Oct 5th 2011. From km 136.6 (Guatemala) to km 125 La Hachadura, El Salvador border town 27km today, ran with pack, a bit heavy. Cross into El Salvador and going to use Playa Mizata as a base. Met John-Henry who was on the way to his girlfriend Christy’s house to stay with her and her parents Celio and Mabel. A quick phone call and I was invited to stay and use the family home as a base for 3 days while I commuted to my start/finish locations.

Oct 6th 2011. From yesterdays finish at km 125 El salvador border town  to km 80 Acajutla. Today I ran 45km. Note I decided to stay in km5 Restaurant/hostel and save the commute to Celio`s today hoping for an early start tomorrow.

Oct 7th 2011 From km 80 to Metaya at km 73.8. Today 42.2km run.

Note: From last nights finish location at a junction kilometer markers changed and I also ran 2km on a slip road. I didn’t get the early start,very tired this morning.

Oct. 8th 2011. From km 78.8  on route ca-02 Metaya to km 48 in Melara, at church,

Note: After running thru town of La Liberdad at km 35 markers which were counting down started counting back up! For rest of the day distances were not clear. I ran about 52km today but am claiming ONLY 50km! Total to date = 12,384km. Missed last bus back to Celio’s who came out 20km to collect me, also thanks to a resident of La Perla for phoning Celio.

Oct 9th. 2011. From km 48 in Melara to Cuyultitan at km 25. Today only 23km as after 14km I stopped at a (rare) supermar4ket and had a gorge! Result one sick stomach! I am learning many lessons, the hard way. Commute back to Hacienda San Diego.

Oct 10th 2011 From km 25, Cuyultitan to km 58 Zacateocoluca. = 33km run. Bad day as I was a bit dehydrated after (stupidly) not drinking enough after yesterdays diarrhoea (Imodium is great) Another lesson I knew but ignored

Oct 11th 2011. From Zacateocoluca to Usulutan at km 117. Today I ran 53km and it rained heavily every step of the way. I ran ankle deep in puddles, so no need to wash my feet tonight. A one hour wait for bus back to Zacateocoluca. Total for 283 road days = 12,493km

Oct 12th 2011 From Usulatan to San Miguel 43.5km today. Route Ca-02 and some back roads via San Jorge. I had an ugly experience there when a man appeared to go into his house and bring out 2 ugly dogs. And just looked on as they harrased the approaching gringo. I was told this was a very unsafe area and stopped to ask for a police escort. The officers said they couldnt because of the rain!! Eventually I pressurised them and they agreed. I ran in torrential rain for 3 more hours, pot holes, huge puddles and thankfully the puddles didnt cover 2 manholes which had missing covers on the road.

Oct 13th 2011. From San Miguel, km137 to Santa Rosa de Lima,km177. Route: Ca-07 commonly reffered to as ” Ruta Millitar” Am a couple of hours from the El salvador border now. 40km today.

Oct 14th 2011. From Santa Rosa de Lima, El Salvador I ran 16,5km here Crossed to Honduras and ran another 20km. 36.5km today. At the end of the day when I was returning to my hotel at the border town, 2 bus drivers did not stop for the gringo. This is a common occurance for me on the road in Central America. These busses were not expresses nor were they  full. Thanks to Hector for stopping one for me. He stood with me outside his shop for half an hour.

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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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