Apr 13, 2014
I am expecting to do a long run tomorrow, although I’m not sure just how far as yet. I’ll be aiming for at least 30 km, which will be more than double my longest run so far this year. I’ll be taking it very easily, however, with a bit of walking thrown in. After all, the Oxfam 100 km Trailwalker entails considerable walking anyway – it’s pretty hard to run up those fire trails, some of which have 50% gradients. A few hills even have ropes with which you can haul yourself up. You couldn’t find a harder 100 km.
I have added a link below to Carmel’s Pinterest page. Click on this and you’ll find all manner of videos from my world run that can be easily accessed.
On This Day
Apr 13, 2012
Distance today = 20.64 km; Total distance = 4945.90 km; Location = Santa Fe – 35 41.161′ N, 105 56.369′ W; Start time = 0920, Finish time = 1433
Last night we had dinner at a great local restaurant with Patty, a friend of my good friend, Cynthia. We had a wonderful time and the city appeared so interesting that I decided Santa Fe warranted an extra day – so I declared today a “short day”.
I only ran 20 km and used the time to call in to meet a very nice and very interesting couple, Gay and Andrew, at their home above Santa Fe. As well as the inspiring conversation, they also provided me with a lovely lunch. I then ran down and through the city and called it “a day” as far as the running was concerned. Santa Fe should definitely be on everyone’s agenda. It really is a fantastic place.
A point of great interest: My finishing location today is just metres from the old jail where Billy the Kid was held after being captured by Pat Garrett.
I think my body will thank me for the lower mileage today. It’s the shortest day I’ve had since the first day in Sydney.
Apr 13, 2013
Distance today = 48.19 km; Total distance = 19,433.13 km; Location = Wittau – 48 10.920′ N, 16 36.284′ E; Start time = 0824, Finish time = 1711
Wow, when the weather changes here, it really changes!!! Today was close to summer. It was a beautiful sunny day, with temperatures in the low 20s. And it felt so different to the past few months. For the first time since Argentina, I was running in shorts and a short-sleeved T-shirt.
I ran from the north and into the eastern suburbs of Vienna, on the opposite side of the Danube River to the city. I had mentioned a couple of weeks ago how I was running along the banks of the Donau. I hadn’t realised this is the German name for the Danube. So, this is my second experience of the river. The fact I was running along the river valley, means the day was very flat – a nice change from the past week.
I am often asked what the hardest thing is about running around the world. I think I now know the answer – communications. The running looks after itself, but we are constantly at the mercy of our internet connections and phone reception. Take today, for example. Because we’re only briefly in Austria and Slovakia, we’ve decided to keep our Czech SIM cards until we reach Hungary, using roaming for phone calls. The downside is, we don’t have any internet on the phones. Carmel really needed to finalize accommodation for Vienna, and we’d had some offers from friends of friends. She vitally required the internet to check emails for phone numbers she needed to call. As the internet wasn’t on her phone, she went to McDonald’s but the Austrian McDonald’s Wi-Fi is hopeless, and kept dropping out. She then went to a different McDonald’s, but got the same result. And again at a third. She then found a café with internet, and this worked just long enough for her to make some progress, before it too dropped out. She managed to get a phone number to call, but then her phone couldn’t get through to that number. It was incredibly frustrating for her, and the result is that we could not take up the offers of accommodation, and have had to book into a hotel (luckily, the Vienna Marathon tomorrow has not resulted in a total book-out of the city’s hotels). Running is a breeze, compared to all that.
A minor milestone today, when I passed 4,000 km run in Europe since I started on January 24.