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PANAMA DAILY LOG

NOTE THIS LOG NEEDS TO BE UPDATED WHEN I GET A CHANCE!

TOTAL TO DATE 26 NOV FOR 323 ROAD DAYS = 14,106km.

SORRY TO MY AMERICAN FRIENDS FOR NOT GIVING TOTAL IN MILES ALSO. MY PHONE IS BROKEN AND WITH IT MY CALCULCATOR!

TO CONVERT FROM KM´S TO MILES PLEASE DIVIDE KM BY 1.60934

Nov 26th From La Chorrera at km (Protection Civil office) to Via Centenario km9 (outskirts of Panama City) = 26km today.

Fri 25th From San Carlos km 93 to La Chorrera at km 35. = 58km Today. Just 35km from Panama City now!

This is a tough week as I am trying to get to Panama City by Saturday afternoon = km 0 as my host in the city, Stephen has asked me to address a meeting there with his friends. Stephen has been just unbelievable in helping me with so many local issues including picking my new Spot tracking device. More on this later. So it should be an easy 35km tomorrow!

Thursday 24th Nov From west of Penenome km 154 to San Carlos km 93. Today I ran 61km.

TOTAL TO DATE 23 NOV FOR 320 ROAD DAYS = 13,961km

SO 61KM ON THURSDAY :) WHICH I DEDICATE TO: ” HAPPY THANKSGIVING (THURSDAY 24th) TO ALL MY AMERICAN FRIENDS, HELPERS AND FOLLOWERS! ”

WED. 22ND NOV. FROM DIVISIA KM 213 TO FLORIDA NIGHT CLUB! NEAR PENENOME KM 154 = 59KM TODAY……

 MOSTLY GOOD WEATHER BUT PRETTY HOT AROUND NOON. RAN A LOT ON OPPOSITE SIDE OF ROAD AS THERE WERE A LOT OF SHADY TREES. 3 DAYS IN A ROW NOW I FINNISHED VERY STRONG :) cOMMUTE BACK TO AGUADULCE. AM STAYING IN THE CIVIL PROTECTION COMPOUND, GREAT PEOPLE. THEY HAVE OFFERED TO SEND MY BACKPACK ONTO THEIR OFFICE IN LA CHORRERA WHERE I EXPECT TO BE IN 2 DAYS TIME, SO THAT MEANS NO DOUBLE COMMUTE TO COLLECT BAGS, I CAN RUN FROM DOOR TO DOOR! I WANT TO ARRIVE IN PANAMA CITY (PC) ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. SO I NEED ANOTHER COUPLE OF MASSIVE DAYS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY!

HERE IS MY ROUTE TO PANAMA CITY.. PRESS  HERE

MY FRIEND STEPHEN COLLECTED MY NEW SPOT TRACKER FROM A DEALERSHIP THIS MORNING, FOR ME TURNING THIS ON WILL BE LIKE TURNING ON THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!

TUESDAY 22ND FROM GALVISON TO DIVISA = 56KM TOTAL = 13,902KM FOR 319 ROAD DAYS.

MONDAY 21ST FIRST LOG ON IN 5 DAYS. AND THEY ARE CLOSING UP! TOTAL IS NOW

13, 846KM FOR 318 ROAD DAYS.

51KM TODAY, MONDAY FINISHED 22KM WEST OF SANTIAGO IN PLACE CALLED GALVISON OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT!

I KEPT UP MY 50KM IN EVERY COUNTRY, EXCEPT IRELAND RECORD WITH 51 TODAY. I STILL GOT THE STOMACH BUG, ONE WEEK NOW!

THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT AND THE LADS WORKING ON THE WEBSITE ISSUES FOR ME!

TONY

WEDNESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER  13,579KM RUN TO DATE.

Panama: FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PANAMA CLICK  HERE

Canoas (Costa Rica border town),David,El Piro,Santiago,Aguadulce,Rio Hato,Panama City,Chepo,Torti,Santa Fe,Meteti,Yaviza.

The road runs out at Yaviza because of the Darien Gap jungle.

For some amazing stuff on the Darien Gap please read this HERE

It will be necessary to get a ferry or a flight from Panama to Colombia. My aim is to run around the world. I cannot go further than Yaviza unless Iwant to spend a month in the off season bushwhacking my way walking and taking ferries. That would not be running around the world. There is nothing I can do about this this is why I am resuming from Necocli, Colombia as it is further north than Yaviza, Panama.

I expect to be in Colombia in about 3 weeks or so.

ON THE MAP BELOW PLEASE SCROLL A LITTLE TO THE RIGHT TO SEE MY PLANNED STARTING POINT IN COLOMBIA, NECOCLI, WHICH OF COURSE WILL BE THE START OF SOUTH AMERICA !

