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May 18, 2014

Many will be aware of the two world runners who are currently out on the road as I write. Tony Mangan has been running for over three and a half years now and will be completing his 50,000 km world run (the longest of anyone) in October. He’s in Turkey at the moment.

The other is Kevin Carr, who is now in Australia, and expects to finish that leg in Sydney in about two weeks. I am going to head out  west to act as his support crew for the final few days of his run across Australia, before he then heads off to New Zealand. Kevin has had little in the way of support, so he’s looking forward to the experience, as am I. It will be different for me to be on the other side of the world running ledger, and a good way to gain a greater appreciation of Carmel’s role in my world run.

The contract for the publishing of my book about the world run has now been signed by both myself and the publisher. The machinations are now in  process, though the book will not be in the stores until next year. I hope everyone who reads it feels it was worth the wait.

Tomorrow I begin my first speed work session, with the aim of improving my pace ahead of the City to Surf. I will attempt some basic sprints. I’m not talking 11 second 100 metres or sub-minute 400 metres here. I’m way short of those times at the moment, though I am going to aim for the latter at some stage in the future. No, I will simply try to run as fast as I can. I will run courses and distances I have in the past, so I can compare and gauge my fitness and speed. The basic rule is, if you want to run fast in races, you have to run fast in training.

 

On This Day

 

May 18, 2012

Distance today = 57.82 km; Total distance = 6405.97 km; Location = Alliance – 42 05.788′ N, 102 53.259′ W; Start time = 0923, Finish time = 1747

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/179540059

Hot, windy, lightning, and a few seconds of hail, all overlaid on a 58 km day – I did it tough!

The day began well enough. The first ten kilometres was quintessential Cowra to Canowindra (for those who know that region). By the way, yesterday was the spitting image of Forbes to Gooloogong. I love that countryside, so I feel good when running in similar surroundings.

However, the landscape soon turned to a more monotonous visage of sandhills covered in grassy tussocks, with not a tree to be seen. The next 30 km was the toughest, making me wonder why I was doing this.

But the last 20 km gradually improved, strangely enough, as a thunderstorm rolled in. There was lots of lightning, a very brief smattering of small hailstones, but no real rain that fell on me. For some reason, all this led to me feeling better, and I finished quite strongly.

Today was also one of those rare occasions when I crossed both a latitude (42 degrees north) and a longitude (103 degrees west).

I think I’m now over the soreness that ensued from last week’s break, but I’m a bit concerned about how I might handle day after day of 50+ km in 30+ degree heat. Well, I guess we’ll see soon enough.

 

May 18, 2013

Distance today = 0 km; Total distance = 21,008.14 km; Location = Istanbul – 40 58.591′ N, 28 52.951′ E; Start time = n/a, Finish time = n/a

It was nice to have a free day in Istanbul yesterday, where we all headed into the city to look around the historic sites. The city truly has a history.

Carmel and I will shortly bid farewell to Debbie and Barry, and we’ll start the long drive back to Munich to drop off the car. It’s complicated as to why it needs to go back to Munich, but there was no choice.

It’s been fantastic having Deb and Barry along for the past two weeks. They’ve been a great help, and also a nice accompaniment during the day and in the evenings. Thanks guys.

I also think, at this time of finishing another continent, it’s worth reiterating about Carmel’s contribution to run. Not only has she driven across three continents now (plus the length of New Zealand), but she has performed multiple roles each day – finding accommodation each night, keeping me stocked with drinks and food during the day, dealing with the daily updating of many aspects of the communications and web site, and all manner of other tasks. And, of course, the thing that most people know her for – her amazing photography. What a talented girl!

I know this info is a bit late in coming, but if you’re in Australia, watch the National Nine News at 6 pm tonight (May 18), and the Today Show tomorrow morning (May 19) for two news stories about the world run.

Keep watching this space for intermittent updates, prior to me starting the Asian leg on the 23rd.