Dude, did you just shoot at my runner?!

Dude, did you just shoot at my runner?!

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Guns, guns, and more guns. Guns have certainly been the theme for the last few days as we ran to and through Knoxville. I was expecting something a little closer to the tourism of Memphis, but it was a lot more sketchy and a few sections were scary.

We did run through some beautiful forest roads and waterfalls in Ozone, Tennessee, but Pat also heard one guy either shoot at him, or shoot in the air as he ran by on the public highway.

That incident really pissed me off and I can only hope there was some misunderstanding, like maybe he was shooting off his bicycle lock because he couldn’t remember the combination and he had to go to the market to get fresh kale. And Pat just happened to run by.

The second incident happened in Knoxville when Pat saw a couple of plain-clothes guys banging on a door with guns out and ready. It was a shady neighborhood and he didn’t stick around to see what happened.

As a result, Pat has been posting a lot of anti-gun ideas on his Facebook page and it has been raising quite a stir and debate, as this issue always does. I’m just trying to focus on crewing and keeping Pat safe as he navigates some shitty experiences.

Pat is definitely right about one thing though: sometimes people use guns to point and intimidate. The goal is to make us feel fear. Our greatest revenge is to never feel fearful. Not ever.

Knoxville was a nightmare to crew. We ran right by the college. The roads were narrow, a lot of one way streets, and no place to park. Pat had to make a few turns and we couldn’t be there to make sure he turned (he did). We met him later outside of town but it was a stressful stretch. It was also really hot and no good for the animals in the RV. Cities like that make us feel like caged beasts.

A couple days ago I took my bike out to ride with Pat and we both missed a turn. I blame myself since I’m the crew and I also plotted the route and should know where the hell I’m going. We ended up running for 7 miles before we figured maybe something was wrong and we called Shacky. In the end, we rerouted so the mileage loss was minimal. A new #crewfail for me.

The biggest highlight of Tennessee so far was staying with Leanne and then Mikki. They were both amazing hosts and Mikki had a dog-friendly everything. Ginger and Kitty loved it there.

Mikki is training for a body-building competition so we got a chance to chat with her about training and diet. I have a great admiration for what she’s doing. It takes a tremendous amount of commitment and dedication, but she has a goal in mind and she’s working full force towards it.

We’ll be crossing the border into Virginia in two days! I can’t wait! It’s supposed to rain most of the afternoon today (again) but we’d like to cover another 40 miles if possible. Pat is out there right now running in the rain. These weather patterns are so confusing. Yesterday was a scorcher and today it’s pouring and cloudy. Hello, spring.

With every step we are thinking of our buddy Jup, just a short ways behind us and primarily self-supported. Be sure to check out his adventures below.

Onward!

Originally posted on Jup's Blog:

A beautiful morning as I headed out of Nashville into the rush of traffic coming into the city, I past this lake first up and it set a nice mood in my head as I battled with little or no shoulder.

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So I wanted to show you the shoulder on the road, It can go from this big wide one on a larger road and hone on the next 3 photos go right down to nothing and running with the buggy I stock out a hell of a lot , I do feel a bit bad as everyone thinks I have a baby inside and they stop quickly and hold up traffic more, sorry everyone.

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It was a nice road today with rolling hills not to big and lots to look at.

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I wasn’t feeling good in the stomach this morning for some reason and…

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Run It Fast Love & Estimated Finish Date

Run It Fast Love & Estimated Finish Date

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Did some mapping yesterday and discovered we’re less than a week away from finishing the state. Our schedule at 40-mile days is:

Tue 7-Apr Clarkrange, TN
Wed 8-Apr Lenoir City, TN (Knoxville)
Thurs 9-Apr Strawberry Plains, TN (Knoxville)
Fri 10-Apr Rogersville, TN
Sat 11-Apr Kingsport, TN
Sun 12-Apr Bristol, TN

I’m excited to get into VA but can’t believe Tennessee is almost over. We are currently looking for a mail drop in Roanoke, VA. We need a home that can receive care packages for us. We have been averaging around 5 boxes per mail drop. We are a couple weeks away from reaching Roanoke.

Last night we had an awesome time with Run It Fast runner Leanne Goodwin Dibrell. Pat said, “This is the nicest place we have ever stayed!” She had a beautiful home in Cookeville, TN. We got in some showers and laundry and pizza! Thanks Leanne for your awesome hospitality.

