Here we go. All of the effort, all of the planning, all of hopes. Now here we are… 3 days and 12 hours until the adventure starts. Just 3 things left to do. #1 Get the donations going by going here and donating directly to United Cerebral Palsy. If everyone will take 5 minutes and send just $10-$25 dollars it would make such a huge difference! #2 Hit the share button while you are there on the donation page and #3 starting Lilyan’s Run on Wednesday…
The start for Lilyan’s Run is quickly approaching and several have asked how they can help or asked for a schedule. I’m so glad you asked, here we go!!
A wise person once told me that you should never turn down help and I surely need all of the help I can get. The first thing kind of help that’s needed is donations. The Crowdrise page is up and ready at UCP. I am committed to this run, regardless of how much money is raised but it would be really great if everyone could donate and share the page with friends and family.
Several have asked about being section runners or support team. It is a long way and I welcome anyone to join me in whatever capacity they are able. The only thing I remind you of is that I will be going all 104.8 miles. No one would ever accuse me of being a fast runner, even while going on relatively short runs like a 5 or 10 K. This will be a very slow pace, the hills will be walked and there will be stops. So if you take off at an eight minute pace then we will see you later, if you think you are going slow then you still might be a tad too fast! Support team, it will take at least 1 and hopefully two vehicles once I hit the open road leaving Kingsport. There will have to be a vehicle out in front, probably moving a couple of miles at a time. This vehicle will have signage on it and alert on coming traffic of run(s) on the road. It will also have fluid, food and first aid supplies and could be a way for any section runners to switch in and out. If there is a second vehicle it would trail behind in case of issues and again could carry persons and supplies. Please contact me if you are interested in helping.
The RUN will start on November 1st at approximately 9:30 AM at Hobby Lobby in Kingsport, TN and end at Tyson Park in Knoxville, TN.
From the start it will wrap around the shopping center to the Kingsport Greenbelt. We will follow the Greenbelt to downtown, leave it to swing by Sullivan County EMS Station 4 for a scheduled stop and then onto Kingsport Fire Station 1 before returning to the Greenbelt and following it to it’s end on Netherland Inn Road. From there it’s onto US Highway 11-W straight through to Knoxville. Once in downtown it will be onto the interconnecting Greenways to the end. 104.8 miles of fun!!!
Everyone, we have decided to add one final training event before Lilyan’s Run. The Endless Mile in Alabama will offer one last chance to put all the lessons learned into practice just two weeks before the start of the big event.
I thought of Lilyan’s Run as a way to try and show how much this young lady inspires me and to try and give something back. Prior to coming up with this crazy plan my longest runs ever in events or training were 26.5 miles, 16 miles and a handful of 13.1 mile half marathons. Once I hit publish on that first blog I knew I had committed myself to having to push harder than I ever thought possible. That is exactly what Lilyan does every day, push and show everyone that she can achieve more than they ever dreamed she could.
The first phase was the Run Under The Stars which ended up being a wash out with severe storms cutting it short. Still, there were a few things learned going forward. Next was Merrill’s Mile, again the weather almost stopped it and lack of sleep was an issue but in the end I was able to stumble my way to my first true ultramarathon. Next I decided to step up the fun and try the 12 pack challenge at the Holston River Endurance Challenge. The first night saw the second ultra in the books, the second resulted in near disaster and sent us looking for solutions. Then there was the Race For The Ages. 100 K fell by the wayside as I more than doubled my previous best and got sage words of advise from some of the most seasoned runners in the world.
All of which brings us to now. In mid October in Alabama we will be trying one last trial and going for 100 miles. Then, less than two weeks later, it will be show time. Throughout the summer I have logged over 500 miles of motion, training for this and October promises to add another 150 plus miles to that tally. All of the training, planning and anticipation will come to an end at 9:30 AM on November 1st.