Running in the world


Last updated: May 30th 2019

My running obsession started as a ‘slightly’ overweight 13 year old back in England and continues to this day. 30 years of leg pounding, heart racing, free therapy awesomeness.

Runners run for many different reasons. I’m no different although my reasons for running have most definitely evolved over the years. Ego once drove me to run harder and faster in the hope of winning more races (never actually ever winning any :)) nowadays my motivation to ‘keep moving’ are deeper and WAY more beneficial.

I run to ‘flush’ my brain, I run to help me sleep, I run to solve work problems and personal challenges. I run to explore (and re-explore) my environment, I run to push my physical limits, I run to be with my friends, I run to be by myself, I run when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when it’s sunny, snowing or raining. Running has saved me more times than I can count, It’s the ultimate cure, the perfect panacea.

The trip we’re on is a dream come true and will undoubtedly include many incredible highlights. For me the opportunity to run in so many different places around the world is one of the highest of the highlights. Every run will be different, every corner turned a surprise. Every river, market, lake, beach, mountain and city new and unique. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps!

This blog page will be a little more dynamic than the others. It will include an updated log of all my runs for the duration of our time away. I’ll attempt to describe the general route I took and things of interest I saw or did. I’ll also sprinkle in a few pictures to reduce the boredom :).

If you’re already a runner I invite you to follow along with me on this epic adventure. Ask me questions, recommend better routes, share stories… If you don’t run, I hope my running (mis)adventures spark a little something inside that motivates you to slip on those sneakers (trainers) and head straight out the door.

Find me on Strava for more stats: https://www.strava.com/athletes/6496045

Running totals to date:

# of runs: 124

# of miles: 674.5 miles

Running log:


#124 – June 11th, 2019 – Actually six, Beautiful run around Santa Catarina Palopo – 6 miles


#123 – June 9th, 2019 – Actually five, Wonderful run on lake Atitlan – 5 miles


#122 – June 4th, 2019 – Hot one, Antigua – 5.5 miles


#121 – June 2nd, 2019 – First in Guatemala, Antigua – 6.5 miles


#120 – May 30th, 2019 – Quito park loop, back on trail – 5 miles


#119 – May 27th, 2019 – Epic – I’ll let the pictures talk, Galapagos – 9 miles


#118 – May 25th, 2019 – Isabela Island, Galapagos – 4 miles


#117 – May 23rd, 2019 – Tortuga bay, Galapagos – 5 miles


#116 – May 21st, 2019 – Special run, Galapagos boobies, iguanas, sea turtles and more – 5 miles


#115 – May 19th, 2019 – Running with Andre, Cuenca again – 5 miles


#114 – May 11th, 2019 – Ultima Carrera en Cuenca – What a chopper – 7 miles


#113 – May 9th, 2019 – Laundry day, Cuenca – 5 miles


#112 – May 7th, 2019 – Running the east-side, Cuenca – 4 miles


#111 – May 6th, 2019 – Just 5, Cuenca still – 5


#110 – May 4th, 2019 – The knees are rebelling, but what a run! – 3 miles


#109 – April 28th, 2019 – 2.88 x 2, 6 – 6 miles


#108 – April 25th, 2019 – 6 with Jason, Cuenca – 6 miles


#107 – April 23rd, 2019 – five with Paul, Cuenca runners and walkers club – 5 miles


#106 – April 21st, 2019 – Cuenca, 15k bandit run – 10 miles


#105 – April 18th, 2019 – Mall and back – 5 miles


#104 – April 16th, 2019 – 6 with Jason – 6 miles


#103 – April 14th, 2019 – part one and part two – 4 miles


#102 – April 9th, 2019 – Cuenca run club – 4 miles


#101 – April 7th, 2019 – #101… ok I’ll stop counting now – 3.5 miles


#100 – April 5th, 2019 – 100 runs, 9 months, 13 countries, around 550 miles – 3.5 miles


#99 – April 2nd, 2019 – #99 of the trip – 3 miles


#98 – April 1st, 2019 – Me and the small one – 2 miles


#97 – Mar 24th, 2019 – 1300 on top of 8200 is tough – 5 miles


#96 – Mar 22nd, 2019 – Another 4 with AJ – 4 miles


#95 – Mar 20th, 2019 – Cinco en la lluvia – 5 miles


#94 – Mar 19th, 2019 – Me and the other one, in the rainstorm – 2.5 miles


#93 – Mar 17th, 2019 – 5 with my (almost) 13 year old – 5 miles


#92 – Mar 15th, 2019 – Una corrida fluvial en Cuenca – 6 miles


#91 – Mar 13th, 2019 – Stronger, beautiful river run, Cuenca – 5 miles


#90 – Mar 11th, 2019 – The chest infection returned (again) but I’m back! (again), first Cuenca loop – 4 miles


