Sunday, January 31, 2010

Video and coordinates

Let's see if this works. I was told abot an app that let's me drop points on a map. So I tried it today and I'm not sure if the link will work. Let me know if it doesn't.

-- Patrick

Down long. Up long.

I started today's run like any other. Except today I was going down. I went down for a very long time, about 10 miles actually, right into the city of Las Cruces. It kind of reminds me of my home town, Stafford, except it is more spread out, has WAY more Mexican restaurants, and has an awesome view of mountains... Actually, it's nothing like Stafford.

I made my way through the town and found Route 70, like I was supposed to, the wierd thing is that it turned into a highway. I thought I was done with dodging cars and trucks flying onto entrance and exit ramps.

As I made my way further away from the city the traffic thinned. Then I saw it. The stripe of black that was going straight up the mountain just happened to be the road that I needed to take. Bonus!!!

I had about 9 miles left in the 30 mile day when I got to the base of the straight up road that would deliver me to the top. I had planned on walking it because, well, it's a huge mountain.

About that time, a sweet song came on the old headphones and got me just stoked enough to keep running. So I put it on repeat and listened to it a total of 13 time while I ran the whole way to the top. I was glad I did too because nothing; I say, NOTHING makes you feel more like a man than cruising steadily up a mountain while you listen to semi-trucks struggle up the same slice of road.

This is the backside of the mountain in the first picture. And the pass I went through was at 5,719 ft. called St. Augustine pass.

-- Patrick

Saturday, January 30, 2010

End of the interstate those cooler than I

One of the highlights of today was ending my time on I-10. Since I changed the route, there were several instances where I had no choice but to get on I-10 and roll on there for awhile. Well, today was the end of it. It turned out to be a 35 day with the last 11 on the interstate.

Earlier in the day I had the pleasure of meeting two bikers who are biking AROUND the country. They started in British Columbia and are going to be on the road for a total of about a year and a half. Russ and Laura's website is check it out!

They are really chill and are heading to a town near you! So hook them up with a place to stay, perhaps a meal and Russ is a legit photographer from what I've seen, so if you need a family portrait, he's your man.

ALSO, Russ showed me a bunch of cool apps for video editing and photo editing. So, not that I'll be turning pro photographer any time soon, but look forward to improved photos on the blog....maybe.

Tomorrow I move through Las Cruces. Big milestone or something...? I don't really know, but I've been looking at it on the map for quite awhile so I'm stoked on getting through it.

-- Patrick

Friday, January 29, 2010

For Maggie from Iowa

Today I ran for Maggie. She's from Iowa and probably the toughest person I've ever heard of. Hang in there Maggie! Stay tough!!

The run started out cold and overcast and ended chilly and very clear. It turned out to be a great day and a fantastic view. First, I ran 20 miles to Deming, and then met up with Matt from the Deming Headlight and did a newspaper interview. He was very nice and quite interested.

Deming was nice. Very quaint. But they had a great mountain, Mt. Florida.

That's best picture I could get.

-- Patrick

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rain, cold, and cops

Today, I'd like to say hey to Ms. Young's kindergarten class at the Hilltop School in Wyoming, Ohio. They heard about the run and are doing fundraisers to help the way they know how. So thank you kindergarten!

Rain rain and more rain. That was the general idea behind today. It was a high of about 45 degrees so was also very cold for rain. I ran into the wind for the 30 miles I covered today. Needless to say, today was miserable. I did, however, pass the continental divide at 4,585 ft. So that was pretty cool.

For the most part, I stayed on frontage roads but I did need to run on I-10 when the road ended. I knew there was a possibility of trouble so I ran fast. Real fast. I had to cover 6 miles on the freeway and wanted to get it overwith. I figured now would be a good time to work in some quicker speed work. But I guess my fear of someone kicking me off the highway and therefore skipping 6 miles of the whole country run had me running faster anyway.

A couple of the miles were in the 6:30 range and the rest were in the 7 ish range. Unfortunately, it wasn't quick enough. The cops pulled up behind me and I immediately started talking and telling them what I was doing and how I was supposed to go through Show Low but had to reroute. They were cool, and had no problem with me running where I was and just stopped to make sure I was ok. Good deal. Good day.

