May 1, 2017

I had a tough but very enjoyable run yesterday, from Bulli to Stanwell Park and back (about 70 km south of Sydney). Those who know the region will appreciate how spectacular it is running on Sea Cliff Bridge, hanging out over the ocean.

The run was 29 km and very hilly, yet I managed a good pace (a little over 5 mins per km). And I finished comfortably with a 4:39 for the last km. To back it up, I’ve just completed an almost as fast 15 km this morning. Both these runs were along sections of the world run course from nearly four years ago.

I just realised an interesting thing – during this past month of April, I’ve rerun sections of my run around the world in New York City, Essex in Connecticut, Perth in Western Australia, and now the Illawarra (which occurred just a couple of days before the end of the world run). I don’t think I’ve ever relived that many disparate parts of the course in one month.

I may have posted this photo from the world run before, but I reckon it’s one of the best. The rock formation in the background is the ‘rabbit ears’ in Monument Valley. I don’t think I could ever tire of running in that region.



On This Day


May 1, 2012

Distance today = 55.58 km; Total distance = 5865.07 km; Location = Estes Park, Colorado – 40 22.830′ N, 105 29.679′ W; Start time = 0913, Finish time = 1719


I was determined to see the Rocky Mountain National Park, and this required a big day of climbing up to the town of Estes Park. As I’ve mentioned before, my legs enjoy the uphill more than the downhill. Tomorrow is all downhill, so I’m not really looking forward to that.

The scenery up here was worth the effort – classic Rockies. It was dedicated as a national park by Teddy Roosevelt about a hundred years ago.

Speaking of Roosevelt, we had dinner last night in Boulder at the hotel he stayed at when he came to these parts for the dedication ceremony. We met up with my friends, Walt and Bob from NREL, and another Bob, who is a friend of our friend, Fi. It was a great dinner, outside on the corner on a very mild Boulder evening. Thanks again to the latter Bob for picking up the tab – it was very much appreciated.

Finally, happy birthday to anyone turning six years old today (May 2 in Australia), especially if their name is Ty.


May 1, 2013

Distance today = 50.02 km; Total distance = 20,273.26 km; Location = Aleksinac, Serbia – 43 33.216′ N, 21 40.959′ E; Start time = 0817, Finish time = 1726


Another day where the high was 36 C. It’s hard to believe that I experienced a full month where the temperature barely ever made it above freezing, and then, within two weeks, we’re having a sustained heatwave here in the Balkans.

The day was fairly uneventful, with relatively quiet roads the order. The road I was running on paralleled the freeway for most of the day.

We didn’t realise that May 1 is a public holiday here in Serbia. Most shops are shut, including restaurants, which has made it difficult to find dinner tonight. The receptionist at the hotel made a call, and we have something lined up, but must get there soon, before it closes.

Two months ago, I started to develop a bit of a heel spur. This is completely different to the problem I had in January, which was easily cured with some heel inserts. This spur is on the other foot – the right one – and was just a bit of an annoyance, sometimes bothering me toward the end of the day. Over the past few days, however, it has gotten worse. Today it hurt throughout. It’s not the sort of injury that will prevent me from running, but I will have to look into ways of managing it better. I want to enjoy each day, which is very difficult to do when there is background pain.