#89 – Mar 1st, 2019 – Mall loop underpant quest, Honolulu – 5.5 miles


#88 – Feb 27nd, 2019 – Treble Diamond, Honolulu – 7.5 miles


#87 – Feb 25th, 2019 – Sydney, The Bridge, The Quay, The house, The garden – 6 miles


#86 – Feb 22nd, 2019 – Cape Byron loop, top 5 contender – 4.5 miles


#85 – Feb 20th, 2019 – Urban design/planning done right, Brisbane – 5 miles


#84 – Feb 17th, 2019 – #lastinasia #newsneakers etc. – 5.5 miles


#83 – Feb 14th, 2019 – Reboot 3.0, post-lung thing treadmill session – Kuala Lumpur – 5 miles


#82 – Feb 6th, 2019 – 95% Normal, Tet run – 6 miles


#81 – Feb 2nd, 2019 – Feeling Stronger – Nha Trang – 3.5 miles


#80 – Feb 1st, 2019 – Testing post-virus lungs – Nha Trang – 1.5 miles


#79 – Jan 25th, 2019 – Hoi An beach loop – 5.5 miles


#78 – Jan 23rd, 2019 – Hoi An beach and back – 5.5 miles


#77 – Jan 18th, 2019 – Final lake loop in Hanoi – 6.5 miles


#76 – Jan 14th, 2019 – A little santuary from the crazy – Hanoi parks – 5 miles


#75 – Jan 11th, 2019 – Best advice ever – Run with the flow and stay predictable – 4 miles


#74 – Jan 8th, 2019 – Last in Laos – 6.5 miles


#73 – Jan 5th, 2019 – Hash house harriers, Vientiane – 4 miles


#72 – Jan 4th, 2018 – Capital of Laos, Vientiane – 5 miles


#71 – Dec 30th, 2018 – Rejected by the jungle, I headed for the hills – 6 miles


#70 – Dec 28th, 2018 – Hello Vang Vieng – 5.5 miles


#69 – Dec 26th, 2018 – Luang Prabang Final loop – 6 miles


#68 – Dec 24th, 2018 – Luang Prabang loop with Della – 5 miles


#67 – Dec 17th, 2018 – Luang Prabang 6.5 loop (not 3.5) – 6.5 miles


#66 – Dec 15th, 2018 – Luang Prabang post-virus loop – 7 miles


#65 – Dec 7th, 2018 – Chiang Rai loop with Della – 5.5 miles


#64 – Dec 6th, 2018 – Back to the homestead – 3 miles


#63 – Dec 3rd, 2018 – Jungle run – Chiang Mai – 8 miles


#62 – Dec 1st, 2018 – First Hash – 4.5 miles


#61 – Nov 27th, 2018 – Haplessly lost but happy in Chiang Mai – 6 miles


#60 – Nov 25th, 2018 – Welcoming the day buddist run – 5 miles


#59 – Nov 23rd, 2018 – Temple Run – 5 miles


#58 – Nov 20th, 2018 – Sukhothai loop. And elephants – 4 miles


#57 – Nov 18th, 2018 – Punishment – Bangkok – 5.5 miles


#56 – Nov 16th, 2018 – Gym 4.5 – Bangkok – 4.5 miles


#55 – Nov 15th, 2018 – So… Thats Humidity – 6 miles


#54 – Nov 10th, 2018 – Exploring Zagreb – 5.5 miles


#53 – Nov 8th, 2018 – 6 before Zagreb – 6.5 miles


#52 – Nov 6th, 2018 – Family run, not without a fair degree of whine – 5 miles


#51 – Nov 4th, 2018 – Amelia’s first mountain run – 4 miles


#50 – Nov 2nd, 2018 – Two Summits in Split – 5.5 miles


#49 – Oct 31st, 2018 – Split Sunset – 7 miles


#48 – Oct 29th, 2018 – Before we Split – 5.5 miles


#47 – Oct 27th, 2018 – Sunset with Della – 6 miles


#46 – Oct 25th, 2018 – To Bosnia and back – 7 miles


#45 – Oct 23rd, 2018 – Cavtat sunset run – 6 miles


#44 – Oct 21st, 2018 – Kingslanding loop – 5.5 miles


#43 – Oct 19th, 2018 – Run, picture, run picture repeat – 5 miles


#42 – Oct 16th, 2018 – Epic up, Epic view, Epic City – 5 miles


#41 – Oct 13th, 2018 – Final 8 in Italy – 8 miles


#40 – Oct 7th, 2018 – Strava felt like I did today and broke – around 4 I’m guessing – 4 miles


