, although there have been some bizarre segments on TV that have not even mentioned the book. Funny how bits of a story can get morphed into whatever the media find most interesting – a bit like Chinese whispers.

Today’s photo is another from the Grand Canyon, one of the greatest running destinations on Earth. I describe the experience quite extensively in the book.



On This Day


Jun 25, 2012

Distance today = 50.23 km; Total distance = 8322.59 km; Location = White Bear Lake, Minnesota – 45 05.439′ N, 93 00.379′ W; Start time = 0904, Finish time = 1741


Not a great day overall. I am having shoe problems. Right from the start of the day I could feel trouble. I am wearing brand new shoes for the first time since March (more recently I’ve been alternating old pairs that I’ve worn over the past year or so). This is often a difficult time, as the wear pattern suddenly changes.

The new shoes aren’t worn on the outside, so I tend to pronate more than I have been. This has caused the inside of my right ankle to become sore again (same issue from several weeks ago). I tried orthotics this morning, but that didn’t work. I even ran without an inner sole for a short while. I finally used toilet paper, folded into an appropriate shape, to build up the inner side of my right shoe. I also took out the laces from both shoes, as these are totally superfluous. Things improved, so hopefully I’m on to a solution.

The problem with the right ankle started when I accidentally trod on a rock and rolled my ankle inwards (the opposite to a normal ankle roll). I didn’t think much of it at the time, but it slowly began to give me trouble. I have treated it over the past few weeks and the problem had virtually disappeared, until now. One option is to go back to the worn shoes, but that’s not a sustainable solution.

Anyhow, I got through the day – a beautiful day weather-wise – with another 50 km. I’m now on the outskirts of Minneapolis-St Paul. And we’re staying in a great hotel tonight, at White Bear Lake – a really nice location.


Jun 25, 2013

Distance today = 52.26 km; Total distance = 22,102.67 km; Location = Norseman, WA (26 km east of) – 32 05.109’ S, 122 01.056′ E; Start time = 0750, Finish time = 1607


And so begins the Nullarbor. At lunch time I reached the Eyre Highway in Norseman, which is widely considered as the beginning of the Nullarbor. At this stage, however, there are still plenty of trees, and hills.

The day was quite warm for winter, reaching 21 C. But once again, the day did not reach any great heights. The highlight was a dry lake I crossed, just before Norseman. It is going to be an interesting psychological challenge, with little variation from day to day over the coming months.

However, the evenings may be a different matter. Last night, for example, was a case in point. At dinner, we met former Ol’ 55 front man and current day actor and TV presenter, Frankie J Holden, along with the TV crew he is travelling with. They’re filming an episode of What’s Up Down Under, travelling the Nullarbor in the opposite direction to my run. We had a good chat about my run, along with some nice red wine. It was definitely a change from the scenery of the day’s running.