-- Patrick


-- Patrick

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Today started like any other day in the desert. Long straight road and a 50 mile, in any direction, view.

What wasn't so ordinary, was who else happened to be in the New Mexican desert. I was plodding along on, minding my own business when I saw this Cadillac from the 90s coming toward rt 70 from a side desert road. We intersected at about the same time and they stopped right in front of me.

This moustached man with slicked back hair rolled down a deeply tinted window and immediately the aroma of cigar smoke, cologne, and brandy flooded my nostrils. He asked me if I needed a ride and I assured him I was just fine and explained what I was doing. He then informed me, "That wasn't a question."

Then two Italian guys got out of the back of the car and offered me a seat. When I refused, one grabbed me! Being in the middle of the desert I tried to run away but the guy was bigger than your standard refridgerator and let's face it, I'm not.

He threw me in the back of the car and we turned down 70 east. The man in the front started asking me what I was really doing and what I had seen. I told I knew a little bit about a lot of things and I've seen every yard of the route back to Huntington Beach, California.

Apparently, the bloke next to me didn't like my attitude and knocked me out with one gorilla sized fist to the top of my noggin. When I came to, I was chained to a chair in some warehouse. I could see I was still in the desert through the dirty windows and the shadows cast an ugly shadow on the greasy guy that originally "offered" me a ride...

While none of this is true, it would've been a lot more interesting than today was. The route I'm on is now pretty tricky because I have to somehow avoid I-10...we'll see how that goes.

BUT I did see a skeleton. Very stereotypical of the desert so, I took a picture.

I also saw a dead cow and all his cow friends were around him with their heads down. I figured it was his funeral so I didn't take a picture of that, ya know, out of respect.

On a side note, I would like to say "hi" to Katie's grandma Bontrager because I found out she reads my blog. So, Hey grandma Bontrager!!

-- Patrick


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Running buddy and today

Yesterday I had a running buddy named Eva. She had a conference in San Diego and decided she wanted a taste of the cross country run even though it was an 8 hour drive!

We met up at my ending place from the day before at 8:15 and took off down the road.

We were both lucky enough to have great weather and nice scenery for the 30 mile day. Turns out, not only can she run ultramarathons but she's also a neuroscientist! She has a lab and tests rats with probes in their brains! She's working on a new experiment where she is trying to prove some very innovative thoughts. So if you happen to be thumbing through your favorite neroscience journal and glance at an article featuring Eva Pastalkova, just know she's a crazy runner as well and I have run with her.

Today was tough. Mentally, and physically. I did however cross into New Mexico. Other than that it was a boring day with no scenery and uphill road from mile 10-30.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Chased by dogs on a quick day

Starting today I had planned on keeping the pace conservative because I had done a 35 mile day yesterday and had a 33ish mile day today and I didn't want to over-do it. Well, that didn't really happen.

I started the day and felt good and had the feeling that the old legs needed a quiker run today. I picked it up a little bit and hit cruise control. I passed three hitch-hikers and they asked who I was running from. I stopped to talk to them for a minute and resumed the run. Next came the dogs.

I was running at a decent clip and these three dogs started barking at me from their yard. Luckily they were surrounded by barbed wire. They were going nuts and they stared running toward the fence and jumped right through a hole in the barbed wire. I slowed down a bit to hopefully show them that i wasnt threatening but was getting a little nervous. Plus I didnt want to book it because I wanted to keep an eye on these things. There weren't any cars around and these dogs were losing their minds. They got within about 15 feet of me and they stopped and made a fan formation between me and their house. One was snarling and moving slowly closer while I backed away a little quicker. The other two kept barking and were jumping around but still mad. When they were 4 feet away I just sort of stood in an uncomfortably strong position hoping they would be scared if I tried to act tough. Luckily, it worked. I must be some sort of dog whisperer or something because the other two dogs calmed down a bit and the one stopped moving toward me. Then, I simply backed away slowly and kept right on running. I don't expect that little tough guy trick to ever work again but I'm glad it worked this time.