CLICK  HERE FOR MAP AND DETAILS OF MY PANAMA ROUTE.

HI ALL

SORRY FOR THE LACK OF UPDATES LATELY.

I AM ABSOLUTELY BOGGED DOWN WITH ISSUES. 2 WITH SPOT.

THEY HAVE DECIDED TO GIVE ME MY REPLACEMENT IN PANAMA CITY WHICH IS ABOUT 450KM OR A WEEK AND A HALF AWAY FROM WHERE I AM NOW IN A CITY CALLED ” DAVID ”

I ALSO MENTIONED A FEW DAYS AGO THAT THE LOVELY GOOGLE MAP IS ABOUT TO BE PULLED BY THEM AS THEIR OPERATING SYSTEMS HAVE CHANGED.

I HAVE A COUPLE OF FRIENDS WORKING ON THIS FOR ME BUT MAY NEED MORE HELP AND IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO CHANGE THE MAP FROM A GOOGLE MAP TO ANOTHER TYPE OF MAP. THE MORE HELP THE MERRIER.

THERE ARE MANY OTHER THINGS GOIMG ON. TONIGHT JUST LIKE LAST NIGHT I HAVE BEEN ON THE COMPUTER FOR 5 HOURS BEFORE EVEN BEEN ABLE TO PULL UP MY OWN SITE!

MANY THANKS TO GREG HAVELY FOR HIS HELP WITH COMMUNICATING ON MY BEHALF WITH SPOT!

JUST QUICKLY,

MONDAY 14TH I RAN 36KM TO THE INTERNATIONAL PENSION WHERE I STAYED JUST 2KM INSIDE PANAMA JUST PAST PASO CANOAS. I CROSSED FROM COSTA RICA TO PANAMA, MY 10TH COUNTRY ON THIS WORLD RUN.

TUES 15TH I HAD A STOMACH BUG PROB DUE TO A DODGY KEBAB AT THE BORDER ON MONDAY! I ONLY MANAGED 12KM AS I HAD AN ENERGY CRISIS AND THE FINAL STRAW WAS WHEN THE TORRENTIAL RAIN CAME!

WED 16TH STILL HAD THE BUG BUT NOT AS BAD AND RAN 36KM TO THIS TOWN DAVID. IT WAS HERE THAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO START MY TRIAL RUN FOR THIS WORLD RUN IN 2002 AS MENTIONED A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. PLEASE SEE THE GENESIS OF THE WORLD JOG.

TONIGHT AND LAST NIGHT I AM STAYING WITH A MAN CALLED NORMAN. NORMAN IS FROM COVENTRY IN ENGLAND AND HAS BEEN LIVING HERE FOR 10 YEARS. HE IS VERY KIND AND HELPFUL TO ME. IT HAS BEEN GREAT TO EAT HEAVILLY BUTTERED SPUDS AND TETLEYS TEA! I HAVE ALSO HAD A MUCH NEEDED CHANCE TO UPDATE MY MUSIC COLLECTION…ITS AMAZING HOW YOU GET THRU 5 DAYS OF MUSIC, SO LOOKING FORWARD TO SOME NEW TUNES.

ANYWAY JUST GOING BACK TO THAT TRIAL RUN THAT I MENTIONED IT WAS IN 2002 WHEN I LIVED IN COLORADO THAT I SPENT A COUPLE OF WEEKS TRAVELLING DOWN TO DAVID, SELECTED BECAUSE IT WAS JUST INSIDE PANAMA, THE FIRST CITY. IT COULD HAVE BEEN PANAMA CITY ITSELF.

YOU MAY REMEMBER I DID NOT GET TO RUN THAT CIRCA 3,000KM/2,000MILE ” RECONNAISSANCE RUN ” AS I CALLED IT. I WAS NOT TOO FAR FROM HERE. IN CIUDAD NEILLY WHERE I RAN THRU ON MONDAY. I MENTIONED THAT I GOT OUT OF THE BUS AT THE WRONG PLACE THINKING I WAS AT THE BORDER TOWN OF PASO CANOAS. I ENDED UP STAYING IN CIUDAD NEILLY. I FELL INTO ONE OF THOSE HORRENDOUS OPEN DRAINS THAT THEY HAVE HERE AND ENDED UP WITH PLANTAR FACITIAS.

PF IS VERY SORE, ESP THE FIRST 2 WEEKS WHEN IT IS SO PAINFUL.

