After snoozing pretty early last night I woke up around 6 and couldn’t fall back asleep, I layed there’s and tossed and turned for 20 minutes trying to fall back asleep but it wasn’t happening! I decided to pack everything up and hit the road before 7! The sandals yesterday helped a bunch saving my feet and I was feeling a hole of a lot better then yesterday, the tops of my feet are still store but after a little bit of running it numbs up a little similar to a tattoo…in the beginning it hurts like hell but after a minute it’s just a buzz. It’s was the perfect day for running so far with it being a high of 68 and partly cloudy I wasn’t too worries about having the sun drain me. I put some jams In and ran 4 hours straight running almost a full 20 miles but I had to take a break at McDonald’s and get some pancakes since breakfast is all day now. The worst part about running high miles is that when you think you’re doing good you’re still about halfway there so after 3 packets if syrup and a large fry with pancakes I got back too it. It didn’t take long for the food to start making me dance and 15 minutes later I was high tailing in the wood for a safety check! My friend Will is in Tallahassee and said he’ll hook me up for a night when I got there so I needed to make decent miles today to get there before 3 tomorrow so that about a 28 mile day! Today was long straight road kinda day so nothing too special happened but tomorrow’s a new day and I got my miles in before 5 so I’m always happy about that! Thanks for reading and till next time
Well I ended up passing out last night around 8:30. Woke up to Yogi running around 6:00 which usually means she’s gotta do her thang outside if ya know what I mean… When I sat up to let her out my back hit the top of the tent and with all the humidity being built up it was like putting my back up against wet clothes being hung up to dry. That pretty much woke me and said “what the hell might as well start the day early…” and I packed all my gear and hit the road just after 6:30. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but my body is still adapting to everything and my appetite isn’t the same as before; it similar to when I was hiking and my diet changed rapidly b/c my body was finding itself. I’m usually eating about 5,000 calories of raw sugars a day so you can about how much candy that is and that just empty calories to replace what I’m burning. Then I eat another 5,000 calories of fast food, subway or whatever is processed and tasty. My feet weren’t feeling too hot from the day before so I slipped my Luna Sandals on and boy oh boy do I love them! They’re a barefoot running company out of Seattle that makes these rocking sandals with a strap around the heal! Check em out! So I slipped a pair of those bad boys on and took off, by 10:00am I was 13 miles in and by 1:00pm I was was still holding together at 25 miles! I took my lunch break in the town of Salem, FL to call the Mrs. to see how everything’s going on and with some more candy and feeling good I decided to take the sandals off I hit the road for 10 more miles. It wasn’t till the last 5 miles or so till I was really feeling it and regreting to wake up. Off topic real quick but that’s what I’ll always do… I’ll say I’m gonna take it easy and let my body recover but then I wake feeling cocky and take off, never looking back! It’s not till later in the day do I start to realize I went out to fast and hard but now I’m in the middle of 2 towns with little food and only a liter of water left. So now I have to keep going…. With only a few miles left I stepped on a piece of glass that I think someone out there left for me to step on, but not really tho haha. That little son of a gun slid smoothy in my foot. When I pulled it out so did all the blood. I mean it bled! After letting it bleed for a bit and washing it out with the rest of the water I super glued that cut closed. It burned for a minute while drying so I wouldn’t recommend it! I finally made it to the campground at quarter of 6 so I’m showering up and going to bed y’all. Peace love happinesss!!
Can’t complain about waking up in bed with the AC on low…. It took a lot longer than usual to get up and roll out of bed but after running to bathroom and jumping in the shower, it only took me a minute to pack everything up and high tail it outta there. The second I hit the pavement I knew today was gotta be a little tougher than usual…. I slapped some of that paw wax on my feet and that usually does the trick. About 12 miles in the day I had to take a little break and sit down, with no shade, no shoes and it being 80 outside I was really starting to hurt. You’d think the bottom of my feet would hurt the most but honestly after a few miles my bottom of my feet begin to get a ringing sensation and soon after they kinda go numb in a way; it’s the top of my feet that get me the most! Along the outside of my feet going up to pinky toe really F!#*ing hurt as well as the middle of the top of my feet! Thankfully my shins haven’t started hurting at all. When the going gets tough you just gotta shut up and keep walking. I hit the road and put some music on and when into my little trance and space out. Before you know it I look at my watch, look at my map and realized I went another 16 miles! I was super stoked and found the nearest campground or somewhere to pass out. I checked my map and found a campground only 7 miles away. I took a breather and called Molly for a few minutes. It’s never bad to get a little motivation. I took my time making my way to campground and went to Wal Mart. When I reached for my wallet I remembered that Detail King send me these AWESOME cards to handout and that’s what I started doing. After small talk and getting supplies I mossied on down the road and made it slowly but surely. The owners were super nice and let me stay and shower up for free!! So far so good but it’s a mental game now….
