Aug 5, 2016

I ran 38 km this morning – my last long run before next week’s event. I really didn’t feel like it. I felt tired, and it was cold and raining. I got through it OK, but felt quite exhausted afterwards. It’s pretty clear that I need a decent rest before next Friday’s 12 hour run. I have one week of taking it very easy ahead of me.

On the subject of the 12 hour run, I’ve already mentioned that Kate Day will be acting as support crew. Kate ran 87 km with me in the latter stages of the world run. A few others have expressed interest in doing some running with me on the day. If still interested, can those people email me on tomsnextstep@gmail.com and we can coordinate.

Here’s a photo from Colorado during my world run. You can see the 14,000 feet high peaks in the background. This was taken as I reached the top of the Wilkerson Pass, at a little under 10,000 feet in elevation. It was the highest point I’d reached up until that point on the run.


Wilkerson Pass in Rockies


On This Day


Aug 5, 2012

Distance today = 52.49 km; Total distance = 10,275.47 km; Location = Joiner, Arkansas – 35 29.314′ N, 90 09.886′ W; Start time = 0853 Finish time = 1709


I felt really bad when I started this morning. I struggled for the first 20 km or so, feeling like I wanted to stop and walk all the time.

I had told the girls I would be OK without them (so they could attend to other tasks), because there was a town where I could get a drink. But the only petrol station was closed because it was Sunday.

I struggled to the next town, four miles down the road, and rehydrated fully. After that I was fine. The girls joined me soon after for the rest of the day.

I actually felt very strong for the remainder of the day, running a little faster than normal. It’s really hard to pick how I will feel from one day to the next, or even from one part of the day to the next. But at least I feel pretty good generally.


Aug 5, 2013

Distance for Aug 4 = 50.34 km; Total distance = 24,243.06 km; Location = Kanmantoo, South Australia – 35 05.318’ S, 139 01.523′ E; Start time = 0842, Finish time = 1710

Distance today = 50.48 km; Total distance = 24,293.54 km; Location = Tailem Bend, SA – 35 15.415’ S, 139 27.320′ E; Start time = 0833, Finish time = 1624



Yesterday was interesting. I left Adelaide early, being passed by Bernie and Lesley on their way back to Sydney. Soon after I reached the Adelaide Hills and began to climb. I was on a cycle path, but it soon ended. I then had no choice but to run on the freeway, which pedestrians were banned from. I even had to run through a major tunnel. Then it happened – a police car pulled up with his lights flashing. He informed me that drivers had been calling the police to let them know a runner was on the road. He was very friendly, and simply asked me to hop off the freeway at the next exit. Then, a few minutes later, another police car pulled up with his lights flashing, with the same message. Once again, he was very nice about it all. I was able to exit the freeway very soon after.

It was a very hilly day, with the most climbing I’ve done for many months. The Adelaide Hills is a very beautiful area, very reminiscent of the Blue Mountains, and towns like Leura and Blackheath.

Later I passed through Hahndorf, which is the oldest German town in Australia. It’s also a classic, with most buildings made of stone. It also had a great German bakery, with delicious meat pies.

I ended the day in Kanmantoo, where we were joined by Bob and Sue. It was their last night with us, and they left this morning to head back to Sydney. We currently have no friends travelling with us, for the first time in more than five weeks.

Today I passed through the town of Murray Bridge, crossing the Murray River. The afternoon was spent running to Tailem Bend, a town I last visited in 2010, as part of the Tour de Bois. En route, I enjoyed a lunch of baked beans and sardines, courtesy of Marcelle McNally. This gave me extra propulsion during the afternoon’s run. I finished the day feeling fine, although my thighs were a bit sore from all the up and downhill yesterday.