Apr 16, 2014

What a difference a day or two can make! After a somewhat painful 40 km on Monday, yesterday was very light. Today, however, was easily my fastest 10 km for a few years and I had virtually no pain at all in the heel. In fact, it feels great.

It seems the faster I run, the less the Achilles hurts. Not that it was that fast today. Even the quickest sections weren’t much faster than 5 minutes per km, but that’s faster than I’ve been running for some time. I hope the trend continues.

I met this morning with my publisher. We’re both looking forward to the coming months as we attend to the various issues associated with getting a book into the stores. As I said yesterday, it won’t appear until next year some time, so don’t get too excited just yet. But I have high hopes for when it does appear.

Now, I have a favour to ask readers. As you’re aware, I’ll be participating in the Oxfam 100 km Trailwalker event in Melbourne in a couple of weeks time. The whole reason for the event is to raise money for Oxfam’s many worthy causes. And, as the Ambassador for Trailwalker, I feel it is important that my team raise a decent amount.

So I’m asking readers to please make a small donation through our team to Oxfam. Our team is called Ouch and consists of John, Paul, Richard, and myself. Given that Ringo Starr’s real name is Richard and my middle name is officially George, maybe we should have called ourselves The Beatles.

I know a lot of people donated to Oxfam as part of my world run, but that was a while ago, and this is a bit different now. Please click on the link below and you’ll be taken directly to our team’s donation page. The process is quite simple, and you can donate in any currency. Any amount if fine – it all adds up. The podiatrist who identified the Achilles tear has started the campaign with a generous donation (thanks to The Foot Spot at Randwick), so I hope other readers can follow suit. I’d be really appreciative if you did.


By the way, if you want to see just what a great job Oxfam does, click on the following link and watch the short video. It’s just a couple of minutes and you will be inspired.



On This Day


Apr 16, 2014

Distance today = 50.35 km; Total distance = 5107.53 km; Location = Questa (8m north of) – 36 46.344′ N, 105 35.366′ W; Start time = 0859, Finish time = 1649


Another cold-ish day, with a little bit of snow falling at the higher altitudes, but hardly enough to warrant a mention. It was only the second time I’ve climbed above 2,300 metres in elevation on the world run, reaching nearly 2,400 metres (8,000 feet) at my highest point today. I also experienced my highest finishing point for any day, with 2,369 metres.

I began the day in Taos, which I had not realised was the home of so many celebrities. We met some very nice locals at dinner last night, and they informed us that Taos is home to Julia Roberts, Lauren Hutton, Lynn Anderson (who had several hits in the 70s, including I Never Promised You A Rose Garden – who remembers that one?), and was once the home of Dennis Hopper. And I thought it was a quaint but unknown village. I found out later that it was also the home of Kit Carson in the 1800s. I’m not exactly sure who he was, but I’ve heard the name. One thing I’m sure of – he wouldn’t have been as good a cyclist as Kit Rumsey.

As mentioned, my finishing point today was my highest yet, and it was in the shadow of Wheeler Peak, the second highest mountain in New Mexico at 13,161 feet (almost 4,000 metres). Tomorrow I head into Colorado again. I have a feeling I’ll be climbing even higher.

PS Although I don’t have reception for the tracker, I have managed to get it updated via the wireless network at the hotel. However, my official run position is actually 8 km further north of where the tracker is showing me.


Apr 17, 2013 (there was no blog for the 16th)

Distance today = 50.83 km; Total distance = 19,565.49 km; Location = Orkenypuszta – 47 39.297′ N, 17 48.235′ E; Start time = 0916, Finish time = 1724


Back on the road today, and this time with my mates Dave and the Hud. It was warm again, in the low 20s. But let me firstly fill you in on the past day or so.

We met up with Jo, Dave, Sue, and Greg (The Hud) on Monday night in Vienna, and spent the next morning with them, looking around the city. We then all travelled to Bratislava, in Slovakia, yesterday afternoon. Last night we had a great evening in this, the smallest capital city in Europe. It has a long history, and a wonderful “old town” area, where we enjoyed various local beers and wines. Some of these were in odd shaped glasses, like boots. Have a look at the photos, and you’ll see what I mean. It was a great evening.

This morning, I travelled with the guys to my finishing point from Monday, and headed off in the direction of Budapest. Both the guys ran about 21 km with me. They were very pleased to get half marathons under their belt on the first day.

It was a very flat day, some of it on cycle paths, but a lot of it wasn’t. It was not the easiest day of running, but the guys did well.