Speaking words of wisdom from the Beatles Hotel, Jaco, Costa Rica

Yeah Mangan, who’s doin yer talking!

I had a couple of days over the last weekend when I actually asked myself if I was enjoying myself as much as I should be. If I was surely everyone was right and I needed a couple of screws tightened. What with sweat  dripping down my body like a slow tap running as I ran in blisterin heat, circumstances and lack of time forcing me to run right through the hottest time  of the day. I wondered if it was a mistake sending Nirvana onto Buenos Aries, Argentina when I have another friend in Equador that offered to take delivery  of her and obviously  nearer than BA.

You see I am having serious trouble running with my pack in this heat. When I experimented with this in Mexico I coped reasonably well.. But just like pushing Nirvana in the first days  of the expedition, when I was so fresh  that I could push her with just one  finger :) Well these things are compounding, compounded effort leads to serious fatigue.. Right now I am running myself into the ground.

There were days when running with the pack that I felt as strong as a horse :) then the following day it was a long slow  plod..

Perhaps other factors came into play here, like not enough sleep , nutrition, recovery time due to the commute  I mentioned a couple of weeks ago.

My total baggage was about 4 and a half kilos. Now its about 2, I will explain later in this posting.

If you remember I  mentioned  a couple of weeks ago that I finished my days running that without a support vehicle I had devised a system of commuting back and forth to my previous days finishing location. Sometimes this worked like a peach for example it I was running along the highway and a bus came towards me going back in the direction my hotel or place I left my bag… Life is easy I could just stop it and the next day continue running  from the  previous kilometer marker..

Well, that was not as easy as it sounds as many bus drivers  simply didn’t stop for the gringo on the roadside.. Best to finish in a town and besides if I finish on the road in the middle of nowhere that’s  exactly where  I  have to return to the very  next day, to continue running towards the town but then with a heavy pack. Also a 45km commute can sometimes take a long time..

Sometimes I think I must suspend the ‘ eternal optimist ‘ in favour of the realist.

I have since heard another reason  the bus drivers  don’t stop is the perceived language barrier, they just couldn’t be bothered.

Last night I waited an hour and a half for my bus from where I finished running  in Parrita to where my hotel is in Jaco, where  I finished on Sunday.. This is crazy, a total of nearly three hours including travel and a 25 minute walk from the bus stop.. I try to be accepting of this, listening to my music, but there is a limit as I need to rest,eat and recover as best as I can, also this is one ot the reasons my blog is suffering due to my lack of time.

At the end of every day I am wiped out. And for a man that never had any trouble getting up in the mornings, now I often hit the snooze button for over two hours before somehow managing to venturing out of bed.


Don’t get me wrong the motivation is still cast iron, I’m just more tired. some days I feel as though I’m in the 40th hour of a 48 hour race again.

I mentioned in the log that at the end of Sundays run I discovered this lovely hotel, The Beatles Hotel owned by Roberto. Roberto is a very decent person. At first he told me the beautiful spacious luxurious suite I am staying in now would be $50 a night! A bargain for the large amount of gringos here but out of my league. I told him about the world run and it didn’t take me long to bargain the Beatles fanatic down to $20, still a bit steep for me but I am delighted with it and felt I deserved it.

Much of this extra comfort is due to the recent increased support from my main sponsor, many thanks to THE NORTH POLE MARATHON

Roberto is such a kind soul that I am sure I could have bargained him down further, but I didn’t have the nerve!

I looked around at the pictures of the Fab Four who he calls Los 4 Grandes.

Yes the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing, The White Album

Thank you Roberto you were there for me when I needed HELP!

All this while Roberto joked with me and his receptionist, the conflictingly named Priscilla (as in Presley)


So YESTERDAY before commuting back I said to myself ” How about a rest day Tony, you have not had one in two weeks? ” Yes I know it was A HARD DAYS NIGHT

After all Roberto is such a decent man I know he won’t mind me taking a second night.

I told myself at the start of year two that there were too many rest days last year and this year I will need to ‘ get the finger out! ‘ I now plan less rest days and less daily distance, afterall, rest days are for wimps :)

Actually I rarely plan them,I just take them when a ‘ gift horse ‘ arrives, like this one or the many lovely places I stayed at in Mexico.

Time to GET BACK!

I had great plans for today, no not lying on the sands of the glorious Jaco beach, only a block away. I have never availed  of even one facility when given a discount or comp.hotel. Nor was I gonna TWIST AND SHOUT.

So what was I going to do?


Sorry for this torture!

I figured on doing two huge things…

Time to get back to being a PAPERBACK WRITER!

Yes I would spend about 8 or 9 hours in an internet cafe  and catch up on the blog, yes that would surely PLEASE PLEASE ME!

Well the great day dawned and


Ah! Tony


And if I told you,

IF I FELL out of bed and into the internet cafe, that would  be a lie. Why do you lie and cry to me,as they say.. I’LL CRY INSTEAD.

I rambled down to Subway and had a foot long sub! Or 35 cm as they are known as here. Hey one reason I’m metric! Also had an apple  pie and four coffees! The whole morning gone..

Back to  checking emails, hungry again, lunchtime.

I stopped at the supermarket for the ingredients for my 4 course lunch. AND I LOVE HER!


I am called into action with my favorite meal. No Tony, you are no childrens role model..

For my starter  I tucked into a half kilo bag of crisps, or chips as my American friends call them. Biscuits or even cookies for the main course.

My pharmacist and general health advisor Greg tells me to lay off Coca Cola, so I pull a fast one and wash it all down with a 3 liter bottle of Pepsi Cola :)


Along with a 250 ml tub of ice cream. At this point I am a bit peeved off as I discover a refrigerator in my room and I could have bought e world runner tub size and not this little girl size :(

No tip to the waiter. He forgot the chocolate :(

I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, yes SOMETHING makes me wonder if running around the world is an excuse for gluttony :) AND I LOVE HER!

