Happy first day of spring! It was only a few months ago I was starting to plan my charity run out West … and now in only 16 days I’ll be boarding a plane to Arizona. I wanted to give a quick update with how life and my training has been preparing for my solo camping trip and run across the canyon and back on my 30th birthday on April 9th. I’m very pleased with how my running training has gone and am feeling more fit in the last weeks. Some longer 25-30 mile back-to-back long runs (consecutive day long runs) have given me confidence despite a cold, snowy, and wet February and March – images of the dusty trails and grander of the Grand Canyon corridor have been ingrained my head as I fight -20deg windchills, icy, and snow in the flat lands of Iowa. Family life and my work have been challenging through this all as our adjustment bringing our second baby boy in December and changing programs at my current job have been anything but “normal” (what is “normal” anyways?). I’m encouraged even more to recharge my batteries spiritually, mentally, and spend time with the Lord in Arizona.
I feel blessed by how many people have poured into this project with their prayer, encouragement, finances, and time. With over $1500 raised thus far, the Sports Gift charity is more than happy to partner in this journey – thank you thank you thank you!!! All information regarding the trip and ways to still support – including free music, giving, sharing, encouraging, and praying – can be found on the website under “Your Support”. I’m specifically asking for prayer requests up until I leave in two weeks … I want to commit to support in prayer my support system – anything and everything, I’ll pray for you! Lastly, stay tuned to the website for real-time updates when the trip starts. I’ll be posting a few updates / pictures during the trip and possibly location / run updates on April 9th while I’m in the Canyon … all live updates on the front page of RUN4POVERTY.com coming April 5 – 10.