For the rest of the day I kept a decent pace and felt strong. Then for whatever reason my right thigh siezed up and I got a monster cramp that forced me to walk. It was the wierdest thing but I figured something was out of balance so I drank some more water, ate a GU and kept running. It worked itself out and I was able to finish the 33.9 day in 4:54. These days, that's a decent time for me. Normally I only time the day so I have a record of when I should eat and things like that, but today, I used it to race time.

All in all, today was pretty eventful and ended well.

-- Patrick

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Back to movin'

Today was an excellent 35 mile day over rolling mountains with great views. The weather was sunny, and cold at 34 degrees at the start, and then warm, then rainy, then cold, then sleet made a guest appearance, then a little hail, then it came back full circle to sunny and cool. High today was low 50s.

Other than the strange spectrum of weather, it was a bit of a strange day in other areas as well. I saw three dead dogs, and four dead skunks, not cool. 14 people honked at me. I'm not sure if it was because they've never seen anyone running or if I had some leftover peanut butter and jelly smeared on my face. Either way that was wierd and I didn't taste any pb&j when I checked. Then I saw 11 hypodermic needles in about a quarter mile. Super not cool.

All in all, strange day BUT at least I got to run. Good news.

There's a mountain over there somewhere.

-- Patrick

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-- Patrick

Friday, January 22, 2010


That's right kids, it snowed in Globe, Arizona. According to the locals it hasn't snowed here in 2 years. And the road that I'm supposed to take north to Show Low is closed...until further notice. Sweet.

Ever seen snow in the desert? Yep, me either.

Being that we had lots of time today, my grandpa and I dragged out the maps and started poking around trying to find another way.

The good news, we did. I'm now going south toward Safford. The bad news? Well, we don't know that one yet. More good news, I can start running again tomorrow. I don't know how far because the weather is still supposed to be a little on the sketchy side, BUT at least I won't be sitting around for some undecided amount of time.

That's all I have today. No running and I have waaaaaaaay too much energy to sit around for another day.

-- Patrick

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Today was not good. 15 miles in pouring rain and no goal. Weather has put a temporary hold on my progress. Not that I have any problem with running in the rain, but my destination, Show Low, AZ is getting pounded with snow right now. Snow is even better to run in than rain BUT it's terrible for RV's and when it's continuous.

If you've seen a weather forecast in the past 48 hours it shows a huge colored spot covering southern California and Arizona. That's where I am. It's very strange for this kind of steady pouring rain here but it is what it is.

The other problem that is blocking progress is that there is nothing between Globe and Show Low. So even if I wanted to rum some, we would have to come back to Globe. Talk about losing some sort of motivation.

What does this mean? I'm frustratingly (is that even a word? If not, it should be. Take note Mr. Webster) stuck in Globe until further notice.

-- Patrick

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Today is my grandpa's birthday and he is out here with me supporting in the rv. Happy birthday!

On a side note, I had convinced him when he joined me, that since I wasn't shaving, he shouldn't either. It was looking pretty gruff and about 100% man but he decided he couldn't take it anymore. So we should all hold a moment of silence for his beard since it died today in the sink of an RV park.

Ok! Onto the day's activities! Today, I climbed. Pretty much from the start until about mile 18 then went down for a mile or two then went right back up. Then went down into the town of Miami and straight on through to the town of Globe. I topped out at 4600' and ended the day around 3400' I think. The 3400 could be wrong but I came down a bit there at the end.

It was a tough day but after the 33 miles I feel great. It was so pretty going through the canyons and over some mountains, the miles, hours and towns just zipped on by. I was so distracted by the scenery that at one point I realized I was running up a really steep part of a climb and about two and a half hours had passed.

Then there was the tunnel! I came to this tunnel that my grandpa wanted to drive me through! I said no thank you. I need to run through it. Otherwise, at the end, I would have run the entire country except for about a half mile tunnel. So I ran as fast as I could and my grandpa drove behind me with his hazard lights on. The thing I didn't take into account is that I was sprinting half a mile up hill. My lungs felt that one afterward!

All in all, good day!