Today we’ll be knocking out another 40 miles and spending the night with body builder Mikki. She has been graciously accepting our mail for the past couple of weeks. Thanks Mikki! And thanks to Jeff Genova for hooking us up with these awesome people.

Pat has been alternating between sandals and Altras. The Altras are a relief on his Achilles and they help him get the miles in pain-free. He is still in high spirits even though it has been raining daily.

We have now started counting down the miles instead of counting up—only a hair over 1,000 left to run to Boston! We are on track to finish on May 10th if we can continue at this pace. That would give Pat enough time to fly back to California for Born to Run. He is interested in the 100-miler.

Shacky and I wouldn’t have time to drive back in time for Born to Run so we’ll sadly miss it this year. Our plan so far is to hang around the East coast until our better half Jup Brown finishes and celebrate with him. I’m also hoping to meet up with my family in New York if they can fly down.

Back to crewing!

Originally posted on Jup's Blog:

Last night there was a pretty full moon so I got out the camera to take a couple of shots but it didnt come out that well, looks like a evening shot aye. oh well I was a bit sleepy and just wanted to go to bed.

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Today the goal wasn’t really going to happen right from the kick off as I was in a slow mood , well maybe just a chill mood. I headed up taking ages and only got to 31 miles but still into double bonus miles which is over 30. I head up about 3 miles short of Scotts Hill which is I would say bigger than the 5 houses in this town.

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The road was good again but not much shoulder to play with so had to keep a watch for traffic, The sun tried all day to come out but didnt really make…

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It’s a Twister! It’s a Twister!

It’s a Twister! It’s a Twister!

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Pat knocked out another 40+ miles on Friday on the route I plotted which put him right in the middle of a tornado warming. Oops. #crewfail

We ended up Columbia just before the storm hit and hid out in the RV (which you’re not supposed to do in a tornado). But it’s not like I was going to leave my kitty behind…

Anyhoo! We survived to run again. Yesterday Pat ran to his friend Marisa’s town in Murfreesboro and we called it an early day at 50K to spend some time with her and her family. Many thanks to Marisa for hosting us!

After a leisurely morning it’s back on the road for another 20 or so miles to wrap up the day. Next week it’s off to the post office to mail off some goodies to everyone who has donated to The 100 Mile Club! Don’t forget:

For the month of April, for every $20 donation to The 100 Mile Club we will be mailing you a postcard from the Team with at least one grammatical or spelling error guarantead.

For every $50 donation we will mail you an autographed copy of The Summit Seeker plus a trinket that Pat Sweeney has found on the side of the road that is not fecal.

Donate online at: http://www.tinyurl.com/runwithusamerica.

Remember to message us your mailing address if you donate!

I’m also excited today because the hard copy proof of my book arrived in the mail. We are still 85 miles from our mail drop, but I may be able to figure something out with Mikki, our gracious host, to pick it up early. Once I approve this proof I can start selling paper copies of my book. Woohoo!

Thanks to everyone how has bought the Kindle version, shared it, and supported the project. Remember to leave an Amazon review!

Onward!

Originally posted on Jup's Blog:

It was a cool night last night and my hide away camp spot was great , didnt get told to leave so I was happy. I headed off at 7am and had the goal of Linden town. I was aiming for here as as I could see the hotel there was the only one for miles. I wanted a shower.

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A great sunrise and not a lot of traffic on the roads for a start but got busy later, The road was pretty narrow and a lot of cars were stopping as my buggy was sticking out a lot. sorry. I pasted through a few small towns and some nice countryside on the 34 miles I did today. One thing i did notice was everyone was out cutting their lawns, I mean every house had some riding a mower.

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Who wants a Postcard? Arkansas Video and Another 50+ Miles

Who wants a Postcard? Arkansas Video and Another 50+ Miles

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Our Arkansas video is up! Check it out:

Direct YouTube link

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

For the month of April, for every $20 donation to The 100 Mile Club we will be mailing you a postcard from the Team with at least one grammatical or spelling error guarantead.

For every $50 donation we will mail you an autographed copy of The Summit Seeker plus a trinket that Pat Sweeney has found on the side of the road that is not fecal.

Donate online at: http://www.tinyurl.com/runwithusamerica.

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It was another smashing day yesterday with 50+ miles covered. We finished near Decateurville, Tennessee. We are very much enjoying this hilly route. Pat loves the change of muscles and he’s feeling great. Thanks to Laz for routing us through here.

