Apr 11, 2016

Normally I would have done s speed work session this morning, but I wasn’t at home and, therefore, away from my usual courses (of which I know the distances precisely). So, instead, I had a very enjoyable run from Kiama to Jamberoo and back on a beautiful mild sunny morning. The countryside was very green and sky completely blue. It would be hard to enjoy a better run.

Tomorrow I’ll do some speed work instead, ahead of a 50 km training run on Saturday. I’ll then have just two weeks of sharpening up, then tapering for the event on April 30. I haven’t decided what time I’ll aim for in that 50 km. Perhaps I won’t have a time in mind at all. It’s actually a marathon race, but I’m going to keep running and extend it to 50 km. I might just “see how I go”.

Here’s another photo of me running over an ancient bridge. This one was in a remote part of western Spain. It could easily be  a Roman bridge, given its age and style, along with the fact the Romans were very prevalent in this region. I often stumbled upon things like this while running around the world.


Old Bridge in Spain


On This Day


Apr 11, 2012

Distance today = 56.21 km; Total distance = 4871.25 km; Location = Golden, New Mexico – 35 15.235′ N, 106 13.139′ W; Start time = 0829, Finish time = 1645


Pretty much uphill all day, but that’s the way I like it (so long as it’s not too steep). I am finding that my legs feel much better after a day of uphill than a day of downhill – so much less impact shock over the course of the day.

I spent the first part of the day running across and out of Albuquerque. I really love the architecture in this city. It’s a brilliant mix of Native American and Spanish influences, and is very aesthetically pleasing.

I forgot to mention yesterday that I ran into the city on the old Route 66 (until I got to the cycle path by the river). This road used to be an extension of the Santa Fe Trail for wagon trains, and prior to that it was the Camino Real (the Royal Road – the most northerly part of the Spanish road leading up from Mexico). It became part of Route 66 when cars came into vogue. However, in 1937, a new road to the east of Albuquerque took over as Route 66, and this was the road I ran out of Albuquerque on today. Wow, two different Route 66s in two days.

I also passed 3000 miles today. I have a few more milestones approaching in coming days.

I would also like to point out, in case you haven’t already visited it, the Travel Log section of the web site. It’s on the bottom left. The support crew have compiled this list of interesting venues. They are worth your consideration if you happen to be visiting, or are just plain worth reading about if you aren’t.


Apr 11, 2013

Distance today = 55.29 km; Total distance = 19,334.12 km; Location = Znojmo, Czech Republic – 48 51.419′ N, 16 02.833′ E; Start time = 0809, Finish time = 1718


Another big day, and one in which I struggled with my energy levels for most of it. It was only during the last 10 km that I actually felt quite strong.

It wasn’t quite as hilly as the past few days, but still reasonably formidable. It’s good running country, even if the roads are not ideal. At least they were mostly quiet today. And it was about 20 degrees warmer than a few days ago. I was down to a single layer of clothing, and I even had to roll the sleeves up to prevent getting too hot.

I finished in the unusually named town of Znojmo (don’t ask me to pronounce it). All the indications are that it’s quite historic, although I’m not exactly sure of its history. If I find out why, I’ll report back in tomorrow’s blog.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading south into Austria. I’ll reach Vienna on Saturday. Unbelievably, I am writing this with the window open and no shirt on. What a difference a few days makes.