-- Patrick

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Video of Cameron

The song "all the sinle ladies" came on, and this kid knew just what to do. Thank you Cameron for letting me post this.

-- Patrick

McKemy Middle

First off, happy birthday to Marian Price! She's 21 today. It's a good age, so think of her and wish her a happy birthday.

Today was an off day so I went to McKemy Middle School to talk to the PE classes. The kids were very receptive and had lots of questions.

There were a couple kids that came up to talk to me afterward about how they could help besides telling people about kids getting arthritis. Some other kids were very interested in how someone "learns how to run a marathon everyday without dying." I liked figuring out how to answer that one.

Tomorrow I continue my trek east and start going into the canyons. Pretty soon I'll be in the mountains... Plan for the worst and hope for the best. That's all I can do for now.

-- Patrick

Monday, January 18, 2010


Last night I stayed with a very nice family near Phoenix. Their daughter has arthritis so it was good to talk to her. We had a Mexican dish with a fried egg on top. Which, when you say it sounds strange, but believe me, it was good.

Today was great! It was supposed to pour rain, but it didn't. The temps were in the low 60s and I got to run on trails!

I started out on roads with no pain, feeling good. Then I was supposed to get on this road we couldn't find. So my Gpa and I scoped the map a little closer and found where it should be. As we started down it, we noticed a dead end sign BUT I could see where I was supposed to be about a mile straight ahead. Bushwhackin time. (see video below) Turns out I was right and met up with Gpa on the otherside. Perfect!

From there I got on 60 and stayed there until the end of my day. 25 miles in the bank and feelin goooood.

From here, I stay on 60 for a really long time.

-- Patrick

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-- Patrick

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Goofy day

Today started out with needing to find a way around the Rock n Roll half marathon. The problem was that their route was right on my route! How dare them plan this. If ya can't beat em, join em! So I did. I didn't do the whole thing, and I didn't take medal at the end, but I can't say I didn't snag a few snacks at the finish line.

Now, for all those that are about to report me for race banditing, please don't. I don't have any arguements other than that.

By the time I got passed the finish line and started the rest of my run for the day it was around 11:30 and had only covered 13-ish miles.

Bottom line, it was a very goofy day. I finished off with 25 miles and just couldn't really get into it today. I didn't have any ailments, I just couldn't get into it.

BUT I did see Pam Reed running the marathon, which was kinda cool. She is a 2 time Badwater winner and race director of the Tuscon marathon.

-- Patrick


Saturday, January 16, 2010

14th day of running

Today I ran for the people in Haiti. I hope the Arthritis Foundation understands, but the fact that they keep finding more and more bodies is horrible. I'm sure everyone has heard about it, but I thought I'd just take a minute to draw a bit more attention to the people and their families.

Today's run went well. The hip healed overnight and was just fine today. Good news. I did 31 miles today and ended in downtown Phoenix, AZ.

One thing more and more people ask me is how my feet are holding up. I have to say they are holding up fantastically. I expected to lose most if not all of my toenails on this run. It's just a fact of running life. But I have not lost a single one and haven't had a single blister either! I can really only blame that on the Smartwool socks I use. I rotate three pairs and they are working great. And yes, they are a sponsor of the run.

I also need to thank GU as a sponsor because their gels and Chomps are keeping me going on these long days.

I went back to the Phoenix marathon expo today to check out anything I missed yesterday and I went by this booth with a guy talking about Youth Juice. It is really a cool thing because it was all just natural berries and seaweeds and it is a natural inflammatory and antioxydant. We got talking about the run and they said to tell the kids with arthritis about it because of all it helps with. They gave me a bottle to try and I figured since it's just natural berry juice, why not? So check that out if you have a chance. I'll let you know if it helps me.

I then went by the Power Balance booth and got talking to the guy about a bracelet that helps with balance when running and flexibility. He liked the idea of the run and gave me one to try out, so I'll let you know how that works out.

There really isn't much to say about today's wasn't really special in anyway except that I made it to Phoenix, which is kinda cool.

I hope something cooler happens tomorrow during the run....