I had a good day of pushups and situps. Yes, I am still doing Jup’s original challenge of one pushup for each Transcon day. I often forget what day we’re on, so I round to the nearest five. Today I did 80 pushups and 80 situps. I am also trying to catch up on situps since I didn’t realize until day 50 that I was supposed to be doing them (I’m on Day 65). My abs will thank Jup someday… but not today.

Ginger and I got in a good 5K run today. That’s the most she has been able to run with us since we started crewing. I decided I’m going to start paying a lot more attention to her, even if I have to run with her on a leash on the side of the road. (We needed to lie down for a few minutes at the 4K mark, but that’s ok cause it was a hot day and some of us don’t have sweat glands.) No bike riding for me today since there was no shoulder and a lot of blind hills—I didn’t feel safe on the bike.

We ended our long day by pulling over at a bp gas station. They had a large back lot where we were out of the way. No thanks to bp for kicking us out and threatening to call the cops on us even when we had explained our situation. BOO bp, you suck. We ended up having to drive in the rain and in the dark to find another spot.

For the most part people have been friendly, but definitely cautious of our presence. At nearly every aid station we have someone approach us and ask what we’re doing there. We usually explain ourselves and it’s cool. This is the first spot where we’ve been forced to leave.

From now on we’re going to start finishing an hour before sunset to make sure we have a safe place to park for the night. This could mean earlier starts if we want to cover the same mileage.

Today we’ll take a shorter day since we have a mail drop on the 7th and our current mileage puts us way ahead of it. I’m getting my book proof delivered on the 7th—the final approval I need to give before selling hard copies of Daughters of Distance. We’ll use the time to catch up on some wifi chores for Pat (audio books, anyone?) and hit up a post office.

It’s looking like we’ll take a rest day in Nashville to meet up with some of Pat’s old school friends. Any recommendations for must-sees in Nashville?

Thanks as always for reading and following! Shout out to our better half, our buddy Jup! His updates below.

Originally posted on Jup's Blog:

I had a wicked time in Memphis and it was great to visit and learn so much in 2 days but it is time to move forward toward Nashville the next big point on this amazing journey. It was a long way out the east side of Memphis and the road changed so much , so really nice parts of town and some not so nice.

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Got to meet some awesome people this morning which I loved. The first 2 guys just couldn’t believe what me and Pat are doing and kept asking where I had got rides from along the way , haha. The second photo is of Starsky, awesome guy . He had been going through a lot of shit and has just sorted himself out and was in a great happy place which was awesome to see. Keep that mind set bro and please keep in touch.

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Daughters of Distance Kindle Book Release!

Hola friends! The book I have been working on for most of the year has just been released on Kindle. I am so proud of it! The hard copy will be follow in about a week and autographed copies will be available as well.

You can buy the Kindle version here.

Follow Daughters of Distance of Facebook!

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About the book:

What does it mean to be a female in endurance sport? Hundreds of women open up about their realities as athletes, wives, girlfriends and mothers. From the intimacy of the bedroom to the community of competition, some of these stories will encourage and uplift. Others will surprise and infuriate. Welcome to the beautiful and complicated world of strong women.

Endorsements:

“Read Daughters of Distance if you’d like to learn about women’s running history, how women’s bodies and minds are made to excel in endurance sports, the still-present gender inequalities in distance running, how women juggle running and motherhood, the intertwinement of our passion for running and our relationships, and much more. With this book, Vanessa opens our eyes and hearts to women’s distance running, and starts a conversation that will evolve our sport.” – Meghan M. Hicks, Senior Editor, iRunFar.com

“Vanessa Runs threads stories of courage, determination, endurance and strength. Her writing empowers women to rise above life’s obstacles and encourages the realization that beauty remains within. May her words inspire our lives with a passionate purpose of joyful celebration.” – Maria Walton, President/Chair of Norawas de Raramuri, Co-Race Director of Ultra Marathon Caballo Blanco

Daughters of Distance had me alternating between nodding my head and dropping my jaw. It’s a must-read for male and female athletes alike.” – Michael Kurup, Certified Personal Trainer

This book is about YOU. Thank you for sharing your stories.

If you like Daughters of Distance, check out my first book as well: The Summit Seeker.

Enjoy!

Day 71- Greenville to Leland to Cleveland up Highway 61 Mississippi Blues trail

Day 71- Greenville to Leland to Cleveland up Highway 61 Mississippi Blues trail

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Goodbye Mississippi! We ran through this fine state in only four days. See you later today, Memphis!