#39 – Oct 5th, 2018 – Rural Rome, beautiful break from the crazy – 7.5 miles


#38 – Oct 3rd, 2018 – Running in Rome, old and new – 8 miles


#37 – Oct 1st, 2018 – First run in Rome – 6 miles


#36 – Sept 29th, 2018 – A final five in Firence – 5 miles


#35 – Sept 27th, 2018 – Exquisite Firence – 7.5 miles

Italy continues to deliver. My appreciation for art and architecture came late in life. Art was always an abstract, confusing endeavor enjoyed by intellectuals and most definitely NOT by the likes of me. Graduate school changed all that and now the thrill I get from disentangling the creative knot of our interwoven histories has become a lifelong passion.

Florence checks all the boxes when it comes to historical significance which is why we prioritized making it a pit stop on our tour south through Italy. The city is a literal canvas of expression. A canvas that has been drawn on and erased, drawn on and erased, painted on and painted over for generations. With a million nooks and crannies and innumerous stories to discover, it is the quintessential running city.

Sometimes more sign reading and photo taking then actual running… I didn’t care. I was in no rush. I was in running heaven and I’d enjoy every second of it.


#34 – Sept 25th, 2018 – Strava broke. My oh my Italy doesnt disappoint. 7 on lake Garda – 7 miles

This was a run for the soul. I’d only been to Italy once before but the memories of my time here were strong and very positive. The food, the warmth, the pace and the history all coalesce to produce a non-stop energy that is unmatched anywhere else on earth.

Our first stop was here in Torbole on Lake Garda. A mountain bike mecca (who knew!) with a vibe very much like Bend in Oregon. It had biking, beards and beanbags, wrapped in a chilled ambiance that made me more than a little homesick.

I decided not to Mountain bike (against all instincts) and chose instead to find a run to satiate my need to explore the mountains that surround Torbole. The Busatte/Tempesta trail (recommended by our hotel host – Hotel Santoni) did not disappoint. Quickly climbing out of town I headed toward the Busatte adventure park where I was told I would find the trail head on the south side of the parking lot. A solid climb that took me through Olive groves and past a large group of monks. The distractions made the climb quick and easy and I had no problems finding the trail head.

The run was perfect. Magical Panoramas, a cooling breeze, new smells and dry, rough, trippy, dangerous trail. Totally unexpected but welcome… A series of steel gangways with ascending and descending steep steps. These gangways hung from the cliffs above Lake Garda like wet laundry hanging from a window sill in Paris. Precarious looking but super safe, and strung together like they were, these walkways enabled a contiguous trail from Busatte to the Tempesta turnaround along one of the coolest section of cliff above Torbole.
The pictures below better describe the hour + I spent on this trail. Epic!


#33 – Sept 22nd, 2018 – Almost to the Alps – 6 miles


#32 – Sept 20th, 2018 – Strava hat gebrochen. Uber funf – 5 miles


#31 – Sept 17th – Back in Villingen after 20 years – 5 miles


#30 – Sept 13th, 2018 – A wet one in the woods – 5 mile


#29 – Sept 10th, 2018 – 6 in the black forest – 6 miles


#28 – Sept 7th, 2018 – AM Around town – 6 miles


#27 – Sept 4th, 2018 – Out to the Frankfurt burbs – 8 miles


#26 – Sept 2, 2018 – Eine schnelle vier in Frankfurt – 4 miles

We’ve left France and are now in Germany! Our flight up from Toulous to Frankfurt was uneventful but common after all flights my body was in need of a serious stretch. We were staying in a hotel west of downtown Frankfurt so access to the river Main was quick and easy. I love river running, especially in large cities so I knew I was going to enjoy it. The last time I was in Frankfurt I was in my 20’s, spent most of the 10 hours here drunk and saw little of the city… I (to be completed)