-- Patrick

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-- Patrick

Friday, January 15, 2010


Today started just like all the rest. Except last night I couldn't sleep. Wierd but it happens. So I was a bit tired starting out. I was cruising along through 5, 10, 15 miles but something wasn't quite right. Around the 15.1564334566 mile mark my hip started feeling strange. Not hurting, just strange. By the 15.164335667 mile mark it hurt. The best I could figure was that I have been running with a slight limp since my achillies issue trying to baby it a bit and now my opposite hip has decided to make it's presence known.

Being that I am about 12 miles ahead of the very tentative schedule, I cut today's 26 miler into a 24 miler and decided that I was being smart by not pushing it too hard. Unfortunately, pushing myself is one thing that I do most of the time without even thinking so to cut myself off is often harder for
me than to keep going.

Being that I ended right next to the hotel room that was donated, (how convenient) I decided to shower before making our way to the Phoenix Marathon expo where I would hand out business cards like they were candy. Chiseling off road grime in the shower is possibly the greatest feeling in the world. It's right up there with peeling Clementines, the first bite out of a loaded pb&j, and holding a puppy without having to smell it's breath. Let's face it, puppy breath smells bad.

Anyway, we went to the expo, and I hear some guy in the back giving a schpiel about race recovery. Except what this guy is saying makes sense. He wasn't listing off the normal, "take a day off for every mile run." He said to run the day after! I decided that since the guy knew what he was talking about I'd wander over to see what he at least looked like. It was Dean Karnazes. The author of Ultramarathon Man, and 50/50. If you don't know who he is, google him and play eenie meenie minie moe with the first zillion things that come up.

After he was done speaking, I went up and introduced myself and he remembered me from when I first emailed him about coming to the kickoff for the run.
I gave him a card with the website on it and got a picture.

The rest of the expo was good, and I handed out lots of cards with the website. And for those of you who happen to stumble upon this blog without knowing the website, here it is:

-- Patrick


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Day 13

Day 13 is dedicated to my darling sister, Bridget, because math isn't fun. A joke by Matt Grundy:

Q: If the military goes to boot camp, where do spies go?
A: sneaker camp

Onto business. Today started at 52 and rose to the high 70's. It was a pretty good 34 mile day and the last 14 were on a gravel an dirt road that had me choking for dust-free air after each of the 4 cars passed me. The mini twisters were kinda cool though.

I feel good and today I also decided to work in some speed work because I was a little afraid with all the slower running I've been doing, I would forget how to run fast. So, I did some mile repeats as well some pick up songs just for good measure.

I'm staying pretty close to I-10 these days.

Clearly they missed the memo that this is a desert. No water here.

-- Patrick


Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Yesterday was a 26 mile day and I passed through Bouse, AZ. That was to be my ending point but I ate a few pb&j's and decided to keep going. Besides, it was only 1 pm. I went another 10 and called it a day. The high was 62 and the low was 39 when I started. Chilly willy.

Last night we spent the night in an RV camp and I though I saw UFO. I don't know what it was but it was freaking me out watching the lights... All I know, is that it definitely wasn't a plane or satellite.

Today was a 30 mile day. When I started it was 51 degrees and the high was 72. I passed through a town called Hope. It was an intersection. The sign on the way out said, "Your beyond Hope." ....I didn't see a school at the intersection so I won't hold their English accountable.

The rest of the day looked like Frontier Land at Disney Land. Interesting but no Thunder Mountain.

Lookin rough in the middle of nowhere.

-- Patrick


Sunday, January 10, 2010


-- Patrick

Location:Ca and az

Day 9

Today was the last 30 miles of California! The run went well and I did it faster than the other days. Two of the entourage from yesterday were heading back to San Diego and they stopped to talk to me and they gave me Gatorade. I wish I was a day ahead so I could run with them. They were all so nice.

Anyway my tan is getting awesome. Check it out ladies!!!

Tomorrow is an off day, my first off day, so I might not post...but I probably will.

Today's temp high 72 low 43...ish.

-- Patrick

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Pics from day 8

Mike from Cures Rock!

Summer and Autumn!

