I’ve received some questions about the daily distances so here they are listed for the whole week:
Day 1 (Sunday): 31.6k (19.6 miles)
Day 2 (Monday): 38k (23.6 miles)
Day 3 (Tuesday): 40.5k (25.2 miles)
Day 4 (Wednesday & into Thursday): 75.5k (46.9 miles)
Day 5 (Thursday) – rest day or completion of Day 4 distance
Day 6 (Friday): 42.2k (26.2 miles)
Day 7 (Saturday): 17.5k (10.9 miles)
Total distance = 245.3k (152.4 miles)
The 46.9-miler they start today can be completed over two days. Luckily the strategy of avoiding placing in the top 50 as of today worked – he is now 74th overall – so Jeff will not be forced to start later in the heat of the day today.
Photo from 2006, borrowed from here
Here’s the latest update from Jeff himself!:
Great run today, despite some intense heat! Battled knee pain for the first two hours and then came alive and had a fantastic closing three hours.
I picked up so much speed that I got really concerned about moving into the top 50 so I walked most of the last 5k to sacrifice time today for the cooler start time on the long day tomorrow. Hoping to make up the difference then.
My feet are a bit blistered, but otherwise everything is going great and exactly on plan, although still way ahead of my expectations overall position-wise.
Speaking of, I’m dedicating my run tomorrow to all who have supported the ING CfC/UNICEF charity initiative — You are all running with me on Wednesday and I thank you immensely for the support you’ve offered.
Thanks also for the great messages sent to the bivouac, this helps more than you can imagine. My best to you all.