The Run

Nick's Progress...

    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
    8 Degrees
    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 No cell coverage 388.2km
    Day 9 Mon 22nd Week 2 40 Degrees, detour 18km off Route 66 420.0km
    Day 10 Tues 23rd 42 Degrees 485.2km
    Day 11 Weds 24th REST DAY REST DAY
    43 Degrees
    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 38 20th 59.02km 1733.64
    Day 39 21st 42.02km 1775.66
    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 44 26th 64.29km 2,064.43
    Day 45 27th 70.8km 2,135.13
    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 49 1st 68.4km
    Day 50 2nd 54.6km
    Day 51 3rd 71.1km
    Day 52 4th 47.10km 2,516.23km
    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 55 7th 67.0km 2,702.04
    Day 56 8th 58.4km 2,760.44
    Day 57 9th 46.34km 2,806.78
    Day 58 10th REST DAY!!! Infected blister 2,806.78
    Day 59 11th 64.13km 2,870.91
    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 63 15th 64.21km
    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 65 17th 71.4km 3,250.56
    Day 66 18th 49.60km Struggling with constipation! 3,300.16
    Day 67 19th 72.69km It's my birthday! 3,372.85
    Day 68 20th 71.29km 3,444.14
    Day 69 21st 56.45km
    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 73 25th 83.7km
    Day 74 26th 62.18km One hour time difference in moving into a new time zone. Now on New York time!
    Day 75 27th 79.0km
    Day 76 28th 54.36 66 running days / 10 rest days 3,779.83
    Day 77 29th 50.1km 3,829.93
    Day 78 30th 58.4km 3,888.33
    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

    USA ROUTE 66 MAP edited

    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.


    The Timeline

    February 2015:

    Decision made to run across America starting May 2017. Decision made to raise money for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust (PFT).

    Feb-June 2015:

    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

    July-August 2016

    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.

    11/12 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