Mar 15, 2017

My thighs are more sore than I expected after Sunday’s race. They were fine on Monday, but have become more painful each day since. I reckon today will be the peak of the soreness though. I should feel an improvement by tomorrow.

That said, I’ve still managed some decent runs since Sunday. I did 6 km on Monday, 9 km yesterday, and I’ll finish today with about 10 km – not bad considering. And I’m in Tasmania for the week, so I can enjoy running in a different environment than my usual “streets of Sydney”.

Today’s photo from the world run is from near the town of Monte Vista in Colorado. It’s on the high plateau, at about 8,000 feet of elevation. Even though it’s smack bang in the middle of the Rockies, it’s actually very flat on this plateau.



On This Day


Mar 15, 2012

Distance today = 29.52 km; Total distance = 3494.69 km; Location = Phoenix (West Cactus), Arizona – 33 36.175′ N, 112 07.126′ W; Start time = 0940, Finish time = 1426


I completed my run into Phoenix today, before starting the long journey out of the city toward the Grand Canyon. It’s a very big city, with a population almost as big as Sydney, and an area that is probably larger. As it turned out, I took a route into the city that wasn’t the most picturesque, but that’s OK – part of the reason for the world run is to experience the reality of the places I visit, not just the sanitized “touristy” places.

During the run I was met by a journalist from radio station KTAR, who interviewed me on the road. This afternoon I did a TV interview in the studios of Channel 12 in Phoenix.

Tonight we had a farewell dinner for Jenny, who will be leaving the support crew tomorrow. We hope to have her back later in the year.


Mar 15, 2013

Distance today = 48.32 km; Total distance = 17,973.82 km; Location = Le Filletiere, France – 46 40.133′ N, 04 41.048′ E; Start time = 0832, Finish time = 1635


I will keep today’s report relatively short, as we have our first visitors on the run since Chook and Don last October. Old friends, Steve and Judith, have dropped in to spend a night with us in Burgundy, on their way back from Geneva to London. More on this tomorrow.

Today was great. While it was still cold, the wind let up and I was quite comfortable. And, in addition, I spent the whole day on a bike path that used to be a rail line. It was a joy to be able to run freely, without constantly jumping off the road to avoid cars. France’s roads are on a par with some of the worst in the southern US states, in terms of no shoulders for pedestrians. Most of the time there is nothing. It was great to avoid this today.

I headed from the Saone Valley, over a ridge into Cluny, which I reached late in the morning. Cluny used to have the largest cathedral in the world, until Notre Dame was built in Paris, some 900 years ago.  Nowadays, there are only the foundations to see. I’m not sure what happened to it. The foundations still attract quite a few tourists, though.

The afternoon was spent on a quite flat and straight section heading north. After lunch at St Gengoux le National (a great name for a town), it was on to the end of the day at Le Filletiere, enjoying the bike path every step of the way.