Mar 12, 2015

The Runner’s World article is now in the news stands in the US. I have a few copies that were sent to me and, having read the article, I can say that the staff of the magazine have done an impressive job. I’ve also had some positive feedback from readers in the US. The online version can also now be viewed, but it will be upgraded and improved next week. The link to the article is below. However, I’ll let you know when the improved version appears, so you can view that too.


Tomorrow I’ll be doing a long run out in the countryside. I’ll even stay overnight in a little town before adding another decent run the following morning. The Achilles is behaving very well at the moment, so it’s time to really bite the bullet as far as training for the Anzac Ultra is concerned.

I won’t have my computer with me, as I’ll just be carrying some gear in a backpack (I need to do this as part of my training, as I have to carry gear in the Ultra). I’ll let you know how it all goes in the next blog as soon as I can. I will send a tweet however, and that can be viewed on tomsnextstep.com.

Kevin Carr is literally, right at this moment as I write, just a couple of miles from the Atlantic Ocean, about to finish his South American leg. It’s been a phenomenal effort by Kevin over the past week. He has an 11:45 pm flight to Ireland and it’s already 9 pm there now. Clearly it is going to be touch and go as to whether he makes the flight. I’m really hoping he does, as the airline is going to charge him a lot otherwise. C’mon Kevin.


On This Day


Mar 12, 2012

Distance today = 50.00 km; Total distance = 3364.56 km; Location = Aguila, Arizona – 33 56.577′ N, 113 07.429′ W; Start time = 0858, Finish time = 1615


Once again, I will start by recounting last night. As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, we stayed at a great little place – the Westward Motel at Salome. It turns out the proprietor, Rande (pronounced Randy), was a career “roadie”, and worked on tour with some of the world’s biggest bands. He has been on world and national tours with, among others, The Rolling Stones (three times), The Police, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Deep Purple, Ted Nugent, The Moody Blues, The Allman Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Rush, Genesis, John Mellencamp, Dolly Parton, and Heart. What a resume’! And he’s a great guy to talk to over a few red wines. Make sure you stay there if you’re ever passing through Arizona.

This morning I awoke with a sore right foot, and a bit of the same feeling I had two days ago. But within a kilometre I was feeling 100% again, as I headed off along some of the straightest roads I’ve ever run on. In fact, one section was 34 km without the slightest turn or kink in the road, and it was almost dead flat. Surprisingly, I didn’t get bored. I stopped for the day at precisely 50 km.

Perhaps the highlight of the day was when I heard the unmistakable roar of air force jets overhead, and looked up to see two of them firing missiles of some sort. The missiles flew rapidly through the air, trailing a smoky plume behind their fiery exhaust, before exploding a few kilometres up in the air. The jets then flew off again at high speed, having completed their practice manoeuvres.

Tonight we’re in the town of Aguila, staying at Burro Jim’s Motel, and we will be dining at Coyote Flats Cafe. Stay tuned.


Mar 12, 2013

Distance today = 51.63 km; Total distance = 17,824.29 km; Location = St Quentin Fallavier, France – 45 37.128′ N, 05 05.098′ E; Start time = 0807, Finish time = 1630


As I said yesterday, I really know how to pick the hilly roads. There were some beauties this morning, and quite steep.

I left Hauterives via the Palais Ideal, a fantasy palace built over a hundred years ago. Have a look at the photos to see what I mean. It is entirely the work of one man, Ferdinand Cheval, the local postman, whose round required him to travel 32 km on foot each day. I can relate to him, although I’d go crazy if it was the same 32 km each day, as Ferdinand had to do. The Palais Ideal took him 33 years to complete, after he’d given up his postal job, of course.

The weather was good again, despite heavy snow in the north of France. I believe it will be cooling down here tomorrow.

Most of the day was on quiet back roads through the countryside, although it got busier later in the afternoon, as I neared Lyon. I am now only about 25 km from France’s second biggest city. I intend to skirt around it to the east tomorrow. I have no desire to run through a very large city at the moment, especially with no digital maps, courtesy of the ineptitude of phone company SFR.

I finished just before the town of St Quentin Fallavier, where Carmel picked me up in the car. It appears I forgot to turn off my Garmin, as I noticed it counting the distance as we drove to the hotel. Consequently, I have subtracted from the Garmin data the 2.58 km travelled in the car. It shows up quite clearly in the velocity plot on the link,  if you click on Speed.

Note, the tracker is showing me a few kilometres to the north of my official position.

Just finally, a big thanks to Francoise and Yves Chardon at Chez l’Antiquites. Francoise took us to a friend of hers when the internet wasn’t working in our hotel room, and she helped Carmel out this morning by interpreting at the Citroen service centre, where the car needed to have some work done on it, fixing the windscreen wiper reservoir.