Jun 8, 2015

This has been a long weekend in much of Australia and Carmel and I have spent it down the coast. Once again, that has afforded me the chance to run in a different environment to that of my usual daily training runs. Today my Monday speed work session was done in a different format – fartlek. For those who aren’t aware, fartlek is a Swedish word meaning ‘speed play’. I simply ran fast for a bit, then rested with a slower section, before throwing in another fast section. And so on.

I mixed up the pace of the fast parts, sometimes doing short bits (maybe 200 metres) at top pace, while other times running a little less fast for longer stretches (approximately 1 km). The point is not to make it too structured – just to have fun with a bit of speed. Next week I’ll be back to intervals, but will be more mentally fresh for it, having this week enjoyed a different format in a different location.

Today’s photo from the world run is of a ten lane freeway in Los Angeles. I took the photo as I ran on an overpass above the freeway. I was never able to run on freeways in California – it’s illegal – but Carmel had to drive on them occasionally, which can be a nervous experience in itself.





On This Day


Jun 8, 2012

Distance today = 55.33 km; Total distance = 7472.20 km; Location = Lidgerwood, North Dakota – 46 04.307′ N, 97 09.165′ W; Start time = 0826, Finish time = 1647



Running all day through this heat is a killer. The mornings are fine, then the temps zoom up by another ten degrees around lunchtime. Tomorrow is again predicted to be in the mid 30s C.

I crossed the border from South Dakota to North Dakota today, bringing my total number of US states run through so far to nine. They will continue to mount thick and fast over the coming months.

Many readers may have noticed the new video – a TV news clip from KDLT in South Dakota. It’s a nice piece, but there is one inaccuracy I’d like to correct. I will not be the first person to run around the world. You may have read my previous mentions about a couple of guys – Jesper Olsen and Tony Mangan.

Jesper is, in my view, the first to truly run around the world. In 2004/05 he completed such a circumnavigation. I believe Jesper deserves recognition as the first. Since that first run he has embarked on a second world run, which he has almost completed.

Tony Mangan is, like me, currently involved in his own world run. Tony has chosen a course of his own design which, I have to admit, is incredibly comprehensive. He will take four years to run approximately 50,000 km through some of the most remote areas on Earth. His run will be the most complete and detailed circumnavigation of the world ever achieved when he finishes it in 2014.

There are others who deserve a mention, such as Rosie Swale-Pope, who ran around the northern hemisphere (Eurasia and North America) several years ago.