Just a couple of quick notes about the last half of Lilyan’s Run. As promised, I will detail more in the next couple of days.
The donations keep coming in! At last check we had raised over $1,400 for United Cerebral Palsy. Thank you all so much. Yes, the donation page will stay open for a while so it’s not to late to drop in a few dollars.
The response thanks to the media coverage continues to amaze. When Ladonna told me that EMS1 had picked up the story, it’s very humbling to know. Friday evening after having gone twenty some miles I passed a man walking who told me he had read about it and not to stop. I’m pretty sure that law enforcement and EMS along the way were aware as they all waved, flashed their lights or bumped their sirens as they passed.
Thank you all for the kind words. Just knowing that you were with me in spirit… I can not tell you how much that helped.
Grainger County meant a decided change in the hills. They smoothed out and became long, gradual climbs. Unfortunately the 4 lane highway with it’s wide shoulder disappeared and was replaced by a very narrow and very angled (cambered) shoulder. My ankles and knees took a beating because of the difficult angle. At a couple of bridges there was no room whatsoever besides on the roadway. Still, the driver’s were mainly very courteous and I was really ready to find some flatter land.
Knox County. Three great things came with Knox. While there were some larger hills there was once again a nice, wide shoulder. Daniel had come out to end Friday with me and joined me on and off for the last day. Just having him there was such a boost. The last thing was the end which meant a beautiful downhill through the Sequoyah Hills Greenway to the finish.
My support crew AKA my dad and my wonderful wife. They mirrored me the whole time I was on 11-W, moving ahead 2-3 miles at a time. They warned others I was ahead, had food and drinks at the ready and attended to everything I needed. Without them this would have never happened.
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.
Please, if you have not already done so, visit the Lilyan’s Run Donation Page at United Cerebral Palsy and donate. Together we can make a difference.
Another month has started and we move another step closer to the big day for Lilyan’s Run. July this year meant traveling South to the Georgia hill country and visiting US Army Ranger Camp Frank D. Merrill. Merrill’s Mile was advertised as a flat, smooth 1 mile track nestled in the woods. Oh what lesson’s we learned! Continue reading Lilyan’s Run – Phase II Merrill’s Mile
Everyone, I have been working on something audaciously bold. Something that for me at least is well beyond anything that I have ever tried before and maybe more than I ever will again. I have mentioned it to a few of you but until now I didn’t want to post it because I wasn’t sure that it would actually happen. Well that and after I hit the publish button there will be no turning back. Continue reading Dream Big or Go Home – Lilyan’s Run