Nick's Current Running Stats
|Days Running||Date||Daily Kilometres||Total Completed Kilometres|
|Day 1 Sun||14th May Week 1||64.3km||64.3km|
|Day 2 Mon||15th||41.0km||Sore quads||105.3km|
|Day 3 Tues||16th||49.5||Hill climb 900-1000m|
|Day 4 Weds||17th||54.4km||8.5 hrs running||209.2km|
|Day 5 Thurs||18th||49.6km||258.2km|
|Day 6 Fri||19th||27.2km||Half rest day||285.2km|
|Day 7 Sat||20th||55.6km||Blister on left ball and side of left foot - burst and treated||340.2km|
|Day 8 Sun||21st||48.km||No cell coverage||388.2km|
|Day 9 Mon||22nd Week 2||48.km||40 Degrees, detour 18km off Route 66||420.0km|
|Day 10 Tues||23rd||49.km||42 Degrees||485.2km|
|Day 11 Weds||24th||REST DAY||REST DAY|
|Day 12 Thurs||25th||60.5km||40 Degrees. Interstate too dangerous with trucks, walk 10km for safety||545.7km|
|Day 13 Fri||26th||58.1km||3200 ft climb||603.8km|
|Day 14 Sat||27th||50.5km||Blisters improved||659.3km|
|Day 15 Sun||28th||48.2km||No cell coverage||707.5km|
|Day 16 Mon||29th Week 3||50.1km||Numb toes, scenery has changed to more green and cattle. Lots of climbs and drops||756.6km|
|Day 17 Tues||30th||63.5km||Cooler temp today, 30 degrees and cloudy sky. Feeling tired||820.9km|
|Day 18 Weds||31st||45.0km||Hail & thunderstorm|
|Day 19 Thurs||1st June||REST DAY||REST DAY Visiting the Grand Canyon|
|Day 20 Fri||2nd June||51.7km||Elevation and avoiding large trucks today||912.5km|
|Day 21 Sat||3rd||54.7km||Feet sore, more blisters today and hands sunburnt as forgot to put cream on them - very sore||967.2km|
|Day 22 Sun||4th||39.01km||Stomach cramps and blisters, Needed a lighter day today||1006.0km|
|Day 23 Mon||5th Week 4||58.6km||Cramp in left calf, running on the shoulder of an uneven road hasn't been easy today||1064.6km|
|Day 24 Tues||6th||REST DAY||REST DAY, ate, slept, played chess||1064.6km|
|Day 25 Wed||7th||63.7km||Arizona Highway Patrol, snakes, dogs, cows, sand storm and thunder with rain on its way!||1128.3km|
|Day 26 Thurs||8th - NEW MEXICO!||53.7km||30 degrees but a nice breeze, 4km of climbing on rock and sand, hard going.||1182.0km|
|Day 27 Fri||9th||41.9km||Lighter run but tired||1223.9km|
|Day 28 Sat||10th||59.03km||Sand, rocks and thorns today - not a great day!||1282.93|
|Day 29 Sun||11th||49.3km||1332.23|
|Day 30 Mon||12th Week 5||49.1km||1387.33|
|Day 31 Tues||13th||56.3km||Really tough day, long and hard on the side of the road||1443.63|
|Day 32 Weds||14th||45.7km||A new blister||1489.33|
|Day 33 Thurs||15th||REST DAY||REST DAY Albuquerque||1489.33|
|Day 34 Fri||16th||REST DAY||REST DAY Albuquerque||1489.33|
|Day 35 Sat||17th||49.81km||1539.13|
|Day 36 Sun||18th||65.09km||Lots of variety, some road, cow fields, rock, thorn from cacti and fence line!||1604.22|
|Day 37 Mon||19th||70.41km||1674.62|
|Day 40||22nd||62.4km||41 Degrees, made it to Texas! Drank 8 Litres||1838.06|
|Day 41||23rd||58.6km||Very high wind, a lower temp||1896.66|
|Day 42||24th||45.0km||Rain, 15 degrees, sore and exhausted today||1941.66|
|Day 43||25th||58.48km||Not feeling great today||2,000.14km|
|Day 46||28th||67.0km||Jeff leaves|
|Day 47||29th||REST DAY||REST DAY - Emily returns, Kieran joins from Australia|
|Day 48||30th||55.95km||Back on the road|
|Day 53||5th||54.37km||Humidity high. Ran 6km with 3 dogs and watched as one was hit by a truck - a sad and emotional day||2,570.6|
|Day 54||6th||64.44km||Body tired and dealing with heat rash||2,635.04|
|Day 58||10th||REST DAY!!!||Infected blister||2,806.78|
|Day 60||12th||69.09km||Finding it very hard with the 76% humidity||2,940.01|
|Day 61||13th||62.14km||Difficult with hills and traffic. Body is so tired||3,002.24|
|Day 62||14th||46.99km||Steep hills, almost got hit and shaken to the core||3,049.23|
|Day 64||16th||65.81km||Hit a wall today, so exhausted and emotional. More blisters. 7 rest days, 57 running days||3,179.16km|
|Day 66||18th||49.60km||Struggling with constipation!||3,300.16|
|Day 67||19th||72.69km||It's my birthday!||3,372.85|
|Day 70||22nd||REST DAY||REST DAY|
|Day 71||23rd||REST DAY||REST DAY|
|Day 72||24th||REST DAY||10th Rest day. Waiting around to fix a blown tyre on the RV|
|Day 74||26th||62.18km||One hour time difference in moving into a new time zone. Now on New York time!|
|Day 76||28th||54.36||66 running days / 10 rest days||3,779.83|
|Day 79||31st||45.4km||A great 16km run with Rhonda, one of my running team from the UAE!||3,933.73|
|Day 80||1st||REST DAY||A great reunion with friends. Lovely to see Sydney, George and Thomas|