I ACTUALLY SAT OR MORE CORRECTLY LAY IN A VERY POSH HOTEL CALLED THE GRAND SOMETHING OR OTHER FEELING DEPRESSED AND SO SORRY FOR MYSELF. I DRANK MY SELF SILL AT THE TIME. ON MONDAY I THINK I RECOGNISED THE DRAIN AND PERHAPS THE HOTEL I STAYED IN THAT FATEFUL NIGHT IN CIUDAD NEILLY.

IT WAS A BITTER SWEET AFTERNOON I SPENT THERE, IN A WAY A REMINISE.

THIS WAS, THOUGH UNKNOWING TO ME THE TURNING POINT OF MY ULTRA RUNNING CAREER.

IT WAS QUIET POSSIBLE THAT HAD I NOT HAD THAT INJURY THAT I WOULD HAVE STAYED IN COLORADO, WHO KNOWS TILL PROBABLY JUST BEFORE THIS WORLD RUN, I DON’T REALLY KNOW.

INSTEAD I FOUND MYSELF FORCED TO RETURN TO IRELAND FOR TREATMENT. THIS IS TYPICALLY A 4/6 MONTH PROCESS TO RECOVER FROM PF. BY THIS TIME I WAS BACK IN THE FLIGHT OF THINGS IN IRELAND AS THE ” CELTIC TIGER WAS IN FULL SWING ”

I HAD SOME GOOD PEOPLE AROUND ME AND MY ULTRARUNNING CAREER BLOSSOMED.

I REALLY DOUBT IF I WOULD HAVE BROKEN THE WORLD 48 HOUR INDOOR TRACK RECORD IN BRNO IN 2007  HAD I NOT RETURNED. ALSO THOSE TREADMILL RECORDS. SO AS THEY SAY EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING AND THEN THERE WAS NO WAY I COULD WALK, OR RATHER RUN AWAY FROM COMPETITION THEN, SO THIS DELAYED MY DEPARTURE TILL I FELT I COULD GO NO FURTHER IN COMPETITION.

NOW IT’S GREAT TO BE ABLE TO STOP AND TAKE A BREAK TO RUN FOR FUN AND NOT HAVE A JAPANESE RUNNER BREATHING DOWN MY BACK WITH OVER 400KM IN THE LATTER MOMENTS OF A 48 HOUR RACE.

IT WAS ALWAYS FUN, EVEN THEN WHEN IT WAS DEADLY SERIOUS, BUT SOMEHOW I AM ENJOYING THIS DREAM MORE!

IT’S NOW AFTER 1AM SO I GOT TO GET SOME  SLEEP! THIS WAS A VERY RUSHED POSTING, I AM SORRY, I STILL HAVE PLANS ON HOW I CAN CATCH UP. I KNOW I HAVE WRITTEN NOTHING ABOUT NICARAGUA AND LITTLE ABOUT COSTA RICA BUT I GOT MY NOTES..

ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD CLASSIC ROCK ON THEIR COMPUTERS PLEASE SEND ME A MESSAGE, I LOVE TALKING ABOUT THIS STUFF!

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5 Responses to “PANAMA DAILY LOG”

  1. Serena Says:

    Hey Tony,

    sorry to hear about the bug. At least you’re better than you were all those years back, this time round! Unfortunatley have no classic rock! X-factor is going good though haha!

    Be safe,

    Serena

  2. Greg Havely Says:

    Hey Tony—hope the SPOT gets to you in PC—sounds like things are finally going to happen which will make it easier and more fun to follow your progress—Anyway–glad your gut is better and you are progressing well–Interesting read on the “D” Gap—-pretty wild place —-OK—hang in there–and good running–Greg

  3. Ann Says:

    Hi Tony, greetings from L.A. Glad bug is leaving your system. Another country Panama. Wow. Take care and chat soon Ann John :)

  4. Russ Mallard Says:

    Hi Tony,

    I had not dropped in to check on you for a while so I am glad to see you are on the cusp of entering South America! Congratulations. All of the Mallards send you warm greetings from Canada and hope you have continued safe travels.

    Russ

  5. John-Michael Says:

    Warm greetings Tony,
    Congrats on your soon-to-be crossing into S. America… I wondered how you would get through the Darién Gap! Here’s a fascinating tidbit from your link about the gap: “The first all-land auto crossing was in 1985–1987 by Loren Upton and Patty Mercier in a CJ-5 Jeep, taking 741 days to travel 125 miles (201 km), all on land. This crossing is documented in the 1992 Guinness Book of Records. In addition Upton returned in 1995 and became the first to drive a motorcycle, a two-wheel drive Rokon motorcycle, all on land through the Darién Gap, in 49 days.” 741 DAYS TO DRIVE 125 MILES IN A JEEP?? Jeepers… See you in Ireland at the end… Jamoof, Heather, Walker in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, USA

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About Tony

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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