I was in a much better mood today – in part because I’d pulled myself together and was helped by lots of messages etc from friends and readers – thank you! I must keep remembering that I am missing a terrible British Summer (so a normal British Summer then!), could be in a packed, stressed London ahead of the Olympics and I have lots of people cheering me on, many of whom are pretty amazing themselves! Plus it would be awful to go home and have to tell people that I didn’t finish not because of injury or illness but because I couldn’t be bothered! So I’m plodding on – as much as I love work (and I really do) I’ll not be back before the end of August if I can help it!
Today was hot, no surprise there, but a little breeze kept it bearable – yes I now think running in 90 degrees is fine! Much of the day was on very quiet gravel roads so only a little dust kicked up when we went through tiny towns. I’m pretty convinced some towns in Iowa have more churches than people. I was just over 10 hours, not quick but felt pretty good and was undulating. Only annoyance was a couple of dog incidents – I think in most cases they’re just very excited to see people running past! One very friendly golden retriever ran with us for a mile or so, thinking it was a game, then Pat and Carl took it into the roadrunner and drove it back home!
I haven’t really talked about times very much, as frankly it’s all about getting to Delaware in one piece, but Mike does record our times everyday and our cumulative totals are:
After 50 stages and 2008 miles:
Jennifer Bradley 448:31:23
Mike Samuelson 451:14:01
No wonder we’re both pretty exhausted!
Tonight we did laundry,the glamour. Steph and I watching the dryers go round whilst eating take out from a diner. I had a massive veggie omelette which I’d been craving all day – and it really hit the spot.