Jan 28, 2017

I’m back in Sydney now and, yes, running is more difficult in the hotter and more humid conditions. But the benefits I accumulated down south have definitely made me fitter, and I’m feeling faster, even in the more oppressive conditions.

One thing that’s not in my favour is weight. I weighed myself this morning and I am almost 84 kilograms. That’s about 17 kg heavier than when I was running around the world.

This week I begin my official training campaign for the races I’ll be doing this year. That includes dropping quite a bit of weight. In some respects it’s advantageous to have done several months of running at a heavier weight. As long as you can get through it without injury (and injury is much more likely if you’re running overweight, especially calf strains), you end up stronger when you eventually drop that weight.

So stay tuned over the coming months for updates. My aim is to drop at least 10 kg by the time of the Big Red Run in the Simpson Desert (assuming I do it). I’d like to see something on the scales starting with 73 or below by mid June. Most of that loss will come in the first couple of months.

This photo was taken when I was much lighter, probably around 70 kg at the time. It was in Colorado on the high plateau. Needless to say, it’s a breeze losing weight when you’re running over 50 km every day. It’s not so easy when you’re sitting at a desk most of the day.



On This Day


Jan 28, 2012

Distance today = 56.82 km; Total distance = 1441.93 km; Location = Waitetoko, NZ –  38 54.334′ S, 175 55.742′ E; Start time = 0841, Finish time = 1626


Just another standard day at the office – majestic scenery combined with the peace and quiet (except for passing cars) that comes with running country roads. I felt strong this morning, courtesy of the great Thai green chicken curry that Libby made last night.

I began the day at the base of Mount Ruapehu, which this morning was completely revealed, in contrast to yesterday afternoon when it was hiding behind a cloud cover. You really need to see a snow capped 3000 m high volcano in the flesh to fully appreciate it. And running alongside it for half a day adds another dimension again.

Descending from the volcanic plateau, I encountered a young hitch-hiking couple from the Czech Rebublic in the middle of nowhere. They asked me if I thought it was a good location to pick up a ride. Given we were 15 km from the nearest civilization, I replied in the negative, not that they had any option now. I bid them farewell and good luck. Hopefully they didn’t have to wait too long.

A little further on I picked up a stash of food and drink that was earlier deposited by the support crew. They had phoned me to describe where to find it. The process went over like clockwork. I did struggle a little, though, with the volume of food – tuna, hummus, two slices of bread, banana, and four cookies, along with a litre of drink.

I finished the day right on the shores of Lake Taupo. Tomorrow I will have a short day, running along the eastern shore of the lake and into the town of Taupo itself.

Please note, the link above to Garmin Connect will now be the same each day. It will take you to my list of runs, with the latest being on top. You can then click on any of them to see more detail of that particular run.



Jan 28, 2013

Distance today = 51.98 km; Total distance = 15,639.52 km; Location = Alvega, Portugal – 39 28.001′ N, 08 03.013′ W; Start time = 0915, Finish time = 1730


Cracked the 50 km mark today, so I’m pretty much back to normal now. The weather was greatly improved – a bit misty in the morning, but the afternoon was perfect. I finished the day in the late afternoon sunshine, with the shadows long and low, and not a breath of wind. Running through rustic villages in these conditions reminded me of riding with my old mate, Quinny, on the Tour de Bois. He would have loved this afternoon.

Tonight we’re staying in a 300 year old hotel. The room is huge and grand, with antique furniture throughout.  Portugal is a bit of a hidden treasure. Many tourists are not really aware of the place. I’ve always enjoyed it here. Ever since we met our great friends, Vanessa and PT, back in in 1986, through the visits in regard to wave energy, and now the world run, it’s been a place I’ve really enjoyed. It’s a very diverse country, with a great maritime culture, but also historic villages and castles in the interior of the country.

I’m a bit tired tonight, which I guess is to be expected. I’m looking forward to a very nice sleep in a very nice old bed.