completed in an average time of 3:57.02

50 Marathons in 50 Days
17 July –  4 September

Unreal! First off, I admire you greatly for taking on this formidable challenge
Dean Karnazes


[TDC 988]

First run in a week, and I certainly felt it! Hard going at even 7.44 a mile pace. Terrible. Still, 5 miles in the bank and a slightly faster 5K. If I can get another 55 miles in the next 12 days before the Thousand Day Challenge ends. I will still average 74 miles per week for the last 2 3/4 years. No too bad. The only way is up.

TDC 988 days 10517 miles

[TDC 987]

So officially that is now the longest running break I’ve taken in the last 6 years. The course of medication has completed today. Wax coming out the ear is ‘normal’ now; not the deep red/brown stuff of this last week.


Not too disappointed in a way to be all snuggled up indoors. It appears the weather has turned suddenly wintry. Always makes me laugh that the newspapers use early morning joggers as an index for the weather when it turns cold. What are they trying to say exactly?

TDC 987 days 10512 miles

[TDC 986]

The other hugely disappointing but hardly unexpected news is that I have gained 14 lbs since the end of 50/50. Seems like a lot but when you analyse, it is only a surfeit of 500 calories a day, which is very easy to slip into when your running has gone from 75-100 miles a week average to 0-30 miles a week.; the ex-boxer problem. Eat the same, exercise less, not a difficult equation.


TDC 986 days 10512 miles

[TDC 985]

Ears getting better. I hope I won’t have to spend the winter like this? What a lousy way to start December!


TDC 985 days 10512 miles

[TDC 984]

So my reasoning has got me here:

50 marathons in 50 days in 4 hours is a lot of pavement pounding. The last few days my left ear started to get blocked up. I took some ear drops and it went away after a week. I assume the blockedness was due to a build up of wax as protection from the pounding?

A couple of weeks ago I had flu.

This week the blockedness came back, rather randomly as I have been hardly running these last few weeks, and this time with serious pain, swelling of face etc. Apparently my ear is heavily filled with wax. Seems the previous clearance was not as effective as I believed?

Perhaps the virus travelled up from my throat into the ear and due to the wax blocking everything up …

Can’t find any research on ear wax and mileage but running nearly 200 miles a week for 7 weeks must have some impact on the ears?

TDC 984 days 10512 miles

[TDC 983]

On steroids for the ear. Leaving me dizzy, drowsy and disoriented. So much gunk coming out the left ear. Yuck.


It seems that several athletes are now having their medals upped to Gold, following the demotion / elimination of other now failed drug tests athletes. All seems rather daft. Medal shuffling. We all saw the awards ceremonies and know who received the Gold medals. You have to catch the cheats BEFORE they compete not after!

TDC 983 days 10512 miles

[TDC 982]

Ear agony! Seem to have picked up a major infection. That’s the running blown for this year then. Seems so random; though I did have the flu a couple of weeks back. Sigh.

TDC 982 days 10512 miles