Today was a great run, a hard run. 33 miles, hot, and windy. Another one of those days where I think about South Carolina and I don’t want this to end, I want this feeling to stay with me forever. In some way I get sick to my stomach on days like this when I think about it ending soon. Like having butterflies in my belly.
Today’s run started off kinda hard- I was moving pretty slowly for the first 5 miles, but I stopped for a hot coffee and granola bar, and then the sun came out, and after that my energy went way up. I would say it’s just as much due to the sun coming out as it is to getting some caffeine and food in me. So after that I plowed through the run pretty well, even despite the hills and heat. Boy did I sweat today! I even had enough push in me at the end to finish at as close to a sprint as I can get while pushing a baby stroller.
Before I started that last push, I crossed over a wide river and to my left was a beautiful old train bridge- in case I haven’t said it enough: Alabama is BEAUTIFUL. And before that, around mile 20, I was stopped and asked the usual questions by a concerned and confused policeman. After explaining what I was doing, he shadowed me for the next ten miles, until he saw me cross the bridge into Childersburg. Amazing how many people want to look out for me!
Before stopping for the day, I ran into a gas station because I was craving a dill pickle. Yeah, I love pickles. A guy there asked what I was doing and then asked if I needed a place to stay or a ride to my end destination, or any other help. Before he said goodbye he asked if he could say a prayer for me. That’s happened quite a few times actually. Again, just amazing how many people are looking out for me on this trip.
Upon finishing I was met by a journalist and a news reporter for the local news. I also found out mid-run that my host Hannah had contacted Fox News in Birmingham and they had run a story, which was pretty cool to find out because I hadn’t even talked to them. Here is a link to the article, thank you Melynda Sides, it is a great article! And Hannah, you are awesome, thank you! I think you and Jade need to come visit Maine after all you’ve done for me. And I will feed you tofu ; )
Speaking of food, tonight I ate at a little BBQ place next door and the guy there brought me out some Dirt Pie as an “appetizer” and then sent me home with a ton of extra food. My belly is beyond full right now. Here is a question for you Southerners- he gave me some fried nugget thing with corn and something else inside. What are those?
Anyway, now I am about to pass out for the night. A HUGE thank you to Pete, the Chamber of Commerce President here in Childersburg, for setting me up with a complimentary night at Day’s Inn! I think I will sleep like a rock tonight : )