Mar 6, 2017
Despite a pretty easy weekend of running, I still felt fatigued this morning. Luckily I have an easy week planned, leading up to the King Island race on Sunday. I’ll be keeping it short and without much intensity. It’s always better going into a race a little underdone than overdone.
As I mentioned, I’ve been given a handicap of 35 minutes for the 32 km race. That means I’ll have to make up more than a minute per kilometre to catch those off the front marker. And those starting that far behind me (the good runners) will need to make up more than a minute per kilometre on me. I expect most of the field will end up within a kilometre of each other approaching the finish line.
The photo below shows me running along the highway between Malibu and Los Angeles. I reached LA by the end of the day. It’s actually not that far from where this photo was taken. The city’s suburbs don’t encroach too far in this direction (west), though they do in the other three directions, particularly to the south and east. It took me two days to run out of LA to the east.
On This Day
Mar 6, 2012
Distance today = 63.33 km; Total distance = 3073.02 km; Location = Brawley, California – 32 58.673′ N, 115 30.923′ W; Start time = 0913, Finish time = 1818
And today’s highlight was …………. a dust storm.
It was a long day through the desert, and I was struggling mentally – until the dust storm hit. The novelty of the occasion actually helped me through the rest of the day. There should be some photos and a video at some stage, although the worst of it was just on dark, when photography didn’t do it justice. I really needed my shower tonight, and all my clothes need to be washed. All I can smell is dust.
Another highlight was when a nice CHiPs officer pulled over to see if I needed anything, which one often does in the middle of the desert. We ended up talking running for a while – he has done several half marathons.
Then tonight at dinner we met an Aussie physicist, who is in Brawley to do experiments on a new geophysical instrument. He and his colleague are going to provide me with some water on the road tomorrow, as they will be working just off the road at about the 38 km mark of my run.
I am now going to bed, as I’m tired. Yes, it does happen, especially after a 63 km day in a dust storm. It was a longer run than I would have preferred, but I couldn’t see the point in having the support crew come out to meet me with less than 10 km to the hotel.
The next three days to Blythe will be shorter. My body will appreciate it.
Mar 6, 2013
Distance today = 47.45 km; Total distance = 17,517.98 km; Location = Mauressargues, France – 43 57.527′ N, 04 09.617′ E; Start time = 0840, Finish time = 1634
Like yesterday, it rained all day today, but at least there was no wind and the temperatures were higher. It wasn’t such a bad day, although I’m looking forward to some drier weather.
I passed though several towns and villages, on my way out of the southern Central Massif region and into western Provence. One town was St Hippolyte du Fort, where I had my bike repaired 18 months ago. The same guy was working in the shop.
I also passed through the medieval village of Sauve, with buildings that looked so old, it’s amazing they’re still standing. They knew something about building structures in those days.
On the way, I passed the two-thirds milestone. Just one-third of the run to go now.
I finished in Mauressargues, at the same B&B we stayed at in 2011 with Jenny, Jo, and Dave. By the way, Jo and Dave are joining us in about five weeks time for a couple of weeks in the support crew. So are The Hud and Sue. You may recall that the Hud ran with me on the first day of this run, from the Sydney Opera House. He also got a big mention in the blog about a year ago, when a new running distance of 167.7 km was named a “Hud”. And Jenny travelled with us from San Francisco to Phoenix last year.
We are staying with our lovely hosts, Florence and Vincent. I’ll report more on our evening in tomorrow’s blog.