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A Day in the Life of a Transcontinental Runner

What an ideal day would look like:

5:30 — wake up
6-11 — run 20 miles
11-12 — rest
12-4 — run 13-15 miles
4-5 — rest
5-7 — run 7-12 miles
7-9 — find a place to sleep, eat
9 — lights out

What typically happens:

4:30-5 — parents wake up and I cry myself back to sleep knowing that it’s almost time to wake up
5:15 — one or both parents tell me to get up
5:30-5:45 –one or both parents tel me to get up. I (usually) comply this time
6:00 — finish putting on tape, Ace bandages, band-aids, socks, shoes. Begin driving to starting point
6:15-6:45 — Pray over the mile intentions for the morning if there are any. Begin running. Every 2-3 miles eat a burger, granola bar, or half bagel
8:05 — Ask for a slushie
9:20 — sit for a 5-minute break. Complain that I don’t have a slushie
9:40 — finish the 5-minute break
11-11:30 — finish 19-22 miles
11:30 — fall asleep laying on the bed in the camper with a plate of food on my chest
12:00 — wake up and finish eating/icing
12:30 — Pray over the mile intentions for the afternoon if there are any; begin running, every 2-3 miles eat a burger, granola bar, or half bagel
2:15 — sit for a 5-minute break. If we passed a gas station, there is a 50% chance that I now have a slushie
2:30 — finish the 5-minute break
2:30-4 — finish 13-15 miles. Sometimes friendly people call to take my mind off of things while I run. I apologize to the friendly people for poor reception/heavy traffic
4-5 — Combination of eating and sleeping
5-7 — Pray over the mile intentions for the evening, if there are any; run 7-10 miles. Sometimes friendly people call to take my mind off of things while I run. I apologize to the friendly people for poor reception/heavy traffic
7 — Drive to our sleeping quarters (usually a church parking lot)
7:45 — Mom hands me dinner. I decide to shower instead of eating
8:00 — Eat dinner while icing. Text Zachary the daily Facebook update
9:00 — Check emails. Cry about how behind I am
9:45 — Decide to put off writing a blog post until tomorrow
10:00 — Go to sleep
10:30-11 — Fall asleep
1:00 — wake up with sore hips and change positions to ease the pain
3:30 — wake up again, change positions, cry that there is only an hour until my parents wake up

What goes on in my head:

4:30 — One more hour
5:00 — One more hour
5:15 — Maybe I’m looking at my watch wrong. Maybe it’s only 3:15 and I have two hours left to sleep
5:20 — I should get up
5:25 — I should get up
5:45 — Let’s see how painful it is putting on shoes today. Oh, not bad. Not bad at all
6:00 — I don’t want to eat breakfast in the car. I just want to sleep until we get to our starting point
6:15 — It’s not about me. It’s about the intentions.
6:30 — Okay. Stop Walking. Start running. I can run! It’s a miracle. Well, I don’t know if the person in that car that just passed would call this running, but that’s fine
6:35 — Start a rosary. Dedicate it to the world and for the mile intentions of the day. Yay, the Joyful Mysteries
6:40 — Hail Mary…
7:00 – Only 2 miles?! I need to say a slower rosary…Or run faster…Or both
7:10 — No Mom, I don’t want a hamburger and egg wrapped in a tortilla shell
7:15 — I’ve eaten enough of this hamburger. The rest is going to the birds
7:45 — What if humans didn’t have to eat? This run would be a piece of cake
8-9 — Think about various things such as school, the mile intentions, how small we are as humans, what my routine will looke next year (especially what food I’m going to cook myself), what Coney Island looks like, and how badly I am getting sunburned
9:10 — the morning is the hardest. How am I going to make it 40 miles?
9:15 — You don’t have to make it 40 miles. You just have to make it one mile. If you can’t make it one mile, just make it ten more steps. Then those ten steps will turn into ten more, and then you’ll have gone a mile, and then another mile, and then 40 miles
9:16 — Thanks for trying to make me feel better, Kyle
10:00 — Start a rosary. Dedicate it to the world and for the mile intentions of the day. The Luminous Mysteries. My least favorite.
10:05 — Hail Mary…
11:15 — No, Mom. I don’t care what you give me to eat. Sure, that’s fine. Whatever. I’m fine. No I’m not sore, Dad. Not at all. Of course I’m sore. I’m running 40 miles a day. But I’m fine. Please go away.
11:20 — I should be nicer to my parents. Tomorrow I’ll do better.
12:15 — Let’s see how painful it is putting on this pair of shoes.
12:45 — Not another bagel. I hate food
1:00 — Start a rosary. Dedicate it to the world and for the mile intentions of the day. Yes, the Sorrowful Mysteries. I know this will be a good couple of miles. It’s easy to reflect upon the Sorrowful Mysteries while running
1:05 — Hail Mary…
1:38 —
1:45 —
1:57 —
2:10 — Wow, I just ran three miles without thinking about or feeling anything. That was great
2:13 — Wow, I just ran a quarter of a mile. That was hard
2:30 — Okay, done with my break. The rest of the day should be easy. I can see Mom and Dad driving away. Bye.
2:34 — Okay, I can see Mom and Dad pulling over in the distance. It’s going to take me 35 minutes to catch up to them. That’s how long and straight this road is. At least it means I’m heading due East.
3-4 — Think about life, vocation, the mile intentions, sleeping, slushies
5:00 — Okay, the hard part is over for the day. Just another rosary and then 4-5 more miles. Okay the Glorious Mysteries.
5:05 — Hail Mary…
5:20 — The first Sorrowful Mystery. The first Sorrowful Mystery. The first Sorrowful Mystery. The first Sorrowful Mystery. Well, that’s not right. I’m on the fourth Glorious Mystery. Wow, I can’t focus.
6:00 — I’m going to get to bed early tonight. 8:20 at the latest
6:30 — Almost done. Sprint to the finish. Sprint!
6:31 — Okay, don’t sprint. Instead, think about what it would be like to win gold in the 800m run in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
7:00 — Thank you, Mom and Dad, for finding a place to stay for the night before I finished running
7:15 — Time to stretch. Okay, I can’t stretch. I’m done stretching
7:30 — Yes, Dad, I will soak my feet in an ice bath. As long as the water isn’t too cold. So no ice. And warm water please
8:20 — It’s going to take me forever to eat this. I’m starving, but I’m too tired to eat. Mom, stop laughing at how hard it is for me to eat this
9:00 — Okay, I’ll catch up on emails later. Yes, Dad, Icy Hot would be great right now
9:30 — Hial Mary…
Whenever I wake up in the middle of the night: If we’re not in New York by tomorrow, I’m quitting.

 

2 comments

  1. Larry Horton says:

    Well, if you do everything above day by da, i really really adore you! any way, thanks for share!!

    1. gARY sTRUB says:

      Kyle I see you finisHed YOUR RUN WHILE i WAS ON vACATION IN iOWA. gREAT JOB gARY wESTPORT wA.

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