So, what about the important things and I am thinking ANY TIME AT ALL.

I do what I do best, waste time..

I rush back to the supermarket, grab a cardboard box, get some tape, marker and a scissors from the lovely and agreeable Pricilla. Lash 2 and a half kilos of my gear that I don’t need… Or have found a way to survive without. What do I need a towel or hat for when I have a bandana! I will do a posting on (what’s left of) my equipment list and how every single item has to earn its keep.. How if I saw the end off anything else, toothbrush,comb,razor…well I will need to start carying a saw around with me :) Also gone is the nail clippets, back to being a child by biting my big toenail off, or even borrowing s scissors.


Yes and TELL ME WHY.

I rush down to the post office catching them minutes  before they close. 

Yes I posted more than half my baggage home and instantly felt a huge weight off my shoulders, I apologize for  that pun!

Yes my arms were sore just carrying my parcel  to the post office.


Back at the Beatles Hotel Prisilla is trying to load me up spare pens and notepads.. Ah! Now if you keep this up I will start calling this place


Gotta watch my weight :) The equipment I mean, not the calories.

So now hopefully I can run from door to door easier and less commuting. I mean the hotel or place I finish at I will continue the next day :


Tomorrow I will return to where I finished on Monday… The LOVELY parRITA.

THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD..that leads from door to door.

Later I played my rarely played Beatles songs and wondered what Roberto would have reacted, had he bern here.


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9 Responses to “Speaking words of wisdom from the Beatles Hotel, Jaco, Costa Rica”

  1. theworldjog Says:

    40Km Wednesday.. Ran well with backpack :) Had a lovely steak dinner in Restaurant Club Roncador. The waiter says I can sleep in the back :) but with the mosquitoes :(
    Thursday morning : Actually I slept well till 9am! Daniel put a mattress and blankets out for me! Thanks to everyone here.

  2. theworldjog Says:

    Spot say they will issue me a new tracking device but the problem is getting it to me on the road. I suggested Panama City as the most convenient but its almost three weeks away. I am working on a possibility for picking it up in David,Panama about 4 or 5 days away. Many people have sent me messages about how disappointed they are but its hard for me on the road to sort these things out. Many thanks to my old friend Greg Havely who is emailing Spot a lot on my behalf. Thanks also to Spot for generously extending my warranty which expired a few days before it developed this faulty .

  3. stewart Says:

    hi tony….another great read
    quit yer whining and get the job done!!!
    no seriously….i realize it must be tough at times and i know that the heat/mossies/dogs/ asshole bus drivers etc must be a real pain in the ass …but hey aren’t you living your dream?????????????…hang in there..stay off the coka cola and stick with the water….

    wish i was where you are ..on the wide open road …livin the dream
    i hope all is well with you…excuse the rant!!!!

    a huge beatles fan

    your friends in newfoundland

    stewart and bernie cochrane



  4. Andrés Montero Flores Says:

    Yes…Yess….Tony, one thing is stay watching back, another drinking PEPSI-Cola. Remember de amberse word meaning PEPSI (ISdEd) dark drinks- sweet poison¡

    Gringos creates colas thinking to kill people with and wide smile¡¡

    While…my dear Tony,….strength your spirit on your mind.

    We will be praying your blestnness, my friend.

    with love….

    Montero & Family
    Ahuacatlán Nayarit, México.

  5. Ann Says:

    Ah Tony, “Let it Be”. Fair play to Roberto and Pricila “Ain’t She Sweet”. Glad your not in “A World Without Love” Just “Act Naturally” and “Let It Be” after all you could be “Back in the U.S.S.R.”

    Great read Tony we really enjoyed it and glad to see you still retaining your sense of humour.Hope you get the Spot sorted soon with the help of Greg. Take care Ann :)

  6. Greg Havely Says:

    Tony–hahaha–Pepsi now huh—oh, and I did pick up on the four (4) cups of coffee with a bunch of pies etc—-hmmmmmm—-trust you will get back to the hydration fluids we talked about way back in Baja—no more red pee—-OK—-sounds like you are getting the heat anyway–and no doubt it is quite a bit more humid then Baja–more reason to be careful!!!—-OK enough lecturing—-hope the SPOT works out–they sounded pretty amiable about it in the last e-mail so hopefully will get your replaced at least by PC–hopefully David–all right–I am going to go hydrate with a nice big glass of beer ha ha ha—and then I will run to the couch and sit down to watch football!!!!—keep up the great effort—I know the area you are running through very well-Dominical is a great little spot!!!–lovely place—–anyway my friend—good running–Greg

  7. Serena Says:

    Tony BOYS! I don’t think I would envy A DAY IN THE LIFE of you with BECAUSE of the mossies, dogs, lack of clothes!! But sure ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE and support and we certainly love enjoying your amazing blogs!DON’T EVER CHANGE, keep on running, but maybe stay off the coca cola as Greg says as EVERY LITTLE THING “HELP”s!! As the fella once said HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN!

    We could do withsome of that heat in Ireland at the moment! Stay safe Tony and keep up the good work!

    Love, Serena

  8. Seong Ong Says:

    Please let me know, Creg Havely, if you were a traveller I met in Kyoto, Japan, about 25 years ago, you live in Oregon,USA, it would be nice to know if you are the person I have met. I am from Malaysia, but living in Norway for many years.
    Cheers Seong

  9. theworldjog Says:

    Yes Seong, it is him and I forwarded your email to him! Cheers, Tony

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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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