Great day today! Physically very hard but a really inspiring day all around.
well, it started out sad actually…my brother Gabe dropped me at my start and we said our goodbyes : ( he has to go back to the real world and leave me behind in this running dream world. Gabe if you’re reading this it was so so reassuring and motivating knowing you were just around the corner waiting for me with a wet towel and a funny video to watch. Thank you for using your vacation time to come help : )
It was an adjustment getting used to running with the stroller again, and the road started on an incline. My blisters were KILLING me so I stopped early on and tried to do some roadside repair. Didn’t work too well, ended up walking the first 5 miles. I reached the next town and stopped at a cafe for coffee and food, and the place was straight outta the movies. The booths, the barseats, the 5 different kinds of pie, all the locals eating their breakfast. Pretty neat.
A little bit later I had one of the best experiences so far. I saw two men standing outside their RV on the shoulder and shouted to ask if they were okay. When they turned to answer I saw one had a Boys and Girls Club shirt on! I went over to talk to them and it turns out this guy had just opened a new club as part of the Clubs of Metro Denver!! I told him what I was doing and that my uncles had raised$2,000 for the Denver clubs in honor of this run. We took some pictures together and swapped contact info and words of encouragement. I really got an adrenaline rush from this chance meeting….the world is so small and I really think everything happens for a reason. Thanks Dick Hodges for making my day : )
after that encounter I was buzzing with energy and took off running. I did about 12 miles until I really thought my toes were going to fall off from the blisters. I walked the final 3 miles and they were probably the hardest I’ve had yet. Every step hurt. But I sang to myself and called my sister and distracted myself from the effort until I had reached the end and maaaan did it feel good to sit and take my sneaks off!
And now I am at my cousins house in AZ spending the next two nights here. Looks like I’ve got a lot of exciting stuff lining up for the next week as I go through the metro Phoenix area. I’m stoked : )
Here is the mileage for the first two weeks: