Oct 2, 2012

Distance today = 42.73 km; Total distance = 12,529.92 km; Location = Niagara Falls – 43 05.132′ N, 79 03.853′ W; Start time = 0800, Finish time = 1425


Not sure why, but I slept poorly last night and awoke feeling very tired. This immediately countered my enthusiasm for the day of running to Niagara Falls. This was further diminished when it started raining after just 2 km.

But I pushed on through the industrial suburbs of Buffalo, and finally made it to the Falls. I could see the mist rising from at least 10 km away, looking like the smoke from a forest fire. Niagara Falls is one of those iconic tourist attractions, and while I wouldn’t rate it as highly as the Grand Canyon, it’s certainly worth a look.

The rain let up and the sun came up (song trivia – who can name it?) as I arrived. Carmel and I took a ride on the Maid of the Mist, getting quite wet when the boat pushed in amongst the spray. And our hotel is only about 200 metres from the falls themselves – we can see the rapids from the window.

I reached a slightly unusual milestone today. You may recall me mentioning that I have not had a day off from running in more than eight years – to be precise, since August 25, 2004. As of today, I have now run 50,000 km since that date. I believe it’s this consistency that has allowed me to do this run around the world without injury (so far).