Mar 31, 2013

Distance today = 50.03 km; Total distance = 18,765.98 km; Location = Wolnzach – 48 35.946′ N, 11 37.803′ E; Start time = 0844, Finish time = 1648


I’ve never experienced a white Christmas, but within the space of five weeks, I’ve experienced a white birthday and a white Easter. Yes, on awakening today, we discovered it had, yet again, snowed heavily overnight.

It was still snowing when I set off, and at one stage, it looked like a blizzard was setting in. Visibility was down to about 200 metres. However, the conditions improved, the temperature got above zero, and the snow started to melt. The day wasn’t too bad in the end.

I headed north from Dachau, through rolling hills, much of it on cycle paths. I’m glad the Germans have so many cycle paths, as the roads can be a bit dangerous otherwise.

I saw a few other runners – probably more in a one day than I’ve seen since New York City, when hundreds were training for the upcoming marathon. A few went past me in the same direction as I was running. Compared to me, they were flying.

Let’s see whether tomorrow brings more snow. The locals are saying it’s the latest winter in living memory. Maybe so for most of them – I did hear that it has been officially London’s longest winter in over 50 years. I’ve really picked the extreme seasons for this world run. It was the hottest summer ever recorded in the US mid-west when I ran through that region last year, and now the longest winter in Europe for a generation or two. At least I can say I didn’t have it easy.