May 4, 2015
I did my first speed work session of the season this morning. I usually don’t do sprints and the like during summer, preferring to wait till it cools down a little. Plus, I don’t have any faster races early in the year. May is a pretty typically time for me to start preparing for the Sutherland to Surf and City to Surf with regular speed work.
I was a little sore from Saturday’s long and relatively fast run, so I was bit hesitant about doing anything too strenuous this morning. But I thought I’d ease into it with a similar session to what I did first up last year on May 19. On that occasion I did a long hill (which I’ve been running for 30 years) in 45.3, a 400 metre sprint in 74.0, and 1 km in 3:26. Today I ran the hill twice, averaging 44.0, the 400 metres in 71.4, and the 1 km in 3:22; all faster than last year. I then finished with some skipping and bounding to increase my leg strength. I’m quite happy with that – I’m definitely faster, and earlier in the year too.
Today’s photo from the world run is from Monument Valley. I took plenty there, mainly because it’s so spectacular, as you can see.
On This Day
May 4, 2012
Distance today = 46.36 km; Total distance = 6006.74 km; Location = Wellington, Colorado (10 km south of) – 40 38.365′ N, 105 02.316′ W; Start time = 0849, Finish time = 1544
Once again, I took the scenic route today; this time so I could view historic old Fort Collins, as well as do some country running. I’m glad the rules are flexible and don’t require the most direct route between any two points, otherwise I’d miss too many things that are off to the side.
I started by running up into the first range of foothills of the Rockies, where I was told I’d have a great view of the town. It reminded me of the panorama from the lookout over Springfield in The Simpsons. There was no nuclear reactor in sight, however.
I then ran past the town’s huge stadium. It seemed out proportion for the size of the town. I later saw a placard in a front yard, urging citizens to “Save Hughes Stadium”. I suspect the up-keep of such an enormous stadium is beyond the finances of the town.
From there I headed into the old part of town. As the name suggests, Fort Collins was established as a US Army fort to protect settlers. It was part of a system of fort towns that stretched along the eastern base of the Rockies in the 1800s. It doesn’t look like a fortified town anymore, but I’m sure its big university student population has it under siege a few times each year.
I finally hit a few trails that led me out of the town and on my way to Wellington to finish the day – back to some nice country running.
I passed 6,000 km in total for the world run just before finishing for the day. That means I’ve run 1,006 km in the past 20 days – right on track.
May 4 2013
Distance today = 50.18 km; Total distance = 20,423.50 km; Location = Dragoman, Bulgaria – 42 54.718′ N, 22 56.563′ E; Start time = 0819, Finish time = 1718
Reached my 16th country today – Bulgaria. I had a pretty good time on the road, through great countryside, and even managed about 10 km on a freeway that is under construction – no cars.
It was a day of total uphill, the first time I’ve had that since the Andes, though obviously not to the same degree. I thought the high point would be at the border, but it just kept going up.
I finished in the town of Dragoman, a nickname for Drago Radovanovic, known in English as Charlie Cugaly.
From there, we commuted to Sofia, where we met up with friends, Barry and Debbie. They will be travelling with us till the end of the European leg, in Istanbul. Must go now, as we’re heading off to dinner.
Tomorrow I’ll head back to Dragoman to run into Sofia.
PS The tracker will be behind the times until we get new Bulgarian SIM cards. Until then, I’ll only be able to update my position via wireless at night. My current position, as stated above, is in Dragoman, further to the east than what the tracker is showing.