-- Patrick

Day 7 & 8

Yesterday I started in the desert and ended in the desert. And the only difference between yesterday and today was today was good mentally. Yesterday I did a lot of walking and I kept thinking about the whole distance and how much I missed familiarity. Mentally, I was a wreck. Physically, I wasn't much better. My Achilles was tight. Tight when I walked and tight when I ran, so I figured, "why not run so I can finish this death march quicker?" My grandfather did join up with me yesterday though and we spent the night in the RV...still in the middle of nowhere.

Sunsets are good in the desert though.

Enough with the doom and gloom. Let's skip to today.

Today was good. The Achilles was still tight, at least through mile 22. Then it decided that there was no point in bugging me because I wasn't going to stop, so it starting behaving. It just felt fine.

And then I had the run in at mile 15 with Highway Patrol. "Are you okay?" I gave a thumbs up. "Just making sure your girlfriend didn't throw you out of the car." I laughed and they left.

They later stopped at the RV making sure Gpa was ok and he told them about the run.(they left before I had a chance to)

I finished my run and we decided we would stay in an RV park at Big River, where I'll end tomorrow and I saw this group of runners in blue shirts. We stopped to see who they were and it was a guy running 30 miles a day from San Diego to Phoenix, AZ! I was stoked and we started talking and they knew me as "stroller guy" but I assured them this "stroller guy" was getting help through the desert.

He is running for Cures Rock!
They were all great ( he had a whole entourage) BUT the fun doesn't end there!

If you'll recall, there were 2 girls at the start who "ran a lot longer than I thought," well they and their mom drove an hour to visit me! It was a great surprise and they were really sweet.

Summer and Autumn started their own run of a mile everyday for every day I run! They deserve some love!!

Tomorrow I enter Arizona and some sort of civilization. Good news.

Location:Middle of nowhere

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Day 5

Today was supposed to be a 30 mile day. Because of my time constraint yesterday I didn't get to finish the last 5 or so miles from yesterday. So today would be 35 miles. I was dreading several parts of today.

First would be the highway section. 4.5 miles on I-10. Second would be the climb up to Morongo Valley. And the last part would be a huge climb up to Joshua Tree.

Last night I felt terrible. Mentally, physically, everything. So needless to say I wasn't looking forward to today.

First things first. Clean up my mess from yesterday, the last 5 miles to the highway. I felt okay. Not great, but I started out running which is always good.

When I reached the highway I decided to book it so I could potentially avoid any trouble from the law enforcers in the area. I did the 4.5 miles in about 29 min. I felt great! I must have repeated "relax and roll" 600 times in that 4.5 miles. Next I got on highway 62 which would take me straight into the desert and Arizona for that matter.

I still felt smooth in the 68 degree weather. And I traded running on the street for running on the thin curb so I could better occupy my mind and reflexes.

When I got to the big climb I put on Doomriders. This epic CD would remain my soundtrack for the day. Their songs even got me stoked enough to run up some of the climb.

Upon reaching the top I started running again and noticed there was a sign that said the fine for littering was 5 grand!!! That didn't stop anyone. Including the guy that decided to ditch the washing machine door on the side of the road. Or the million on bottles of Tecate. Random.

The road became straight again and I was in the valley.

The elevation says 2566.

I put it in cruise control and was rollin, and feelin good.

After an hour or so I hit the second big climb and walked it. It was long. A good 2 miles maybe longer but straight up. No switchbacks, just straight. These road builders were so smart. I'll bet they thought, "let's build this road the most direct route." And they did.

Anyway, the rest of the way was just straight. Nothing exciting at all but this is a picture of the Joshua Tree sign.

The elevation on this on says 2700 or something. Tonight, I'm with the Becks. They are very nice and have four cute little blonde kids.

Tomorrow is a 30 day...I'm wondering if today was a fluke and reality will hit me in the face tomorrow, but I guess there's only one way to find out.

Here's a video of the first climb.

-- Patrick

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day 4

Today hurt. It was a windd day. Double the "d" for a double dose of wind. I started at 5:55 am so I could be done early because we had a tv filming an hour away at 1 so I had to be done. The roads were straight, I ran into the wind. I started to feel good and I was rolling along. Faster than the other days by far.

