Sam's Blog
Read as Sam shares his feelings and experiences while completing the 50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 Days!
Heat wave!
After sleeping hard last night, we didn't exactly blaze out to an early start this morning. Shooting for a 7am start, I finally started a little after 7:30, at which point it was already feeling mighty warm. Today's course was in Middletown, RI and consisted of 3 loops. They were all the same, except that the first loop had a short out and back addition that took you out right by the beach and the seashore, which was incredible. The smell of the saltwater and the cool ocean breeze felt awesome. After that little out and back though, I was just thankful for any shady spots I ran through. The temperature climbed quickly and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. The course was definitely beautiful, but was wishing I'd started a couple hours earlier by the end. A news crew and newspaper followed me for basically the whole last loop, and then I finished up with a couple laps around the high school track where I started. The news folks were really friendly and supportive, and then we were back to the hotel for the usual routine followed by a great lunch at a deli. We set out to take the scenic route from RI to Connecticut, as it was such a short drive, but managed to get a little lost, went up to the interstate, and still made it here nice and early. We'll relax this evening and stay cool to recover from the heat today. We'll be starting at 6am tomorrow and loving it. Happy trails!
2006-08-04 00:32:50 GMT
Comments (5 total)
Could tell from the start of your entry today that heat was a big factor....hopefully you have rehydrated and are ready for an earlier start tomorrow...beastly weather....sorry you did not get to see all the lovely homes on your run in Newport....know they do some great 10K there...Mr. Fish used to do summer duty in Newport and we stayed there several times....the next few days, with the exception of bad traffic, the distances aren't safe footing and cool breezes and more cloud cover....Love to all.....Aunt Lea.
2006-08-04 02:42:26 GMT
Thanks Sam! Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. You and your team are in my thoughts and prayers. Martha in Seattle
2006-08-04 05:34:10 GMT
There was an article about you in the Memphis Commercial Appeal today. Incredible! I'm a Rhodes alum and would love to support you or run a bit with you in Memphis in a few weeks. Keep up the good work.
2006-08-04 14:21:27 GMT
Hey, Sam! Keep on truckin! Here's some food for the soul. 1 Peter 5:10-11 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. Will be seeing Eric and Kathy in Seattle on Tuesday.

Mary Hill

--Mary from Madison, WI
2006-08-04 15:14:41 GMT
Sam! Rock on! I'm one of the OEST folks who ran and biked with you in Portland! I hope you are still running strong. You are an inspiration to all of us here at OEST. It was truly my pleasure to meet you and I hope to run with you again some day.

Calen Colby
--Calen B. Colby, P.E.
2006-08-08 03:09:49 GMT