Sam's Blog
Read as Sam shares his feelings and experiences while completing the 50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 Days!
Today was an incredible run! After a great sleep last night, we were up early as usual and made it down to the start for 6am and there was a HUGE crowd there ready to run! There was a group from the Birmingham Track Club, lots of great friends from college, and to seal the deal the group from Vicskburg that really got me started on marathoning- the Wolf Pack. It was an incredibly fun run, with probably 15 or 20 people running with me off and on the entire time and more people jumping in here and there as we went. The weather was amazing- it stayed overcast all morning and never really got too hot, and the whole 26.2 really were downright fun. We were all exchanging stories and catching up, and had between 3-5 vehicles surrounding and guiding us so it felt like a parade. The Wolf Pack's sag wagon was blaring music most of the way too! My friend Michael ran the longest he's ever run today- a solid 18 miles, and Kirsten also ran her farthest ever- about 20 miles! The Arciniegas brothers made a very strong showing as well and ran strong! I just can't get over how many people turned out to run today and how far so many people travelled to get there- what a wonderful feeling to have the support of such a wonderful bunch of folks! We finished up strong and after a good bit of picture taking for the albums, we were back for the normal routine and a great lunch back at the Phillips' house, then we were on the road again. We made it into Memphis this evening and were off to my Alma Mater Rhodes College for a small gathering they were having there to help raise awareness/funds for the coast through what I am doing. It was great to meet some new folks, and fantastic to reconnect with friends from school. Memphis Track Club and Fleet Feet are both on board to lead us through the course tomorrow morning and keep me on track, which will be phenomenal. I've run this marathon several times before, but any and all help is much appreciated. Can't wait to run with more friends tomorrow and excited to see who else might turn out for the 6am start! Thank you all!
2006-08-14 02:00:48 GMT
Comments (4 total)
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1

You are living this passage my friend. Many many people are very proud of you right now. You are on the home stretch. More later Sam....stay focused and take the rest of the week one day at a time. You are blessed.

--Eustis C.
2006-08-14 03:37:06 GMT
I'm no runner, but this day sounded like a blast to me! God is bringing such fun surprises for the last 'leg' of your journey... fantastic!
Tomorrow you'll run in my mama's hometown. I will think especially of you. Run with southern charm, ask Kath what that should look like!
I'm proud of you, kiddo.
2006-08-14 05:24:53 GMT
May your Memphis run go wonderfully well always ....prayers and blessings for your entire crew...especially as it swells as you reach the finish line......Aunt Lea
2006-08-14 13:15:51 GMT
It was a pleasure for our Team to run with you in Birmingham Sunday. While most of us only had a short run in us Sunday, our Ultramarathon representative, Prince Whatley, was able to go the distance. He was impressed with your freshness and enjoyed the conversation.

Glad to have you travel through Birmingham and raise awareness for your cause.

Zoom Zoom,


--Chad Hathorne- EAE
2006-08-16 16:36:51 GMT