Sep 7, 2015

After an easy run of 5 km yesterday, this morning I put in an encouraging 29 km at good pace. I felt pretty good throughout, although a little tired by the end. I think some of that can be put down to the fact that it was relatively warm for this time of the year and I only stopped for one small drink at about the halfway mark. I wasn’t actually thirsty by the end, but I was probably starting to get a touch dehydrated.

I’ve always found I can get through long runs on minimal water, except on really hot days, of course. It always amuses me when I see people carrying drinks on really short runs or walks. I remember talking with a woman one time who was walking (I was running) – she was carrying two bottles of water. I asked her how far she was walking. It turned out to be about 2.5 km – and it was a cool day and she was walking in the shade. She insisted it was necessary to carry drinks whenever she walked. It’s not!! Why anyone would need to carry a drink to get through a gentle 2.5 km walk is beyond me.

It’s another photo today from the middle of the North Island of NZ. I remember I could see the majestic Mt Ruapehu volcano from a hill top near where this shot was taken.




On This Day


Sep 7, 2012

Distance today = 52.13 km; Total distance = 11,243.79 km; Location = Richmond, Kentucky – 37 44.102′ N, 84 19.583′ W; Start time = 0831, Finish time = 1651


Another great back road today, though I had to get the first 18 km out of the way before I reached it. Almost no traffic at all, and lots of trees to give me shade. Very nice.

We did have a major drama, however. Carmel pulled into a driveway to do a U-turn along a remote part of the road. A guy immediately raced out the front door and aimed a rifle straight at her. She explained what she was doing and he let her go, but she was understandably very upset by the ordeal. Why would a person’s first reaction to such an innocuous situation be to pick up a gun? I was recently told that it is considered irresponsible in the US not to have a gun to protect your family and property. Personally, I feel sorry for anyone who lives in such fear they consider it necessary to keep a gun to protect themselves.

Anyhow, the rest of the day passed uneventfully, but it did get very hot. Relief is in sight, though. The next week is predicted to be markedly cooler that it has been for months. Bring on the autumn.


Sep 7, 2013

Distance today = 46.73 km; Total distance = 26,012.37 km; Location = Marulan, NSW – 34 42.452’ S, 150 02.774′ E; Start time = 0817, Finish time = 1553


Lots happening today. After a short run into Goulburn, I was joined by Richard and Barry. Barry and Debbie had surprised me last night by turning up in Goulburn – the first time we’ve seen them on the road since Istanbul – and we all had dinner with Poddy and Ann in town.

My cousin, Karen, also came down for a lightning visit today, running 10 km with us out of Goulburn. Poddy also joined in on his bike. It was all freeway running, but the time passed quickly as we ran as a group.

As we approached Marulan, my uncle and aunt, Alan and Nola, were waiting by the side of the road to surprise me, along with another cousin, Warren. It was nice to see them after many years.

I had to duck into a polling booth in Marulan to vote in the Federal election, after which, I ran a short distance with Barry to conclude the day. I passed two milestones during the day – 26,000 km and 99% of the journey complete. Barry totalled 20 km today, and Richard 22 km.

It was a very warm day, apparently 29 C in Sydney, so it appears we are well out of winter now. Tomorrow I’ll be heading along the Southern Highlands, getting ever closer to the coast.