Dave battling blisters on epic Race Around Australia 2
DAVE Alley has been battling blisters but kicking down the K's during the first week of his Race Around Australia 2.
Mr Alley, a police officer, is attempting to run more than 14,000km around the country to raise awareness and funds for the White Cloud Foundation, which aims to help people with depression.
Since kicking off his epic journey on April 19, Mr Alley has made his way north, covering more than 800km on foot.
At lunchtime today (Day 11) he was on the Bruce Highway 30km north of Miriam Vale in Queensland, and was hoping to get past the Rockhampton turn off on Friday.
On the road between 12-14 hours each day, he is averaging 80km and cycling through three pairs of shoes per day, to reduce the risk of blisters.
Although blisters are hard to avoid, he said.
"I had a big blister on my left heel about the size of a golf ball, that's been hampering me a bit along with the calf," he said.
Over the last few days he had been getting a "fair bit" of pain in his calf, which had started to subside today.
Now, he said "things are looking up" and he was "feeling positive for the future."
"We've been very lucky with the weather - we had rain on day two, but since then the days have been quite pleasant and warm."
All in all, things are going well.
"It's good just to be in a routine now, out on the road. The teams been a terrific support for me," he said.
He's also been glad to enjoy some home comforts after each long day of running at their nightly set up.
"The caravan's great - all going well. The set ups each night been great," he said.
So far his cause has raised almost $13,000 for the White Cloud Foundation, he said.