Well I guess I’ve given away the ending. But the fact that this blog post exists should have tipped you off to the fact that I survived.
So how was the American Odyssey Relay (Run Adventure!)? In short: I absolutely loved it. As I told a young reporter
who decided not to quote me, I’m not very good at not sleeping, but it turns out that I’ll do anything for running. “Anything” included sleeping on the ground in the middle of the day at a school, sleeping on the ground outside a hotel in 40-degree weather, waking up at 4 to run on the C&O canal, suffering through the worst stomach cramps and gas ever between runs (what are you trying to tell me, body?), not showering for two days (my only option was a freezing one or the sink. I chose the sink. I’m a wimp), and the list probably goes on.
But as my reward, I got to run through the Gettysburg battlefields, on some lovely mountain roads with Wes, and on the C&O canal in the pitch black while owls hooted at me. Did I mention I passed four runners there, including a dude?
Although I was promised pancakes at 4am in West Virginia, I was not able to eat them because of my 5am run. That just means I’ll have to do it next year.