Support Crew and Mind vs Body
- day 16
Running for 6 to 8 hours a day gives one a lot of time to think……think about people who you are running for today, people in your life you know are suffering, or people in your life who have suffered. Our mission is to raise money for those less fortunate than us, young adults affected by cancer. The first topic I want to write about is our support crew we have on this journey. There wasn’t a whole lot of planning put forth in the need for a support crew. Good luck and happenstance plopped 3 VIP’s in our lap to take care of all of our needs. I think we figured we would just take turns driving the RV’s, running to the grocery stores and doing laundry during our 8 hour rest breaks. We would just figure it out. As it turns out, if we had to do that, we would have lost valuable running time and we would be so exhausted, the job wouldn’t have gotten done too well. Charlie Sr and Debbie Patten had planned to come to take part in this but it was unsure if they would come due to some work that needed to be done back at home at the warehouse to get ready for race season. They have been invaluable to us doing countless jobs, cooking, cleaning, laundry, driving, and some “other” unfriendly RV necessary tasks. We all call them our second parents……you are family…..THANK YOU for everything you do!! Last but not least is our 3rd support crew, Chris Jarc. Chris had planned to run with us but do to falling out of a tree in Costa Rica (long story), he busted up his foot and hasn’t been able to run. Chris has taken on the role of chauffeur, comedic entertainment, motivation, Sr.’s assistant, and overall support stud. This guy has so many stories that will keep you laughing for days on end. Chris, you da man! Thanks Brother!!
The other topic I want to talk about is mental versus physical or mind vs. body. I think we all came into this wondering how our bodies would handle all this mileage we never asked it to do before in one period. We’ve all been hit with exhaustion, lack of sleep, injuries, highs and lows. We tend to put limiters on our bodies with our minds, whether it be weekly mileage, daily mileage, or a niggle here or there. We tell ourselves we can’t when we can. We have all gone above and beyond what we thought was ever possible with our bodies. Our bodies are capable of so much more than we think is possible. Don’t allow your mind to put a limiter on your body. Anything is possible!!! The finish line is so close. We have a purpose and its to get to the finish line…..less than a week to go!