#25 – Aug 31, 2018 – Quatre deniers an France – 4 miles


#24 – Aug 29, 2018 – Evening grind… Urgh – 6 miles


#23 – Aug 27, 2018 – A maize’ing countryside 🙂 – 6 miles


#22 – Aug 24, 2018 – Post-injury 4, Homestay in Auch, France – 4 miles


#21 – Aug 19, 2018 – Bonne soirée de Bordeaux – 5 miles


#20 – Aug 16, 2018 – Bordeaux le Lac lollipop loop – 6 Miles


#19 – Aug 14th, 2018 – Bordeaux boardwalk – 7 miles


#18 – Aug 11, 2018 – The river Aude and more castle – 5.5 miles

My final run in Carcassonne was a slow moving, much cooler, beauty of a run. I had no time constraints (the ladies were out exploring on their own). I got moderately lost only twice (thank you Google Maps) and managed to see a nice stretch of the River Aude, a small zoo, a number or touring cyclists, another section of the castle and a tiny ancient church that apparently hosts pilgrimers heading south to Santiago de Compostelo. Hanging out with the baby pigs at the zoo was fun but running up the semi-ruined river bastille at Carcassonne castle was the highlight. Check out that picture!


#17 – Aug 9th, 2018 – Carcassonne canals – 6.0 miles

This was a neat run. Turning north out of the door of our AirB&B I headed for the canals. This was the first time I’d run the entire length of the old town and it was nice to see another section of a now familiar town (It’s weird how quickly it takes for a place to feel familiar). Upon reaching the canal I headed east and out into the countryside. While running along the water thoughts of England and my hometown kept popping into my head. The countryside was similar, the smells familiar and the dirt (instead of concrete) beneath my feet felt comforting. My turnaround point were a series of locks and an aquaduct type bridge that crossed a river that ran beneath it. Growing up in England my family had a small boat that we would use to cruise along the River Stort at weekends. Watching the various river craft navigate in and out of these locks took me right back to that time. Heading home I chose the path less travelled. I crossed the bridge and ran back the same way home but using the north, not south bank. Muddier, buggier, thornier… It was awesome.


#16 – Aug 7th, 2018 – Longer, warmer but more stunning – 10 miles

This run had two motivators… one part reconnaissance (running is the perfect way t get to know a new place), one part increased mileage. We’d been told about a neat ‘water park’ just outside of town called Lac de Cavayere. It’s really hot here, we love water parks and so we really wanted to go BUT we wanted to know if making the trip would be worth it so I agreed to go check it out. The 10 miles out and back would be perfect as I’m also trying to increase my weekly mileage.

The run was beautiful BUT very hot. Exiting Carcassonne proved more difficult than expected (thank you Google maps) but once I’d found my way out of town the rest of the outbound run was idyllic. Running south east on French country roads bordered on both sides by vineyards and surrounded by the warm smell of summer. Every now and then I’d take a glance over my shoulder to take yet another look at the majestic walls and turrets of the castle diminishing in the distance. After passing an Australian zoo (who knew?) and with my water running low I reached the lake. I filled up my water bottle, stripped off and jumped head first into the oasis that is Lac de Cavayere. Indeed, The reconnaissance was worth it… what a place. I took a few pictures for the ladies, got dried off, dressed and headed back home. We’d be coming back here for sure.

Close to home I took a detour. We’d only recently arrived into Carcassonne but the omnipresent walls of the castle had been calling my name from the second we’d arrived (who doesn’t love 2000 year old castles?) I decended the moat, found a hole in the ramparts and went in. My goodness, what a place! Others will describe this incredible place in more details elsewhere on this blog but my goodness… what a place! This castle and the history it openly and honestly secretes was why we came. It didnt disapont. A great run.


#15 – Aug 5th, 2018 – Morning run in Nice – 5 Miles


#14 – Aug 3rd, 2018 – Nice and warm – 7 Mile


#13 – Aug 1st, 2018 – A nice six in Nice – 6 Miles


#12 – July 29th, 2018 – A quick tour of Tours – 6 miles


#11 – July 27th, 2018 – Parfaitement perdu en Normandie – 6 miles


#10 – July 25th, 2018 – Circuit de la ville de Bayeux – 5 Miles


#9 – July 21st, 2018 – Strava died! Paris at night – 5.5 Miles


#8 – July 20th, 2018 – Perfect Paris – 6.0 Miles


#7 – July 16th, 2018 – Clacton E2E – 6.0 Miles


#6 – July 14th, 2018 – To Frinton and back – 7.0 Miles


#5 – July 12th, 2018 – Brightlingsea to halfway home – 6.0 Miles


#4 – July 10th, 2018 – Thank you NH, next stop England – 6.0 Miles


#3 – July 7th, 2018 – Cooler (and sweeter – go England world cup!) – 7.0 Miles


#2 – July 4th, 2018 – Toasty but fun – 6.0 Miles

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2 comments

  1. Great blog dear .seeing the boats does bring back happy memories. very beautiful places .

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  2. Ok! So you have motivated me to start walking again! Keep posting!

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