Oct 10, 2014

My Achilles felt great when I ran this morning. I have a suspicion as to why this was the case, but I’ll refrain from speaking too soon. If I’m correct, the injury should get better quite quickly from here on. If so, I’ll then reveal the reason.

I want to stress one important point which some may not realise. The entire time I’ve had this injury I have never once taken any pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs. I have occasionally taken such things in the past, but only for trauma injuries. For example, if I was to twist an ankle or fall and injure a shoulder, I might resort to taking an anti-inflammatory for a couple of days while the injury healed. That’s because such an injury isn’t caused directly by the running.

But any over-use injury  (an injury directly resulting from running too much or too fast too often) will simply be masked by painkilling drugs, ultimately leading to the injury getting worse. Best to grin and bear any pain while you determine the cause, or simply rest. That’s also the philosophy I employed while I was running around the world.


On This Day


Oct 10, 2012

Distance today = 52.25 km; Total distance = 12,951.03 km; Location = Binghamton, New York State – 42 08.508′ N, 75 54.192′ W; Start time = 0855, Finish time = 1710


It was a very hilly day, though the hills came in three distinct sections. Once again, the uphills were more enjoyable than the downhills.

This morning I passed a cow with a very newborn calf. The mother was licking the baby, and still had part of the placenta hanging from her. The calf’s umbilical cord was dangling beneath it and was covered in blood. I estimate I missed the birth by no more than a few minutes.

I’ve had some big donations in the past few days, and I’d like to thank all the St Charles’ School community in Waverley, Sydney, Australia in particular. The school had a ‘Crazy Sock Day’ and a second hand book sale and raised a $1000! Amazing effort kids! Many thanks to Marcelle McNally for co-ordinating the fund raising event. Also, thanks to the Miami Motel in Canandaigua – a great 1950s style motel that has been tastefully renovated, preserving the important bits, while ensuring none of the modern comforts are missing.

Now, for the winners of yesterday’s song trivia question. The answer was James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James. First prize goes to Chook Evans, while Bernie Breen followed very close behind. Thanks also to those others who answered correctly.

Finally, happy 21st birthday to Meggy Moo, auntie of The Ty-Man.