Feb 18th 2011. Crawfordville to Indiana/Illinois state line 61.3km  =  38.1 miles. :)

Staying  with Kevin and Janet tonight and tomorrow for a rest day in Danville, Illinois. Thanks so much :)

Feb 20th 2011 Illonoisstate line on US136 to Mayview, west of 53.8km = 34.4 miles

Tonight I am staying with Tracy and Laura.  Thanks for all your great help :)


I was running up a long gradual hill in Westfield Indiana today and feeling a bit tired. I stopped for a cappuccino and then continued on up route 32 west. I think I need some help.

I am at mile 18 and there are about 10 more to go. I am asked many times what I think about when running. Well it varies. But this is typical. I can get into a dream state. Perhaps that’s how I took that wrong turn last week? A wrong turn that turned out to be a good turn as I met some more amazing people that I will write about soon.

So today I was plodding up that long drag when I heard his voice in my head.
” Tony I believe you got some news for us today? ”
” Who are you? ”
” News Hound from Sky News! ”


I get to mile 19 and it levels out a bit.
” So what you want? ” I ask.
” Tony tell me about the man in the red coat. ”
” Santa you mean? You are a bit late. ”
” No the other one. ”
” Well you are a couple of days late for Valentines! ”
” No No! ” Barked hound.
” Well you must mean Liverpool my old soccer team but I don’t know what they are doing anymore. ”
They are from England but out of Europe now… Soccer is a mixed up sport now.. Figure that one out.
” Ah I get it now Hound Dog! I ran my 100th marathon of this World Run  a couple of hours ago… Is that the breaking news? ”
” No No Tony… It’s far more important than that because its very warm today and you nearly ditched that red coat! ”


Mile 20.
” Yes its getting very warm now and the big news is that it seems the worst of the winter is over and you know what Hound Dog… I nearly took that red coat off that has not come off my back since October 25th! ”
” Yes I can see  and smell that Tony the fields are starting to thaw and the water is all over the road. You are getting a lot of splashings as the trucks go by. ”
Mile 21.
” How far you going today? ”
” Well Hound you know the way those  super models say they don’t get out of bed for less than 100k? ”
” They want to run for Ireland in the Celtic Plate 100km international next month? ”
” No silly they want 100 grand! ”
Head scratch and mile 22.
” Well Hound I don’t  like to get out of bed for less than 42k.. Two for the price of one. ”
” Whats that in American? ”
” 26.2 miles or a marathon.. I don’t like to get out of bed for less than a marathon or I’m not a happy camper. ”
” But you haven’t camped since Newfoundland! ”
” No silly… That’s an Irish expression for not being too happy about something. But I may ease back next week or the week after..You know the recession! ”
Mile 25 and coming into Jolietville..
” So whats that news again Tony? ”
” They told me its 61 degrees Farenheit. Whatever that is but I know its getting hot! Summer is on the way.. I don’t want to tempt fate..”
” Anyway Hound… What you doing here? A bad news week.. Did they kick you out of Egypt or swim from Australia? ”
” Give me a break Tony.. I just want a scoop.. And what were you saying about the super models getting out of bed to run the Celtic Plate 100km? ”
” No another misquote Hound!  I said they don’t get out of bed for less than a 100 grand for a photo shoot. ”
 Mile 26.
” Hey Tony when those models take off their clothes don’t the truck drivers honk their horns? ”
” Yes always. ”
” Well Tony why were the truck drivers honking at you when you were taking off that red jacket? ”
” Look Hound… This is your exclusive when I take that red jacket off I will have my own photo shoot of the occasion..The first time since October :)   I think we beat the winter…And the truck drivers are honking to tell me to get off the road! ”

” But Tony surely if you take that red Event Montane coat off Great Outdoors will not be too happy with you? ”

” I am hoping that Great Outdoors, Irelands leading camping and outdoors store will give me a blue Event Montane coat as it is the best one on the market.”
”  No need to turn the subject blue….  Tony I see you just stopped… 28.4 miles today. Are you going back to bed? ”
” No Hound.. I just worked a bit of overtime. ”

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  1. Ann Says:

    Hi Tony, enjoyed the blog. Missed reading over the last few days, so enjoyed the update. Congratulations on the 100 marathons. Great achievement. Take care Ann x

  2. Ann Says:

    P.S. I forgot to mention great advert for Great Outdoors and you really cant get rid of the red jacket, you will have have to put it into storage after it gets a well deserved wash :)

  3. Mark & Debbie Says:

    Hi Tony, Congrats on the 100 marathons, We enjoyed having you stay with us for 2 nights, We have been keeping track of your journey, hope you had a nice visit with Marks sister near Noblesville Wednesday.
    Take Care
    Mark & Debbie

  4. theworldjog Says:

    thanks Mark and Debbie, Yes I had a wonderful time in Mt. Vernon and thanks for all the help you both gave me also your brother Joel.
    Yes I had a nice time with your relations and will blog it soon. Tony

  5. nancy Says:

    congrats on your 100th marathon (+), tony. we are keeping track of you and so glad to see you had a good rest at the cabin. atta boy! even God rested!

  6. Ciaran Says:

    Ha, great blog Tony, just like Jimmy Rabbite in The Commitments.

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I have always considered myself to be an average runner. In school, I was even bullied for I was a sports wimp. Through hard work, dedication, perseverance, self-belief and a strong mind I succeeded in not only running around the world but breaking four ultra running world records during my competitive career. Having previously cycled around the world I didn't start running until I was almost 30. Then I had a dream of running around the world. For many reasons, I waited for over 20 years. One reason was to establish my pedigree as an endurance athlete. I started and finished my world run as the current World Record-Holder for 48 Hours Indoor Track 426 kilometres (265 miles), a record I have held since 2007. I also broke and still hold the World Record for 48 hours on a Treadmill 405 kilometres (251 miles) in 2008. When I retired from competition, more pleasing than any of my world, European or Irish records I had the respect of my fellow athletes from all over the world - in my opinion, sports greatest reward - an achievement I am most proud of. Then I finally put myself out to pasture, to live my ultimate dream to run around the world! This blog was written on the road while I struggled to find places to sleep and to recover from running an average of 43.3 kilometres or 27 miles per day for 1,165 road days. There were many nights I typed this blog on a smart phone, so fatigued my eyes closed. Many journalists and endurance athletes have referred to my world run as the most difficult endurance challenge ever attempted. During my expedition I rarely had any support vehicles, running mostly with a backpack. In the more desolate areas I pushed my gear, food and water in a cart which I called Nirvana, then I sent her on ahead to run with my backpack once again over altitudes of almost 5,000 metres in the Andes. I stayed in remote villages where many people had never seen a white person before. I literally met the most wonderful people of this world in their own backyard and share many of those amazing experiences in this blog. My run around the world took 4 years. There were no short cuts, I ran every single metre on the road while seeking out the most comprehensive route across 41 countries, 5 continents, I used 50 pair of running shoes and my final footstep of the run was exactly 50,000 kilometres, (almost 31,000 miles) I eventually finished this tongue in cheek named world jog where I started, at the finish line of my city marathon. I started my global run with the Dublin Marathon on October 25th 2010 and finished with the Dublin Marathon on October 27th 2014 at 3 05pm! Thank you for your support, I hope you can share my unique way of seeing the world, the ultimate endurance challenge! Read more...


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