Oct 17, 2014
Lots happening at the moment. In a few hours I leave for South Australia for a week of Tour de Bois cycling. I’m also expecting a couple of announcements in the near future. The ESPN documentary is still airing and re-airing in various places, so I can’t release the link yet. This is a good thing, as it means the show is considered popular. I’m aware there a lots of people waiting for the link. You can be sure I’ll post it as soon as possible.
The other announcement I’m hoping will occur in the coming weeks is the official ratification of my run around the world by the World Runners Association. With this ratification will come the awarding of the world record for Fastest Circumnavigation of the Earth on Foot. At least that’s what I’m hoping will occur. You can be sure that I’ll be posting that one as soon as I’m made aware of it.
Another important upcoming event is the finish of Tony Mangan’s run around the world in Dublin on Sunday week. His has been a four year odyssey of about 50,000 km. He’s now in Ireland, between Cork and Waterford. Jesper Olsen is going to run the final few days with him. I wished I could be there too. And Kevin Carr is making good progress across Canada. He passed through Edmonton earlier this week.
I ran 11 km this morning, with the injury generally behaving itself. I still have a bit of sporadic soreness each run, but I’m sure this is because I’m now using my old forefoot style throughout, instead of mixing it up between forefoot and heel striking, as I had been doing till this week. The tendon and surrounding muscles are having to adjust to this change. That in itself is progress.
I’ve checked the hotels we’ll be staying at during the coming week and many have internet, so I’ll be taking my computer. That means there will be blog posts “from the road”. And I’ll use the tracker while cycling, so check that out if you want to see where we are.
On This Day
Oct 17, 2012
Distance today = 53.93 km; Total distance = 13,304.58 km; Location = Westfield, New Jersey – 40 38.998′ N, 74 20.948′ W; Start time = 0824, Finish time = 1643
I started the run this morning with a visit to the home of Albert Einstein – the house he lived in from 1936 till his death in 1955. It is still in good shape, and continues to be used as a residence. In fact, it’s the only house in the world to have been the home of three different Nobel Prize winners. It felt quite awe-inspiring to stand in the gateway, knowing Einstein stood in that exact spot on so many occasions.
The town of Princeton is very impressive. I can see why Einstein was so happy to live there. It is very much like a European or British university town, with the town built into the university. I saw hundreds of people going about the place, with many runners and not a single smoker.
I finished the day within striking distance of New York City. It would only be a half day run, except there is no pedestrian accessibility before the George Washington Bridge toward the north end of Manhattan. So I’ll have to enter the city from the top end.
PS We had a very enjoyable evening last night with Craig, Julie, and Zoe (and the dogs), and greatly appreciate their hospitality.
Oct 17, 2013
Now that the dust has settled somewhat after finishing my run around the world, and life is starting to return to normal, many of the most important aspects emerge with even greater clarity. Probably the most obvious is the role others played.
So, I’d just like to issue another general thanks, to all those who did provide support in one way or another. I’ve attempted to name everyone in the past, but thanks again to those who ran with me, provided support vehicles, provided accommodation, helped with maps and other logistics, provided sponsorship, particularly Asia Pacific Digital, or who gave up their time (and money) to help as part of the support crew. You all made a huge difference.
The biggest thanks, however, must go to Carmel. She was there all the way, not only as a wife, but also acting as support crew, taking those fantastic photos that everyone is amazed by, performing the very difficult task of daily logistics (finding accommodation at times was like a juggling act while doing a triple twist with pike), attending to social media requirements and other web site issues, finding supplies for the road and ensuring all meals were covered, as well as a plethora of other smaller items that go into a successful run of this kind, including emotional support when I was doing it tough. In other words, I couldn’t have done it without her, which makes it a real team effort. Carmel was as much a part of the run as I was, and she can also consider herself to be one of the first to have driven around the world. I’m truly a lucky husband.