What has gone before
Why do I think I can run around Australia?
There are a surprising number of extreme athletes out there; about 10 people (males and females) have run around Australia, and many more have run across – either east-west or west-east.
In fact, there are about a dozen people who have run around the world.
Yes, the world!
I don’t mean they’ve done a marathon race on all continents, or in dozens of countries (which has been done many times), I mean they start at point A and head across the globe and finish at point A. There are about 10 guidelines to qualify for a world run, some being;
- cross every longitude;
- run at least 50% of the distance;
- cross four continents;
- a minimum of 3,000kms on each continent;
- cross two antipodes (opposite sides of the world);
- and cover 26,232kms.
So, put that into perspective when you consider a paltry 15,000km run – I’m not even leaving the country – but why do I think I can run around Australia? Solo?
Well, I’ve already done my ‘warm-up’.
Back in March 2017, I ran solo from Melbourne to Darwin for Beyond Blue. With no proper training, other than running to and from work, I covered the 3,700kms over 93 days. The same guidelines I applied then will be applied on my next challenge.
I’m not breaking records in speed, just covering the daily distance; I didn’t really push myself too hard simply because I needed to do the same thing each and every day.
This is why I’m confident of success … albeit this challenge is almost four times as long.
(oh, and my buggy – ‘Intrepid II’– will be vastly different!)
The injuries sustained over that period were: one ant-bite (which later became infected), one blister (quite large) and a bit of chaffing.
I lost 11kgs – weighed 86kilos in Darwin.
Longest day was 63kms
Longest running streak (no rest) 26 days – 1075kms.