After a great Father's Day weekend with Daniel King and Jeff King, I was more than ready to get back on the road. The four days off gave me plenty of time to prepare to finish this journey by myself but more importantly, it gave me time to reflect on why I'm even doing this. This was challenging enough with help and even more so solo, so why keep going. If it was just about me, maybe I would have considered going home but I'm trying to do something for a cause that's much larger than myself. When I lost my mother and then my best friend to suicide it left a hole inside of me that even if I ran around the world 10 times I could never fill it. However, running across the country has been the ultimate coping mechanism to deal with those losses. It's also an amazing opportunity to spread awareness about suicide prevention from coast to coast. Too many suffer from so many forms of mental illness and more needs to be done so they can get the help they need. Being an advocate is still very new to me and I don't always have the words so I'm trying to live my life during this run in a way that shows you can get through anything. I didn't want any of these things to happen. I didn't want to lose my mother and friend and I certainly didn't want to be out here by myself, these situations were thrust upon me. It all feels unfair but it's not my place to decide what's fair or not in this world. My only goal and thought is to finish this cross country run one way or another to honor my mother and to bring awareness to the epidemic that is suicide. Since I don't have a driver, today I ran 13.7 miles from the RV then turned around and ran 13.7 miles back. So 27.4 miles total but only half of that was progress towards my goal. This won't be my plan for the rest of the trip but it is for now. Talk about being too stupid and stubborn to quit. I know one way or another there will be some help along the way with getting some rides and maybe a replacement driver so I'll continue on until that happens or even if it doesn't Again, not fair but for now I have to literally work twice as hard. I'm excited to see how this turns out and I'm ready to embrace these new challenges.
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Well the first days are the hardest days, don't you worry anymore