Nov 19, 2014

I think I will do a long run tomorrow. The heel felt pretty good today, so I reckon it’s time to give it a go. I’ll only be running slowly and on as flat a course as I can find (and they’re not easy to find around here). I’m expecting to cover up to 25 km, my longest run in more than six months. Perhaps it’s a mistake, but I’ll be treading carefully, both figuratively and literally.

Kevin Carr ran 60 km yesterday, which is a great day of running under the circumstances. Many will have seen the news reports of the extreme winter weather in the central northern US, exactly where Kevin is running. I believe the temperature is predicted to rise to 0 C in a few days. Still cold, but Kevin should find that a lot easier than running in blizzards. He is now 1,341 km behind with 143 days to make up the difference.


On This Day


Nov 19, 2012

Distance today = 46.01 km; Total distance = 14,621.16 km; Location = San Luis, Argentina – 33 17.783′ S, 66 17.550′ W; Start time = 0928, Finish time = 1658


It was another tough day, mainly due to the heat. I was basically on one long straight road all day, with temperatures in the mid 30s. And most of the day was uphill, albeit a gentle slope.

There was little to look at, until I approached the city of San Luis. At least the scenery varied a bit in town. I was offered water by some picnickers on the straight road. They must have thought I was out there on that long 55 km stretch without any support.

When I reached San Luis, I turned and looked back. Honestly, you could see all the way back to the previous hill, now more than 60 km in the distance, with the road running like a ribbon all the way to the horizon.

Tomorrow I head toward Villa Mercedes, which will take me two days to reach.


Nov 19, 2013

I attended the NSW Australian of the Year Awards last night, along with Carmel and Hannah. It was a great experience, with many inspirational people there. As readers may remember, I predicted some time ago that Adam Goodes would receive the main award, and I’m pleased to say I was correct. I also picked the winners in the other three categories too – Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year, and Local Hero. I was just very happy to be a finalist and it was humbling to take my place among the other finalists.

Yesterday was eventful on another front too. I was working in the backyard during the day with old friend, Peter, and badly strained a muscle in my back. It’s still very painful. Even though it hurts to run, it isn’t bad enough to stop me, and I managed a solid 7 km this morning. I hope it mends soon, as painful running in not enjoyable.