May 30, 2022
I am booked in for an appointment with a specialist orthopaedic surgeon on June 29 to get a definitive opinion on how my chronic heel issue should be treated. It may be via surgery, or possibly some other form of treatment. At least I should finally get some answers.
The world run moments for today are from when I finished the short Asian leg, having basically run from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore (actually, from slightly outside those cities). I dipped my toe in the Straits of Malacca, getting my shoes wet in the process, as you’ll see from the video. From there it was off to Perth to commence the final leg of the world run, across Australia. However, I didn’t start that leg until June 10.
May 28, 2013
Distance today = 42.23 km; Total distance = 21,230.15 km; Location = Rengit – 01 39.537′ N, 103 11.899′ E; Start time = 0931, Finish time = 1636
Same weather conditions today – they never really change at the equator – but I am handling it much better. I didn’t suffer too badly at all.
The roadside eating places are a lifesaver for me, selling both food and drinks. The latter is obviously more important, but I have been enjoying the various delicacies as well. I never really know what I’m getting, but haven’t been disappointed yet. I think my favourite so far has been deep-fried mushrooms.
I have often been called “boss” when I have entered a shop. I think to myself “Hey, I’m not the boss of you”. It’s a throwback to the colonial days, but has persisted to modern times. There is no hint of subservience when they say it – to them it’s just a humorous name for white guys.
One thing is for sure – the reaction in Malaysia has been the friendliest of anywhere in the world, and that’s saying something. I am constantly getting waves from cars, and people call out greetings from the side of the road as I run by. They simply don’t see many Caucasians, especially those running in the heat of the day in the middle of nowhere.
Tomorrow will be my last day of running in Malaysia, and I’m hoping to have a dip in the ocean – the Straits of Malacca – when I finish, so long as the water is clean. I will soon find out.
May 29, 2013
Distance today = 33.04 km; Total distance = 21,263.19 km; Location = Pontian – 01 28.672′ N, 103 23.240′ E; Start time = 0948, Finish time = 1508
It was a great day to finish running in Malaysia. Overcast skies and a gentle breeze made me wonder what I’d been complaining about. It was so much easier.
I only had to traverse a relatively short distance to Pontian, much of it through palm plantations. Once again, there were plenty of road side vendors selling drinks and food, always keen to find out what I am doing. Carmel particularly enjoyed a little fishing village we passed through, with colourful fishing boats and lovely people and their fun-loving kids.
I would have to say that running through Malaysia is perfect in almost every way ……. except for the weather. Unfortunately, the weather is never going to be anywhere near ideal here (today was perhaps as good as it gets), so it’s hard to recommend it to other runners. However, if you can handle extreme heat and humidity, then Malaysia is the place to run.
Some people have asked why I have run in Asia at all, and others have asked why I am not running all the way across the continent. Remember, I need to run completely across four continents, from “ocean to ocean”. These will be North America, South America, Europe (all completed now), and Australia (the last leg). Anything else is optional. I included a stint in Asia (as well as New Zealand) because I wanted to do at least some running on the continent, and I also wanted to run near the equator. This came at the cost of the extremely uncomfortable humidity, but it was worth it.
We will now be heading to Australia for the fourth and final continent. I will be starting in Perth on June 10, and expect to finish in Sydney around the middle of September. By the way, if anyone out there knows of a car that is free to be used from Perth for about a month, please let us know. We would need it from June 10, and it would be returned to Perth by July 5, as we will be transported by a different means after that.
I will include some intermediate updates before I begin in Perth, so stay tuned to this space.