Day 18- 33 Miles 

Cole Ridge Campground- Bristol

  • Today started bad and it’s looking like it’s ending bad too, I broke the quick release pin on my front wheel to the stroller last night and ended up having a cop give me a ride the last 3 miles to the campground. I gave my friend Will in Tallahassee to see if he could pick me up the piece I need and he was more than happy too so when he arrived to the campground around 10 we ended up find out it was the wrong sized pin so we drove back to Tallahassee to get a new and a spare in case! On the way back we stopped at a gas station to pick up a few snacks and when my total came out to be $20 in  candy Will beat me to the punch and paid for my snackage for the day which was super nice!!! I finally got on the road around 11:30 and a few miles into my run my foot began hurting really bad again but this time is was a hot burning sensation and it took over my whole foot and it made me come to a complete stop. I didn’t step on anything and nothing went into my foot but the pain was in the same spot it’s been since the beggining; on my second day running I noticed the pain my my right foot but nothing too serious, as the days progressed and miles increase the pain increased. It came and went but yesterday when I was in Tallahassee I went to a clinic to get it checked out and they gave me the worst news I could get, the diagnosed my foot with Plantar Fasciitis,  Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), and that I need to stop and put a boot on my foot. Well I’m not going to put a boot on foot but I also knew something was going to happen sooner or later but not this early, looking to my past and everything I’ve done in the past 18 months and to see that I’ve made it this far pretty much non stop, from biking across the country then running back to hiking the Appalachian Trail in under 3 months and now attempting to run to Alaska? My body is bound to give up on me at some point and I don’t want it too be soon… Running to Alaska is starting to look like is starting to slip away and now I’m trying to focus on just getting across now. I don’t even know how I feel now and watching everything slowly vanish infront of me, I know my health is most important thing but not finishing something I started will tear me apart and it will until I do what I said I was going to do. When I was running today that’s all I was thinking about, that’s all I do when I run is think, I think about my past, I think the things I’ve done, and  I think about what I want to do before my clock stops ticking. For the last 10 miles of day it rained on me and I was okay with it, I knew deep down my trip was slowly coming to end. I just have to try and find the joy in the journey.  I finally made it Bristol and ran up to and little motel and I think that’s where I’ll be spending my night with warm shower and AC. Molly is flying out to meet in Gulfport, MS and that’s the one thing that I’m running toward now, with in the next few days I should be arriving to town to meet up with her and spend a few well needed days together. By the time she comes out I’ll be in need of a fews off my feet and hanging out at the beach with a piña colada in my hand with my toes in the sand. 


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