We had a late night rocking out with musician Preston Shannon and the mayor of Clarksdale (part owner of Ground Zero) in Clarksdale. We got Pat’s photo with both of them and the mayor promised to make a donation to The 100 Mile Club.

The crew logistics for us have shifted significantly now that our Juppy is missing. For one, it’s easy to throw Pat into the RV overnight if we don’t have lodging lined up. We are already a day ahead of schedule with Pat’s 35-40 mile days and I’ve made a new schedule through Tennessee.

I’m behind on my videos because we’re waiting to retrieve some footage from Jup’s GoPro. Sad to see that GoPro go and we miss Jup as well. If anyone has a GoPro they’re not using and can lend us for a couple more months, I’d love to use it to continue to document this journey.

Pat hit a rough patch yesterday when he ran into a hailstorm (no hail where we were at the aid station). His phone was charging in the RV so we had no idea until he got to us. He was cold, but not badly damaged.

Our brother Jup is getting along well! Be sure to check out his blog below if you haven’t already.

At the moment, Pat is needed lodging in:

1-Apr Linden, TN
2-Apr Wrigley, TN
3-Apr Nashville, TN
4-Apr Nashville, TN
8-Apr Wartburg, TN
9-Apr Knoxville, TN
10-Apr Knoxville, TN
11-Apr Morristown, TN
12-Apr Surgoinsville, TN
13-Apr Bristol, TN

Can you join us for a few miles?

Originally posted on Jup's Blog:

Well I got it all packed up and ready to go by 7.30am and off I went back into the buggy pushing world. I was sure it would take it out of me today after not pushing for ages and being looked after so well by Shacky and Vanessa. The sun was out and I was happy to be back out there moving forward.

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I was heading towards Cleveland today which I wasn’t sure if I would make it and came up just a few miles short after getting 32 miles in for the day. I spent so much time chilling and enjoying the Museum in Leland.

As I came into Leland I noticed a girl getting out of a car in front of me and smiling and I thought straight away that it might have been someone Pat had chatted too. Not to be it was Tawana Andrew and…

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Day 40 – Radio interviews, suns back out, nice sunset

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With crewing it’s easy to fall into the fluster and rush of things and ultimately miss the entire journey. Every morning I wake up with the conviction that I can’t let that happen.

As crew, we see the country in a different way than the runners even though we are moving in the same spaces. The runners on the road get the handshakes, the interviews, and the best and worst of Mother Nature.

We do a lot of back and forth driving into and out of cities. We see the small, local businesses. We pick up the vibe of every small town. We meet the grocery cashier workers, the gas station attendants, the people who sell propane. We speak to them about their struggles and challenges as well as what they love about their cities. They are our main resources, giving us tips and contacts.

In New Mexico we have seen the worst of the poorest parts of the country. We have walked the dog among heaps of garbage and we have woken up to prostitutes fighting outside the RV. These are not towns that get tourists or visitors.

I grew up in government housing so places like these are familiar. I have been struck deeply by how fortunate I am to have escaped the dead end life I was headed for and how the children here might also have great potential but little opportunity.

When you’re a child living in a town like this and an outsider comes to your school to speak, that’s a big deal. That never happens. You listen to them closely and you believe everything they say. If they say you can do better, if they say you can achieve your dreams, for many that’s the first time anyone has ever told them that.

In my childhood, two people outside of my impoverished community told me I could make something of myself. One of them was a teacher, and I believed her.

I am not the one running or speaking at schools, but we touch different people as crew. In Magdalena, New Mexico, while the guys were out running, a little girl named Vanessa interrupted my work. I ended up speaking to her for hours about her dream of building machines and making a robotic dog. She lived with her grandmother who didn’t even know what wifi was and she didn’t get any computer time at school, but she left understanding that she could become an engineer.

Never doubt for one second that you are making a difference.

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Originally posted on Jup's Blog:

Yesterday we meet the team from Majestic Radio and we were invited to have a chat at 7am this morning. It was awesome to be able to go Live and chat to the people of Roswell and everyone who tunes in to their stations. We got to chat on 4 different stations at prime time 7-8am. Thankyou so so much to all the Dj’s and staff for making us feel super welcome and getting the word out of our adventure.

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Then we got out to the start to run at 9.15am and just when the sun was coming out, Roxanne was with us again for her second day on the road. Now todays run was 35.4 miles long and man was it straight , I mean in that 56kms we only slightly turned a corner no more than 4 times. You could see so far ahead I thought we saw…

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Day 31 – The slowest feeling day ever for me but still made it with a smile.