|Day 81||2nd||HIT AND RUN||At about the 16km mark||3,949.73km completed|
In 1980, a man named Frank Giannino, Jr., ran 3,100 miles from San Francisco to New York in 46 days, 8 hours, 36 minutes. In doing so, he set a record for the fastest run across the United States. This record stood for 36 years and was recently (October 2016) broken by Pete Kostelnick who completed the run in 42 days, 6 hours and 30 minutes. For the new record Kostelnick averaged just over 72 miles per day, covering a total of 3,067 miles.
For me, the challenge is not about beating the record (I am taking a route further south and a longer distance) but it is about inspiring others to achieve their own goals in life. Most people would consider this to be such a long distance to run but I think it is the striving for the impossible is what can inspire others. Although I see this as a unique opportunity to challenge myself, both physically and mentally, this is not my primary motive. I want to communicate to others that for an ordinary person to do something extraordinary, you must never be afraid to dream big. I want to inspire others to make a difference in the world. This is the philosophy I have shared with thousands of students I have taught since becoming a University educator in 1990.
There are many possible routes but I have considered two main options:
- 1. Follow the Interstate 80 (San Francisco – NY)
- 2. Route 66 (LA-Chicago-NY).
I have decided on the second option as I love the idea of running route 66 because its historical significance. It is however a longer route but it will be warmer. The distance is approximately 5400km and Route 66 starts in Chicago and crosses through Illinois, northeast of the United States and ends on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, California.
Decision made to run across America starting May 2017. Decision made to raise money for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust (PFT).
Background information sought on routes, climates, experiences of previous attempts to run across America.
Preparation of budget.
Training program generated for the next 24 months. Training starts (80km weekly, cycling, swimming and gym)
September 2015-December 2015:
Identification of potential sponsors that ‘fit’ with run and proposed charity. Generate preliminary discussion and interest from these sponsors. Sponsorship interest to cover running shoes, clothing, RV hire and running costs (for support crew), food and hydration, medical research (heart, lungs and biomechanics), and flight transportation.
Discuss interest from potential family members and friends to act as support crew.
Preparation of sponsorship proposals (ongoing)
Apply for US Visas.
Increase weekly km to 100. Maintain core gym work (every 2nd day).
February – June 2016:
Presentation to MediaPro (a global leader in broadcast media, marketing and sport) to film a documentary of the race. Potential target markets: National Geographic and Discovery Channel.
Ongoing preparation of sponsorship proposals.
Secure support from employer in the United Arab Emirates, American University of Sharjah.
Maintain weekly 100 km in higher temperatures and core gym work
Mountain training in New Zealand.
Ongoing preparation of sponsorship proposals.
Development of fundraising site for PFT and crowdsource funding website.
Donation page on PFT website to go live (using British Telecom).
September – December 2016:
MediaPro decision on documentary (September 2016).
Crowdsource funding site to go live (September 2016)
Final decision on support crew
Step up training in the United Arab Emirates (30 half marathons in 30 days, 40 degree heat) (September 2016). October onwards increase weekly km to 150.
Mountain training in Cyprus.
Step up core work (gym and cycling).
Finalize sponsorship agreements.
Visit UK for discussions with Loughborough University and Bristol University (biomechanics and heart research)
Training in Al Hajar Mountains (November and December 2016)
January – May 2017:
Develop logistics plan (RV route, run route, scenario planning, food preparation, sleeping).
Continue training in Al Hajar Mountains
Development and implementation of social media plan and media exposure strategy using sponsor digital marketing platforms.
Maintain weekly 150 km of end of May.
Meet support crew in Los Angeles.
Pick up RV, finalize food, hydration and logistics
14 May 2017: Start run (Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles)
Early September: Finish in Central Park, New York