A few years back, I decided to start running around the world. Not literally, but distance-wise. What I do is measure the distance between capital cities and then run it in 10km stretches. My knees are not really fans of longer runs as my two 42k adventures have attested, so this is a good way to maintain motivation without a marathon carrot.
I learn a bit of geography into the bargain, too, as I check whereabouts I am in the world as I go. I realise running all over the world is completely impossible unless the elixir for eternal life is discovered, but that’s just how I like it. In any case, this is what I’ve managed so far:
Leg 1 – London (England) to Cardiff (Wales) – 211km
Leg 2 – Cardiff (Wales) to Dublin (Ireland) – 293km
Leg 3 – Dublin (Ireland) to Belfast (Northern Ireland) – 141km
Leg 4 – Belfast (Northern Ireland) to Edinburgh (Scotland) – 231km
Leg 5 – Edinburgh (Scotland) to Reykjavik (Iceland) – 1,371km
Leg 6 – Reykjavik (Iceland) to Ottowa (Canada)
Completed – 2,213km
To go – 1,645km
Current Position – Approaching the Canadian mainland
Consecutive Day Record – 42 days
Total Distance Covered – 4,460km
Why not choose a route and start measuring your own run? Let me know if you do and how you’re getting along in the comments!