The start of this journey seems like a lifetime ago. Time has a way of sorting things out and organizing life in a way few people comprehend. During my trek this was a thought I clung to and prayed to be true. I knew if I could somehow keep putting one foot in front of the other, survive just one more day, one more night, eventually time and steps would take me to the end. I had been riding an emotional, physical, mental and spiritual roller coaster for months and the end was finally insight. This end being the Atlantic Ocean and the accomplishment of my wildest and most incomprehensible dream to date. It’s hard to describe the feeling of approaching the end of such an epic journey or the thoughts that went through my head in the closing miles. When I started out with my feet submerged in the Pacific Ocean my mind was filled with questions, wonder and the daunting thought of the unknown. I think this is one reason why the run was so interesting to follow. Everyone had the same questions, and the only way to answer them was to run. As the miles and days passed, questions found their answers, wonder was replaced with memories and the unknown became stories written in blogs. A later a book Running Water
WE DID IT! I ran across America and you raised a mind blowing $88,706 for Living Water!
People ask me all the time, “Why did you decide to do the run?” I usually reply by saying, “The adventure aspect intrigued me, and I wanted to do something to improve the water crisis.” Although this is true, it only scratches the surface of my reasoning. Running across America was the biggest dream I had at the time. After fulfilling a smaller dream of fixing up an old sailboat and living on it in Lake Michigan last summer, I spoke with so many people who shared their regrets. They kept telling me I need to do these things while I’m still young, before life gets ahold of me. Although, their advice struck me as odd since in my eyes, they were still capable of fulfilling their dreams. If you want to accomplish something the answer is not tomorrow it is today. It is now. It is always now. I have always desired to lead a fulfilled and meaningful life. For some reason my answer to that was running across America. The philosophy I learned on the sailboat also rang true for the run, follow your dreams and you will not be disappointed. You will not look back and say, “If only I would have lived on a sailboat,” or “If only I would have ran across America.” I know how time works and I know one day I will have to look back. Anything can be accomplished one step at a time. Sometimes the first step is the hardest, but without that first step I would have never been able to take my last step into the Atlantic Ocean.
God has blown me away on this journey. I have such a deep trust he will take care of me and my every need. Of course, I will forget this every other day and time and time again he will remind me he is God and he was a huge part of this mission. As I sit here and write this I’m literally brought to tears thinking of the low times he brought me through, the miracles I have seen and the beauty he has created. One day I was running along a busy highway, low on cash when a man slowed down his truck. He hardly said anything and in the middle of the road handed me a $20 bill. The story of the lost cell phone and the Pastor helping the young lady who was running away from prostitution are all examples of God’s presents on the run. As well as the power of a Rocky Mountain snowstorm and the beauty when it was gone, and the thousands and thousands of cars that flew by within feet of me, never hitting me. Running insane mileage and never getting so much as a rolled ankle. For those of you who prayed for me and often sit and wonder if God ever hears your prayers, I can confidently look you in the eye and say God not only heard your prayer, he answered it! Thank you so much!
Couple of interesting Facts
- $88,706 in 136 days
- $1.47 – how much money I had in my bank account 2 weeks before the start of the run.
- 3 drivers licenses found (1 lost)
- 1 FBI badge found
- 6 times pulled over by police
- 1 time driven off in the backseat of a police car after trying to run over a “cars only” bridge!
- 4 times I used my pepper spray on dogs.
- 5 pairs of Asic cumulus shoes (should have gotten 1 more pair)
- over 40 feet of Subway subs consumed
- 3 nights longest time in one bed
- 52 miles longest run
- 2,960 total miles
- 18 days off (11 during Grandpa’s Funeral and 0 after that point) from May 10th to June 30th, 1,240 miles
- 21.7 Avg mileage with days off
- 25.08 Avg mileage with running days only
Facts according to dailymile.com
1,768 donuts burned
71.6 TVs Powered
157.24 gallons of Gas saved
Ran .12 around the world
93lbs burned (I actually didn’t lose a single pound)
Thank You so much to everyone who followed along and donated to Living Water! I can speak for all of us when I say how proud we are to support such an incredible Christian charity as Living Water International. Already the run seems like a distant memory. I’m very happy I was able to pull it off and that you were able to pull together such a huge amount of money. The end was a lot of fun!
Below is a link to my book about the amazing adventure.