Today was the same routine: Wake up at 3 am. Start walking at 4 am. Run/Walk 5 miles. Pit Stop. Run/Walk 5 miles. Pit stop. Over and over until the finish line for the day. Today’s finish line was an exciting one! Adam hit the New Mexico border! Ultra pal ran with Adam the last 30 miles of the day and finished at the New Mexico border with Adam. To shake things up a bit at the pit stops, Adam’s wife Karen started playing Pass the Popcorn to give Adam fun trivia since he’s a big movie guy.
Exciting moment for Adam! He started running again today! Today started a new routine of intervals of running and walking. His initial plan was to do this all along, but since he’s been in a lot of pain he hasn’t run since the afternoon of Day 5. So running is huge deal! Even though he’s running, he’s still in pain in his left shin, left IT band and left Achilles. Adam is waiting for the day he can enjoy running again and not be in pain.
This morning a man, Ken, just happened to walk by a pit stop and said, “Hey! Are you walking across the country? I just heard about you on the radio!” Then continued to share hydration techniques. Then, this afternoon high schoolers Chris and Ricco, joined Adam walking and asked Adam to sign their track shoes for good luck in this upcoming season. So cool!
Adam was a new man today after three days of rest. He started the day off strong walking from 4 am to 8:45 am and accomplishing 15 miles at a 15-minute mile pace. This was a huge improvement from his average twenty-minute mile pace four days ago. Adam has been setting small goals for himself to have tiny victories throughout the day. His overall goal for today was 40 miles with his pain at or below a five out of ten.
Today was a day of rest for Adam. He finished the day yesterday at sunset and his pain level in his left shin was at a 10 out of 10. He connected with his doctor and was advised to get rest. So, Adam and Karen decided to have Adam rest for two days to see how he feels after getting some rest. His health is the main priority right now.
Day 8 was a day of rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. Adam broke the day down into small goals of five-mile segments. He completed eight cycles of walking five miles then celebrating with a pit stop. The team would get Adam stretched, hydrated, and fed and then Adam would head out for the next five miles again.
The crew is quickly realizing the challenge of the planned route as we head further east in California. The desert is pretty isolated with sometimes only I-10 passing through the area. As a pedestrian, Adam can’t be on the interstate, and as a crew, it is illegal for us to stop on the interstate if it's not an emergency.
Adam's body continues to adjust to the mileage as he crosses an ever-changing landscape. Today's route was mostly along narrow roads and sandy access roads following I-10. We ran south of Joshua Tree National Park and are feeling blessed to experience the beauty of this part of the country. We knew before sunrise that we were going to have to fight for day 4.
Day 3 started strong. Adam went from Cabazon, CA to Mecca, CA. The tendinitis behind his knee was much improved and the course was relatively flat, with some rolling hills through wind farms near North Palm Springs. The route is a bit tricky from here to Phoenix as we are forced to find roads parallel to I-10, which is tricky to do in this part of the country!
Day 2 started out rough, but ended well! Adam went from Riverside, CA, to Cabazon, CA. He is dealing with tendinitis behind his knee, which cropped up late on Day 1 and was screaming after a steady climb at the start of Day 2. He completed 45 miles, 15 shy of the 60 planned for the day. He walked miles 3-38 and applied Kool 'N Fit pain relieving liquid at every pit stop to give his tendon the best chance of recovery and it appears to have paid off: Adam was able to run the final 7 miles on the day!