I made up a great joke today:
Why couldn’t the wildfire cross the street?
Because it got the wind knocked out of it!!
Haha it had me laughing for a good 4 or 5 miles. It’s great when you have those days where you can entertain yourself for hours with things like that. Good thing I am easily amused.
Today marked 2 months on the road!!! I can’t believe it! Yikes! I feel like I’m rocking and rolling but the other part of me is like whoa whoa whoa slow this thing down! It’s going by too quickly!!! So I thought I’d do a nice 2 month recap tonight. Run down the list of moments and memories.
Total distance run:
About 1225 but that’s a lazy man’s estimate cus I haven’t tallied up my own mileage recordings, I just google mapped it a minute ago, but I zig-zagged a bit across the google route.
CA, AZ, NM, 1/3 of TX
Rotating between my 3rd and 4th pair now
Toenails lost: 3
Blisters killed: 5 – 10 good ones?
Things found on the side of the road now residing in my stroller:
farming hook/tool, kept as a weapon. Car mirror, kept as a signal mirror. Car cell phone charger, still working, kept to use in the RV, then returned to the road. $1.58 in change. Hotwheels Cadillac, gave to Henry this morning. Screwdriver. Standard-issue US military cap, belonging to an Officer Miller.
Most common item sighted on side of road:
5 hour energy bottles. Car chargers. Bungee cords. PLASTIC BAGS. Dead coyotes, deer, dogs, skunks.
Things gifted to me along the way: Coffee mug from Rosie. T-shirts from the BGC in Roswell. Wine glasses and T-shirts from Tonnie Silver Dollar Inn. SportsLegs anti-cramping electrolyte supplement packs. Running shirts from Cheryl. Bible from Coach Ed and Nadine. Two loaves of banana bread, from Sarah K and Michele. Drawings from the kids at the BGC in Desert Hot Springs. Pocket knife and St. Christopher medal from Uncle Al. Armenian protective pendant from Anita’s mom. Nightlight from Carla and Monte. National Geographic hat from the NatGeo Television Crew in Lordsburg, NM.
Ruidoso, NM. Superior to Globe, AZ. Yorba Linda to Riverside, CA. Crosbyton to Spur, TX.
Most frustrating moments:
3 popped tubes and being escorted off the road by the Police in Beaumont, CA. Running into collapsed sections of the road 8 miles into a run in Banning, CA and having to turn back. Pulling a hamstring and walking 25 miles in Roswell, NM.
Moments of Invincibility:
Crossing each and every state line. Reaching the Apache summit after a 19 mile ascent in Ruidoso. Reaching Globe after hail, tunnels, no shoulder, switchbacks, and lots of climbing. The starting line.
Achilles tendinitis. Inaccurate maps for pedestrian routing. Banked shoulders. Construction. Feet swelling. Drinking enough water.
Might have done these things differently 2nd time around…:
Running 35 miles on day 2 with Achilles straps on the whole time. Not resting on rest days.
Little moments I hold near to my heart: there are many and these are just a few that crossed my mind today:
Climbing up the mountain in Lev’s backyard on day 2 to enjoy an incredible view of Riverside after a hard run. Turning a corner up in the mountains in Globe and looking across at my first copper mine. Celebrating with my brother and a glass of cold Gatorade at the end of our first day together, then driving back over the route and being in awe of how much distance I had covered. Eating breakfast with my Uncle at his clubhouse. Walking into a room full of kids awaiting my arrival with welcome signs at the BGClub in Phoenix, AZ. Sitting at a picnic table on day 1 and enjoying my first lunch of Clif Bars and Gatorade. Crossing the TX state line with my parents cheering me on. Attending a beauty pageant with the Gregory’s in Lubbock, TX. Leaving my cell phone behind at a Subway on my very first night and having to walk an extra 6 miles that night to go retrieve it. (Yes I really did that) Running Baylor Pass trail with Alex. Starting on the pier with Rosa and Erin. Playing in boxes with Henry. Pep-talking myself one morning in CA when I really felt physically, mentally, and logistically defeated. Running out of Crosbyton and dropping off the Cap Rock.
Well, there’s about a million things but I have to save some stuff for the book : ) This run has been the best and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I still smile bright everytime I think about it. Hey, I’m running across the country. That’s pretty neat…