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PANAMA DAILY LOG PART 2

DISTANCE RAN BEFORE MY TIMEOUT WAS 14,106 KM

TOTAL DISTANCE AS OF 10/JAN/2012:……. 14,401KM. FOR 330 ROAD DAYS.

2/JAN/2012 RESTART RUN FROM WHERE I LEFT OFF AT KM MARKER 9.6 AT JUNCTION ON VIA CENTENARIO (NORTH OF PANAMA CITY) RAN 32KM FINISHING AT TOCUMEN AIRPORT. NOTE PERMISSION WAS NEEDED TO RUN OVER THE PANAMA CANAL BRIDGE. MANY THANKS TO STEPHEN LITTLETON FOR HELPING WITH THIS. VERY HOT AND TOUGH DAY AS I WAS OUT OF SHAPE! I SLEPT IN THE AIRPORT. 32KM TODAY.

3/JAN/2012. FROM TOCUMEN AIRPORT ALONG THE PAN AMERICAN HIGHWAY TO CHEPO.  AN HOUR AFTER STARTING TODAY I STOPPED AT A BAR AND ASKED IF THEY WOULD MIND MY PACK. I ASKED AS IT WAS ALSO A LIKELY SLEEPING SPOT. I RAN ONTO CHEPO AND GOT A BUS BACK.  38KM TODAY.

4/JAN/2012. COMMUTED BACK TO MY FINISH AT CHEPO JUNCTION BUT BEFORE STARTING LEFT MY PACK IN ´PENSION CALDERON ´ I RAN 33KM IT WAS A TOUGH MUGGY,HUMID DAY AS IT FELT LIKE 40 PLUS KM.  I THINK I BROUGHT TOO MUCH BAGGAGE FOR THIS ONE WEEK FINAL SEGMENT, SO I LEFT MY LAPTOP AND OTHER STUFF WITH JACOB THE OWNER. I HAVE TO RETURN THIS WAY AT THE END OF MY PANAMA RUN. AS ALWAYS HOT AND HUMID.

5/JAN/2012. FROM YESTERDAYS FINISH AT HEALTH CENTER TO TORTI. A LONG TOUGH 65KM DAY WHICH GOT ME BACK ON TRACK!! ABOUT HALFWAY I STOPPED TO ASK A PARKED COP CAR IF THEY WERE FROM TORTI AND WHEN THE SAID THEY WERE I SHOWED THEM SOME INFO ON THE RUN GETTING THEM INTERESTED.. THEN I ASKED THEM TO TAKE MY PACK AHEAD AND I WOULD PICK IT UP LATER… JUST AS THEY WERE PULLING OFF I ASKED IF THEY WOULD LET ME STAY THERE TONIGHT, NO PROBLEM!

6/JAN/2012. I’M NO MUG! BEFORE RUNNING ON THIS MORNING I TOLD THE COPS I PLAN TO FINISH IN SANTA FE, SO I ASKED THEM IF I COULD LEAVE THE PACK AT THE STATION AND COMMUTE BACK AND OF COURSE SLEEP THERE AGAIN AS THEY GAVE ME A NICE MATRESS ON THE FLOOR LAST NIGHT. NO PROBLEM AGAIN. 51KM.

7/JAN/2012. BEFORE TAKING MY BUS BACK TO YESTERDAYS FINISH IN SANTA FE I LEFT SOME MORE GEAR IN THE STATION TO BE PICKED UP ON MY RETURN TO PANAMA CITY. I AM NOW RUNNING WITH JUST THE CLOTHES ON MY BACK AND OTHER ESSENTIALS IN MY POCKETS. AN EASY DAY FINISHING IN METETI AFTER JUST 25KM. STAYING AS A GUEST OF THE HOTEL FELICIDAD, THANKS VICTOR. ANOTHER HOT DAY ON THE PAN-AMERICAN HIGHWAY.

8/JAN/2012. FROM METETI TO YAVIZA = THE END OF THE ROAD IN NORTH AMERICA :) AN EARLY START BUT GOT DELAYED AT POLICE CHECKPOINT ALSO MANY STOPS AS IT GOT SERIOUSLY HOT AFTER 25KM. I WAS SHATTERED BUT THRILLED TO HAVE RUN EVERY STEP (WELL THERE WAS A SMALL AMOUNT OF WALKING!) ACROSS NORTH AMERICA.. I HAD TO REPORT TO THE FRONTIER POLICE. THAT WAS AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE! MORE DETAILS WHEN I WRITE THE BLOG. 51KM TODAY.

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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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