The final obstacle for the day was the highway. Looking at the map it looked like I would need to take the I-10 highway for about 11 miles. Luckily I found a trail going right next to the highway and the railroad tracks. So I took that. I was rolling along and saw wind generators and mountains, AND a casino. It was tempting, but decided to keep moving.

-- Patrick

Location:Adams Ave,Murrieta,United States

Monday, January 4, 2010

Day 3

Today I started where I left off of course but the family I stayed with told me about a bike trail that goes right where I was headed so I decided to take that. It turned out out to be any longer or shorter so it worked out. Right at the end of the trail I ran into this sign which let me know I was headed in the right direction.

Thought it was pretty cool. Anyway, hunger hit me like a freight train today so I ate a whole Papa Johns supreme pizza on the run. Oh it hit the spot and really gave me the boost I was looking for.

My run today ended in the canyons and that's where I'll do most of my running tomorrow.

After the run, the AF exec Cathy, who is great and has picked me up both days, showed me around the city and we ate at In and Out. I ate that double double less than an hour and a half after I downed the pizza...I wonder if this will be a trend throughout the run.

Well, it's almost time for dinner, so I'd better wake up from my nap. I really could get used to this. Run, eat, nap, eat, sleep, run...of course in no order at all and some of those at the same time....

-- Patrick

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Day one and two in a nut shell

Day one: woke up. Game time. We drove down to Bella Terra mall and met up with my parents and my uncle and aunt.

Side story, I actually started the day before because I wanted to touch the water so Katie, my grandfather, and his wife and myself drove down to huntington beach and my parents were there!! They completely took me by surprise and flew out for the start!

Anyway, we gathered at Bella Terra mall and I met so many people. Everyone was so nice and so appreciative. The mayor came out as well as people from
The arthritis foundation and a guy named Gus came just to run with me.

This is a picture of the stroller and myself.
Anyway! The marching band for the Orange County high school even came out, as well as CBS channel 7. Big crowd, good time. A few words were said and it was way more emotional than I expected. Especially after 11 year old Makayla spoke. She has spoken in front of congress by the way.

Off we went at about 9:15 ish and Gus, Badwater solo finisher, my uncle Bob, marathon runner joined me. Also these two little girls, Summer and Autumn, who were 10 and 11 ran for a bit and lasted way longer than I expected.

I didn't feel well. Pretty much from the start. I felt sluggish, tired, and generally not myself. Great start... It was quite frustrating but I decided to just keep truckin along and hopefully I would start to shape up. This was not te case.

After 4 miles we met up with my mom dad and Katie and my friend from high school, Keaton was there! He ran with us for the rest of the day along with his friend Matt who is a speed demon at the 3000 as well as 5k.

Gus kept us all entertained with stories from Badwater as well as local history, sightseeing comments and was very kind to every biker he saw by offering well wishes for the new year and bike tips such as "Wear a helmet!!" it was great running with him.

Afterwards we all headed to the Galli's for a big pasta party. It tasted so good. Unfortunately, I was still not feeling much like myself. There was a large crowd and everyone who came was incredibly nice and offered me help and asked what they could do.

At the end of the party Katie and I said our goodbyes because she needed to catch the red eye from San Diego. Not stoked on her leaving, but I was glad she was there.

I stayed at the Galli's last night and they were incredibly kind.

This morning Kim Galli, Tom and myself started the run from Brea were I ended the day before to Pedley.

Running through the cayons was absolutely beautiful. It was so different from the east coast that I am used to running. After Tom and Kim stopped I was on my own with my directions. Unfortunately, due to lame direction taking on my part. I got semi lost and ran out of water from both my hand bottle and camelback. Luckily I found a 7-11 not too long after I ran out and was able to replenish the h2o supply.

After some crafty road work, I found where I was and was able to press eastward. I ended the day some 5:20 after I started and ran the majority of it. Was it exactly 26.3 that I had planned?hopefully not, otherwise I've got bigger issues with my running than I thought. But then again, who cares. I finished today and it's time to look toward tomorrow. I stay with the McCleods for the next 3 nights and they are a great family.

This is what I ran next to today.

-- Patrick

Friday, January 1, 2010