Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 6 and 7 recap!

Day 6 was a rest day and what a day it was. Day 7 was my best run day yet, but more on that later.

First, I want to say thank you publicly to John and Melissa Teeples. These people opened their home, fed our team like kings, treated us better than family and also ensured we were on target around the city of Columbus as we moved around to two speaking engagements and other errands. I cannot begin to extend enough gratitude to them. It was a lesson in class. Thanks John and Melissa.

On Monday we had a busy day, even for a rest day. First, I got an opportunity to speak to 170ish college students who bypassed spring break to build houses for Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge. It was fun and it was inspiring to me to see kids doing good!

Then, we got a private tour (as the museum was officially closed) of the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, GA. WOW. I highly recommend it. It really put some perspective on what our veterans have given up so that we can drink our Starbucks, watch Beverly Hills Housewives and keep track of Charlie Sheen in freedom and peace. The curator's story of the latest inductee into the museum's Hall of Valor left NO dry eye's. (A 19 year old kid who threw himself on a grenade on purpose to save four of his fellow soldiers.)

Then it was off to Big Dog Running Company where I got to talk about my run to 30ish people. It was fun, I had about 15 minutes of talk and got nearly 30 minutes of questions.

Today, I had Day 7 of my run. It was ideal. Weather? Perfect! Physically feeling? Perfect!

I had a full accompanyment the whole 50 miles. John Teeples ran with me the first 3-4 hours. We were joined by Brenda, wife of the manager at Big Dog Running about hour 3. We were also joined around mile 22 by Ian and John, members of the Columbus State University track team. These two guys, who normally run 15-16 minute 3 milers trotted out 28 miles or so with me and ended up crossing from GA into Alabama with me.

I had a great day today running. I completed 50.5 miles at 8 hours exactly. Perfect.  

Again, all I have is thanks for the people I met during my stay in Columbus.  If all of the people in Columbus are as friendly as I met, this place is Utopia.  I cannot send enough positive vibes back to these people.

Tomorrow looks to be a mental challenge. We are slated to get 2-3 inches of rain over the course of the day. I am going to slop it out as best as I can.  It definetly looks like it will peg the suck-o-meter.



  1. Thanks for the great report Ed. Sounds like you're heart is getting another kind of workout.

  2. This is some good stuff Ed. I'm glad Columbus was extra special and that you have a new friends in John and Melissa Teeples!

    On another note, are you getting Charlie Sheen tweet updates while you are running? ;)

  3. Love the videos Ed and sooo happy to hear you had such a great day; physically and mentally. We hope Alabama will bring you the same hospitality and success!!

  4. Eddie, I let Deb know that you are losing weight, and she is concerned that we did not send enough MOONPIES!! Let me know buddy...

  5. Ed,
    Love the videos and the picts. Look forward every day to checking on how the previous day went. Also makes my runs so much easier to push through and enjoy. Heard you say you have lost more weight....MORE MOONPIES!!!
    Keep rollin' man, keep rollin'!