Today was the biggest day yet and I made it to the campground earlier than I expected, the day went quickly but I still felt a every little pebble under me. My feet were still a little ripped up from running in the rain yesterday but what am I complaining about? I finally hit my 400 mile mark (only 6,800 miles to go) so I’m feeling pretty stoked about that! I stayed on schedule today hitting 10 miles by 10:00, 20 by 1 and finishing the day by 4, I made it to RiverLodge RV Resort and to my surprise I’m not allowed to set up camp here b/c no tents allowed but the owners loved Yogi and my story and cut me an amazing deal and let me sleep in a house they rent out and boy oh boy is it nice, showers, TV, a kitchen, and bedrooms so life is good. I’ve been pushing my body a little too much so tomorrow will be around 30!
Well today was one hell of a day, I woke up to the rain drops quietly tapping my tent but when I took a look outside I could tell it’s been raining all night and there’s no signs of it slowing. With a little motivation from Molly I started packing up my camp and got on the road around 7:20. For the first couple of hours it was a nice light rain so it cooked me down but after 11:00 or so the gates opened up and rain started coming down! Rainy days aren’t all that bad, it’s just getting started that sucks and knowing when your done for the day all your gear will be a little wet. After the miles started adding up and I got to the 25 mile mark I could feel the bottoms of my feet starting to tear up from being wet all day, the wax I put on my feet doesn’t do much when it’s raining so finishing the day it felt like I was walking on sandpaper. The last 5 miles of the day was pretty gnarly and the mental game just started!
This morning I woke up in a bean bag chair at Robs apartment hoping that the time was around 6 but sadly the clock was a quarter past 9 and that’s wayyy to late for me to get at it. So I quickly threw all my things in the stroller, woke Rob, took a picture that my mom has been bugging me all week about and I got outta there! It was amazing seeing my brother and hanging out for a bit but I gotta get my ass to Alaska. By 1:00pm I had clocked out 14 miles and by 5:00pm I had already made it a full 30. The nearest campground was 6 miles away and I was already done for the day, exhausted and thristy I pushed the stroller the rest if the way to Tampa! The owners hooked me up with a rockin deal and I’m showered with some grub in me, now all I gotta do is fall asleep!
Sorry I didn’t get to update my blog yesterday. I was busy running around Sarasota, I finally made it Ringling College of Art and Design where my big bro goes to school! He’s in the Movie Directing program and he’s busier than ever. Rob’s birthday is right around the corner and I was thinking about what to get him so yesterday after I woke up I went on craigslist and saw a pretty badass bike for sale so I called the guy. I got an Uber and met the guy all under an hour. But once I got the bike I realize I had an 18 mile bike ride back to school so I started biking down my merry way. Let’s just say I’m glad I’m not biking b/c I would be dead with the amount of bad/old drivers down here. I almost got hit twice while biking back and it could of been my fault with the way I bike but who knows. I’m taking the day off to hangout with Rob a little more before I take off, the last time we saw each other was Christmas last year so I’m enjoying some one on one with the big man himself!
All and all today was a good day I made it all the way to Sarasota to see my oldest brother Rob for a little. He’s studying down here at Ringling for Movie Directing and Film so it’s cool catching up with him b/c we don’t get to talk as much as we’d like… I’m feeling it from yesterday’s run but I’m taking a day off here to hangout with Robs friends.
Today was an awesome day on the road I had a great tailwind all day and it was helping me push the stroller down the road all day. So far it’s been my biggest day yet and I’m only a week into but so we’ll have to see how tomorrow goes and I don’t want to sprint the journey as a marathon or I’ll bye out before the rave even starts…. My foot is sore from yesterday so I wrapped it with my tape and kept moving along. I’m seeing my brother in Sarasota the day after tomorrow and we haven’t seen each other for a minute so I’m just happy to spend some time with him.
Today ended up up being a pretty crazy day, from stepping on glass to running an extra 8 miles to another campground…. Yesterday I took it easy running less then 20 miles and spent the night at Jim Gomory’s house with his son, the were awesome hosts and took me out to dinner for some pasta. I woke up there and hit the road right after sunrise and clocked out 22 miles by lunch, running on the sidewalks is 100x better then the roads b/c I don’t have to worry about glass and the surface is a little more smooth but right when I thought I was in the clear I rolled my foot right over a piece of glass. Well God Dayum did that stopped me like an over heated Honda Civic that ran outta oil. By the time I stopped it was already bleeding. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that glass can cut you and I’m just surprised it’s taken 175 miles for it to happen. So I waddled over to the Walmart 2 miles away and patched myself up. I took off and ran for another few miles and I ran up to an RV campground but they didn’t allow tents even after I offered to pay for a full hookup spot but they laughed and I went on my way. I ran to the end of the street thinking, “Well damn where am I gonna go now I’m already at 26 for the day….”. I looked down at my map and saw the possible campground was 8 miles away and with the time being only 3:00 and I a&d to make up some miles; I took off down the road and made it in less then 2 hours. I found my spot here just outside of Cape Coral, Florida. Safe travels and don’t forget to check out my page http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1113591&supId=426432290
The newspaper article and pics from yesterday is at http://www.naplesnews.com/news/local-news/running-barefoot-across-the-us-for-sudan you have to hit the arrow button on the right to see the full article. Thank you Naple News!!!!