Day 31 – The slowest feeling day ever for me but still made it with a smile.

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For one month now I have been struggling with how to write about the larger-than-life experience of crewing for this running adventure across the USA for the 100 Mile Club. Everything in our daily routine has changed, and I have changed too.

I have been gathering notes and over the past few weeks and I already have enough material about this journey to write another book. In the meantime, Jup Brown has been faithfully blogging about every single day on the road and I am honored to put his words here on my page too.

The word I keep coming back to on this journey is COMMUNITY. Of all the amazing things we can and have accomplished physically, we do nothing on our own. We need each other.

Come along with us:

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Originally posted on Jup's Blog:

Hi everyone, Hope all is great with you. Today was pretty hard for me, I had no energy at all for the first 34kms. Not sure why but was super low in energy even though body was moving good. These days pop up from time to time and I’m lucky on this run as I have Pat right beside me, He sings songs and chats away to me with some crazy stories and makes me laugh all the time. Then our crew is there at our breaks with smiles a million so no way I can be tired.       It was a magic place to start from today from the huge discs in the back ground. Quick bit of one legged yoga for me and pat and off we went.

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It was sunny start with a tail wind which was nice and after that we were pretty much…

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Your Ultra Adventure with Grand Circle Trail Series

Your Ultra Adventure with Grand Circle Trail Series

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I am honored to have been chose as an Ultra Adventures Ambassador. Below is more info about a tremendous race series I am proud to support. In one of my favorite parts of the country, these races are doing new and groundbreaking things:

  • The Zero Waste policy ensures absolute minimum affect on the environment.
  • The Trifectas associated with each race are a great way to get entry discounts doing the things we already do: running trails.
  • The race series slams are also a perfect way for someone to build up to their first 100-miler.

These races are tough through beautiful terrain. Just what ultrarunning should be. Enjoy!

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Originally posted on ExploringEndurance:

Ultra Adventures offers environmentally sustainable, destination trail races in unforgettable locations. Their current focus is in one of the most stunning regions of the planet, the Grand Circle. Each of their races in The Grand Circle Trail Series is completely unique from the others due to the amazing geological diversity in the region. This area has the highest concentration of national parks in the country as well as tribal parks, national monuments, and wilderness areas that are every bit as amazing. Take a look below at their series video which highlights all of their amazing races. Warning: watching this video may cause you to instantly sign up for one of their races. If that’s the case, visit their site by clicking here.

I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of Ultra Adventures Ambassadors for 2015 and am excited to run the beautiful and scenic trails/courses that they offer…

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Endurance Running: The New Counseling for Couples?

Picture+2By Curt Davies

There comes a time when couples will experience tension in their relationship. For some, relationship counseling may be beneficial; for others, not so much. Fortunately, there is still hope for any relationship encountering friction. Here’s how running an endurance race with your partner can be an effective, natural way to build a strong and lasting relationship.

  1. You’re in it together.

When you run and train for a marathon or ultramarathon with your partner, there is no “I” in the process. You go through the same routine and can empathize with each other. Endurance racing is exhausting, but the training is even more so. Your body will ache. Your head will hurt. It will be tough, particularly in the beginning, but think of it as a reflection of your relationship. As you journey more together, it becomes easier, and you know you’re not alone.

  1. You bond over the struggle.

Running and training together allows each partner in the relationship to understand one another. There is no need to justify a purchase on a pair of running shoes and there are no reasons to feel alienated after a long, sweaty training session.

  1. You have a healthy anger outlet.

Say you’ve had a rough day: your boss is angry with you and your friends are all busy. What do you do? You might go online to escape or you might take it out on your partner. Running is a healthy outlet for stress and anger. You may even find yourself becoming a more positive person in general—with your partner by your side throughout the process.

  1. You build new memories.

Once you’ve completed the training, it’s time to race. Your whole journey has led to this moment. It’s something you will never forget. When you’re running with your partner from the start to finish, you can say you did it together. When you do something you love with the love of your life, the experience is incredible.

  1. You share travelling experiences.

Racing can become a long-term routine. Races are distributed all over the world, which can open up travelling opportunities. Whether it is in America, Australia, or any other location, there are bound to be endurance events available for you to run. Grab this opportunity with two hands, catch a flight and get running! Take some pictures and write about the journey. You’ll look back on these moments for the rest of your life, and be glad you did it.

Curt Davies is a marathon enthusiast at marathondriven.com. His site is stacked with information and other goodies regarding marathon running and training. For more, visit marathondriven.com.

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