Back Running!

Posted 21/9/12 From Quilino, Cordoba.

Hi All,

In Quilino, Cordoba province, North Argentina. Been running a week now. I notice the difference in the month off that I had. The southern hemisphere just has two seasons, winter and summer. We are heading for summer now. I was told that in January the stretch I have just run would be 50c. That would have surely been tough, am sure I would have run it at night.

 Its now around 32/35c at its peak and I am having some tough days and a couple of delightful cool days, so it’s just a case of keep chipping away at it. 

The totalizer to date reads. 21,682km for 520 road days.

This is by way of just a quick update. I did not include today’s tough 28km as earlier I made it to a wifi restaurant called La Posta in this junction town called Quilino.

 I am considering running tonight as it’s safe here, but will see. If this restaurant is open all night then perhaps I will work all through the night and then run tomorrow and back into the heat, I will see.

Further south, perhaps as early as next week I expect the heat will ease off as I run south of Cordoba city.

In a few weeks time as I approach Patagonia which is noted more for its fierce winds than excessive heat!

You can see on the map of Argentina that once I get south of Cordoba city that thankfully the roads are pretty much straight and directly south, so not much time lost as I have in the last year in switch-back routes and the like.

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One Response to “Back Running!”

  1. Ann Says:

    It won’t take you long to lose that bit of weight you put on during your time out. Continue to enjoy :)

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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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