Aug 3, 2016

I ran a good speed session yesterday – a warmup 200 metres in 35 seconds, then 1 km in 3:30, and 1 mile in 5:36. I won’t be running anywhere near that fast in the 12 hour event next week, but it builds both confidence and also an ability to feel more comfortable when I ease back to a slower pace.

Another photo (below) from the prairies of South Dakota. This was from the day when I ran into the capital of Pierre, the second least populous state capital in the US, with a population of around 13,000.


South Dakota Prairies


On This Day


Aug 3, 2012

Distance today = 51.13 km; Total distance = 10,172.11 km; Location = Kennett, Missouri – 36 14.241′ N, 90 01.902′ W; Start time = 0908 Finish time = 1726


Today was tough. I’m not sure why – I just woke up with little energy. But I struggled through the day and eventually got there. The last 30 km on a busy road didn’t help my enjoyment of the day, nor did the high heat and humidity (what a surprise!)

The girls stayed with me most of the day. There were next to no opportunities to obtain my own drinks, so I really needed them there. It’s not like the early days of this run, when I could virtually get through a whole day without the support crew. Now I need them constantly, so intense is the heat.

One surprise awaiting me on arriving into Kennett, my destination for the day, was to find that it is the hometown of Sheryl Crow. And I thought she grew up on Santa Monica Boulevard in LA. Having earlier run through Bob Dylan’s hometown of Duluth, I will also be passing through Elvis’ hometown in a few days.

Stop press – I just discovered a tick on my right butt cheek when I had a shower. That’s probably what was making me feel low today.


Aug 3, 2013

Distance today = 47.34 km; Total distance = 24,192.71 km; Location = Adelaide, South Australia – 34 55.940’ S, 138 35.957′ E; Start time = 0828, Finish time = 1551


Another day of bad weather failed to prevent me from making it to Adelaide. As I’ve said many times, running through the suburbs of major cities is less than inspiring, particularly when it’s wet, windy, and cold. Today was no different.

I ran along main roads, through Gawler, Elizabeth, Salisbury, and Enfield, before passing the Adelaide Oval, and on into the city. Adelaide is a very pretty city, and the Adelaide Oval is one of the world’s most picturesque cricket grounds. There are some major new grandstands being constructed there at the moment. I hope that doesn’t take away from the beauty of the ground.

Tomorrow I head east, towards Melbourne. I’m hoping the weather improves.