A new record, aggressive dogs, and Icelandic beauty
Butter wrapped up marathon number 75 in Prague and it was quickly on to Austria for number 76.
He was pleased to discover that Vienna was exceptionally flat and the marathon flew by. He had woken with his frayed Achilles still not feeling quite right, but by the time he got running his legs felt surprisingly good. By the end of the marathon, he reports that his foot felt virtually normal again.
Next up was Slovakia. In the capital of Bratislava, he met up with his old friend Andy. Together they had already completed marathons in Algeria, Brazil, Tunisia and Argentina. During their run they came perilously close to entering Austria, which would have invalidated their run and forced a restart, fortunately, they realized just in time. Butter had a “weird and wonderful” day, spotting a snake along the route, chatting to Andy's 100-year-old auntie via video link and downing some 15 bottles of water.
Marathon 78 in Budapest, Hungary was a little more difficult. As well as having to run some of the distance on cobbles, Butter and Andy were once again threatened by some aggressive dogs. Back in Tunisia Butter had been bitten by a stray dog. It seemed that Andy was the common denominator! This time they armed themselves with some small stones and were able to escape without incident.
The Hungary marathon ended phase 5 of Butter's quest and it was back to the UK to get a new passport and sort out his next set of visas.
A few days later, it was back to the grind as he flew to Iceland, a world of stunning waterfalls, mountains and huge open landscapes. In Reykjavík, he completed marathon 79 in snow and sleet, with temperatures dropping to 39°F.
In his latest update Butter was back in the USA and seriously jet-lagged. Butter had already run Miami as marathon number two in January but has decided to try and complete all the official major world marathons during his quest too. It turned out to be a good choice. He completed the Chicago marathon in less than three hours and ranked it as one of his top five runs of all-time. Quite a claim for someone who has run 80 marathons this year alone!