Jun 27, 2016

I ran a good speed session this morning, entailing 3 x 1 km at an average of 3:27 (3:27, 3:30, 3:24) with a 200 metre jog in between each. Three months ago I ran 5 x 1 km averaging 3:38.

Overall, I think today was actually a better effort. I really don’t need to run any faster than that in training for the 12 hour event in August. The good thing is, it felt like my “comfort speed”. To go any faster would require more stress and pain, so I’m glad I don’t need to up the pace any more. I would if I was training for a 5 km, or even the City to Surf, but not for a 12 hour run.

Here’s another photo from the agricultural belt of Illinois. Although there was a lot of “sameness” about the region, it was still a very pleasant area in which to run.


Illinois Corn Fields


On This Day


Jun 27, 2012

Distance today = 50.90 km; Total distance = 8423.53 km; Location = Hastings, Minnesota – 44 42.941′ N, 92 50.873′ W; Start time = 0901, Finish time = 1702


I headed out of Minneapolis-St Paul this morning – the home of the Minnesota Twins baseball team, the Minnesota Vikings gridiron team, and the setting for the 1970s series The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

I’d like to again thank Sherla and Dave for their unbelievable hospitality. They are such nice people.

I had a bit of a scare this morning when I awoke with a very sore and swollen right foot. I struggled to walk. But, amazingly, once I put on my shoes and started running, I had no pain. And none throughout the day, so things are looking good. But when running around the world, you’re never totally out of the woods. As Bob Dylan said “Don’t speak too soon, for the wheel’s still in spin”. So I’m going to stay vigilant.

Speaking of Bob Dyan, when I was struggling through the floods in Duluth last week, I forgot to mention that Duluth is where Bob Dylan was born and lived till he was six years old.

My new shoes are feeling really good now. I think they just needed to “give a little bit”, so I played them some Supertramp and they responded appropriately. Seriously, though, I have been finding my shoes are getting progressively tighter, and I believe it’s because my feet are actually getting bigger due to the extreme amount of running I’m doing. Not longer, just wider and thicker. I think the bones in my feet are increasing in density and thickness, and the muscles and tendons are getting bigger. This is making it more difficult to fit into my shoes. At least the current shoes appear to have stretched adequately now.

Despite temperatures of 36 C, I felt really quite good as I paralleled the Mississippi River downstream. I’ll be running along the river quite a bit over the next several days. I’m looking forward to it, but not to the high temperatures that are predicted.


Jun 27, 2013

Distance today = 52.05 km; Total distance = 22,206.57 km; Location = Fraser Range, Western Australia (27 km east of) – 32 04.545’ S, 123 04.398′ E; Start time = 0755, Finish time = 1601



Sorry about yesterday’s missing blog, but that’s par for the course in these parts. We are currently on a 150 km strip of road with no phone reception and no internet, and have been completely out of contact since yesterday morning. I only just found out the State of Origin result, and that we have new Prime Minister.

We’re staying tonight on a sheep station that provides camping and accommodation, and the manager has kindly allowed me to use the farm’s computer to do my work. Unfortunately, there may be other times in the future when you will find no daily report, but it is usually impossible for me to know where this might be ahead of time. The lack of phone reception also means the tracker is not updating at the moment.

The past two days have seen more of the same, with lots of trees and no signs of civilization along the road at all – no towns, no petrol stations, no shops, no houses. The roads are mind-numbingly straight for long stretches, and the traffic is relatively sparse – now down to about one vehicle every three minutes on average.

There was a minor drama today. Carmel has been doing food and drink drops along the course, and I pick these up as I reach the designated locations. This allows her to do various other things during the day, instead of just sitting by the side of the road. It has worked well so far. However, today I reached a spot, only to find that some animal had attacked both the food and drink. Carmel had poured the drink into a zip-lock plastic bag, so that I didn’t have to carry an empty bottle when I’d finished it (I never discard any rubbish, other than in official garbage bins, and the plastic bag can be folded up and placed in my pouch). The animal – and I suspect it was a large bird – had clawed and gnawed through two plastic zip-locks, and had also ripped through the wrapper of a yoghurt-topped muesli bar and consumed the lot. I later found out that a similar thing had happened to a drink Carmel had left a few kilometres back. We might have to put hidden cameras out to catch the culprits.

About the only other excitement for the day was when a brand new Winnebago drove past, the size of a bus, towing a matching trailer that was as big as a caravan. I can only imagine how much that cost. As I said, there’s not much happening along the road.