Aug 2, 2014

I’m basically now at the end of the hard training phase before the City to Surf. I intend to run a final time trial on Monday – just 3 km, but this is what will give me my final bit of information as to what time I can expect in the race. Some might say “So  what, why does it matter?” The reason is that it allows me to pace myself properly. Otherwise I might go out too fast and suffer badly, not to mention ending up with a slower time than I should.

This week has been fairly typical of the campaign over the past couple of months. To give you some idea of what that means, here is the week so far: Monday – 12 km, including a time trial of Centennial Park; Tuesday – 13 km on hills; Wednesday – 7 km easy to freshen up for speed work the next day; Thursday – 13 km, including 10 x 250 m; Friday – a 24 km long run. Today and tomorrow will be short and easy, ahead of the time trial on Monday.

With the relatively tough week that it’s been, the Achilles niggle has flared a bit, but the easier week ahead should help it to settle down.


On This Day


Aug 2, 2012

Distance today = 51.17 km; Total distance = 10,120.98 km; Location = Bernie, Missouri (7 km west of) – 36 39.358′ N, 90 04.996′ W; Start time = 0909 Finish time = 1737


My first 20 km today were on rough gravel. It left my feet and ankles a bit sore, but nothing to complain too much about.

I did see two baby tortoises (or were they terrapins? It was difficult to tell, as they retracted their legs, so I couldn’t see their feet. Their shells were like hemispheres – quite different to those I’m used to in Australia and those I’ve seen in the western US). Both had gone into their shells in the middle of the road, and were sitting ducks for the next car that came along. I moved them to safer locations.

Today was a little different. The girls “split shifts”. Carmel accompanied me this morning, while Hannah did the duties this afternoon. It was good of Hannah to relieve Carmel, who has been doing support crew “duties” for over seven months now without a break (not that she ever complains). She is doing a fantastic job, and I couldn’t survive without her contribution. That said, it was nice to have Hannah taking over for half a day.

While Hannah was with me, I ran past a house where a young pup ran out to greet me. It was so friendly, and wouldn’t return home – it wanted to jump all over me, and had no road sense. I had to stop cars as they approached, to ensure the dog didn’t get hit. Luckily, Hannah was just up the road, waiting. I took the dog to her, and we put it in the car (sorry Chook and Don) and I had her take it back to the house while I ran on. At least it survived and will hopefully reach adulthood. But, based on its street sense and the proximity of its home to a busy road, I am not overly confident.


Aug 2, 2013

Distance today = 50.17 km; Total distance = 24,145.37 km; Location = Sandy Creek, SA – 34 36.081’ S, 138 42.213′ E; Start time = 0833, Finish time = 1632


It’s hard to enjoy a run when the weather is as atrocious as it was today. A howling westerly wind, and regular squalls of horizontal rain, along with single digit temperatures, made it a day of which I was keen to see the end.

It’s a pity, as I was running through the heart of the Barossa Valley, widely regarded as where the world’s best shiraz is produced. It’s a beautiful region, dotted with winery after winery, and lovely towns like Kapunda, Nuriootpa, Tanunda, and Lyndoch. I passed some of the biggest of the wineries today, including Penfold’s, Wolf Blass, Peter Lehman, Grant Burge, and Jacob’s Creek. The latter is named after an actual creek which flows between the vineyards.

Carmel, Sue, and Bob spent the day checking out many of the wineries and local shops. They put me on to a German bakery in Lyndoch, where I had one of the best meat pies of the whole world run – it was definitely in the top three.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading into Adelaide, the biggest city I’ve been to since leaving Perth.