Jim teases me about my "fan mail" but I keep reminding him that most of the
terrific letters we receive are addressed to both of us.
After all, most folks who are reading this journal know that I couldn't
possibly fulfill my dream of running the Appalachian Trail without his
assistance - and sacrifices.
This trek has been harder for him in many ways than for me. After all, it's
my dream, not his. But he knows how important it is for me to accomplish this
goal and he's doing his best to help me reach it. That's a lot of what a
marriage or partnership is about, after all.
I'm just totally thrilled with the number of folks from around the world
who've written to us to express their support and who are enjoying our adventure
vicariously. Your letters are great!
Several people have expressed the same sentiment as the lady I quoted above -
they had a hard time stopping once they began reading the journal. What a
wonderful compliment; thank you!
Sorry for the sleepless nights and un-done housework. Hey, I've heard the
quote, "You can sleep when you're dead," and you know the housework is always
going to be there . . . so if something really grabs your interest, do
I've gotten mesmerized before, too, by something I'm reading and can't put
down so I know what you mean. I just never dreamed that an adventure of my own
would fall into that category. All of this is new to me: an exciting
trek, writing a journal about it, putting it on-line for the world to see, and
getting feedback from four continents. Wow!
This is mind-boggling to me, a woman who had to be dragged kicking and
screaming into the world of computers in the late 1980s at work. I resisted
getting a computer at home until 1996. Now I don't know how I'd live without
one! Same thing with the microwave oven and cell phones. I'm not exactly an
"early adopter" of new technology and I'd be lost without Jim's technological
expertise. I write the journal but he makes it look good on the screen.
Although I have a lot of internal motivation to complete this run your
comments and encouragement make it even more important to me to finish. I've
already mentioned that many people have said my journey run is an inspiration to
them to follow their own goals and dreams. That is so great! Letters like that
just make my day.
So keep the letters coming and I'll try to be discreet if I quote you. I
don't want to embarrass anyone.
Ahhh . . . I was able to get in to see my new massage therapist, Lisa Wade,
this morning. Bless her! This is just my second time seeing her. Although she
does deep work I felt better when I left her office after 90 minutes under her
I mentioned yesterday the problems I've had sleeping the last few nights, the
increased knee pain the last several runs, and some new muscle cramping.
Although I slept well last night in our bed at home my legs and hips felt
absolutely awful this morning when I got up, especially at the insertion points
in my hips. I could barely walk!
Lisa got the kinks out, although I'm still stiff if I sit too long. I
look like a cripple when I first get up!
And my chiropractor, Dr. Brian Slakman, bless his heart, also had time to
work me in this morning right after the massage. My right hip (the one that
hurt the most) was badly out of alignment. He fixed that and the other places
(spine, ankles) that needed adjusting. He also recommended an electrical
stimulation on my lower back; it felt great. Dr. Slackman is very enthusiastic
about my adventure run and wants me to do well. I appreciate his support and
confidence in me.
So I feel kinda like a new woman now after all this therapy and two days of
rest! I think maybe with a warm, soaking bath before bed I'll sleep like a baby
tonight and be good to go again on the Trail on Thursday.
NEVER TOO OLD FOR HOMEWORK
There's always a lot to be done when we come home for a couple days:
getting the last few weeks of mail and sorting through it; doing laundry (six or
seven loads this time); washing the truck, camper, and dogs;
cleaning the house; taking care of the
yard and gardens; gathering up items to take back with us; shopping,
renewing prescriptions, and running various errands; planning ahead on the trip (running segments,
campgrounds); catching up on e-mail and correspondence; journal
I don't usually rest much on rest days, if you're visualizing me
sitting in my recliner with my feet up! But at least my body isn't getting
beaten up on the rocks for three days.
My shoes and orthotics are also getting beaten up by the rocks. I tossed out
one pair of Montrail Hardrocks after only 400 miles because the soles were
showing considerable wear. I'm certain the midsole was wearing out, too. Other
pairs have lasted 500-600 miles on softer terrain. I expect to go through four
to five pairs of Hardrocks and one or two pairs of Vitesse on this run, plus the
Not sure what to do about the orthotics. They're falling apart and are beyond
refurbishing again. They are out of warranty now and may not be best for my
"current feet" anyway. I got them after ankle surgery over three years ago. I
got fitted for new ones this past winter but didn't want to pay $400 for them
when my insurance carrier said it wouldn't cover them. I talked with my chiropractor
today about some less expensive ones he uses. He recommended I continue using
the ones I have until the AT run is over, unless they cause me problems.
Meanwhile Jim had a good run on familiar trails at Explore Park this
morning, then got new tires on the truck so the rest of our trip will be safer.
He's stayed busy all day doing various chores and getting ready for a five-hour
run tomorrow before we head back to Pennsylvania in the afternoon.
I've enjoyed my days off but you know what? I am anxious to get back out on
the Trail. Every day there is a gift. What a national treasure we have!