Wednesday, July 09, 2008

DAY ONE of the 810

And they're off...

The temperature at 9:00 AM was a balmy 90 degrees. By the time noon rolled around it hit 112 degrees and an "Excessive Heat Warning" was issued. Excessive Heat in the desert... who would have thought? Thank goodness for weathermen.

But Lisa and the crew are spiriting right along. By 3:00 PM (PSD) they were already at the 15 mile point, and when I asked Leigh what time she thought they'd be stopping for a rest, she said "Oh, we're going straight through the night."

The last update was at 6:00 PM -- and Lisa is in great shape and a happy mood, with appetite intact. Peanut Butter and Jelly seemed to be the big hit of the day, with one turkey and cheese with mayo thrown in.

I've been assured that where they are now the shoulders of the roads are nice and wide, allowing Lisa to give traffic a wide berth. There is a van with Lisa at all times, and an additional "crew van" which will stop some miles ahead and allow the "off crew" some downtime and a chance to take pictures of their feet.

Each van has a 6 foot banner on the side letting folks driving by know exactly what this tall blonde woman running alongside the road is doing. It also has all of Lisa's sponsors' logos on it, so everyone can see who helped make this possible.

All the comments to this blog will be printed out and faxed to Stovepipe Wells in advance of Lisa's estimated arrival there.

So everyone-- don't be shy... leave a comment to cheer Lisa on!


Anonymous said...

Watching and waiting for updates...thought of you all this morning when out for a run :) Fight on :) Kira oxoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Lisa, you are an inspiration! Keep on going...Ann Thorne

Anonymous said...

Good Job Lisa and crew!!! I can't wait to see you this weekend and witness your journey up close and personal :) I am so excited for you with the 810 and Death Valley Cup. I love the post about the quilt and may have to bid on it!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Great job Lisa!!! I'm so impressed by your determination. I'm sure your amazing crew will make sure you achieve your goal.

What's this I hear about huge heel blisters? Couldn't be. You've got some serious miles to put on those feet. Take care of yourself!!


Anonymous said...

Lisa, you're doing great! I'll be following your progress through your blog and the Badwater webcast.


Bob - said...

Great Job Lisa, Look forward to following your journey...Keep eating and drinking and Enjoying the moments!

Nice pics !!

Anonymous said...


Thinking of you and sending you positive energy!

Take care of yourself.


Michele Jensen said...

Lisa - great job! You are always my hero! I really wish I could be there with you guys, and I've been following all the updates. You have so many people cheering you on, can you hear it?
Take care and God Bless,
Michele Jensen

bizyah said...

You go girl!!! I was gonna wait until it cooled down to head out for a run but if you're in the middle of the desert, well, I better just suck it up here in the Tetons.

Keep smilin' and poundin' those turkey sandwiches. Stick to the plan and you'll be on top of Whitney in no time!

Lora said...

OH Lisa---You've got me running up and down the darn parking garage today while you enjoy that beautiful scenery! Lucky you!!

I'm pretending to be on the Aspen Trail while the cars drive by, ever so slowly, to check out who is crazy enough to do what I'm doing. I think next time I'll carry a sign saying, "My Coach is running out west while I smell your fumes!!" :) least I'm not pulling a tire!!

But you GO GIRL!! I'm hovering over you bringing good vibes!!!

inky said...

Great work Lisa! Running into the night sounds like an ideal plan if it is over 100 during the day. Keep up the amazing effort - we are all cheering you on from the sidelines.


Becky said...

Go Lisa!!! You're doing great!

Know that the blisters and the heat rash are temporary, but the results from your journey will make a difference for a lifetime for so many children.

(But I still suggest draining and taping the blisters. :-)

All the best to you and your awesome crew!!

Rambling Coyote said...

Hiya Lisa!
Thanks for letting me hang out with you and the crew for a little bit on Wednesday. After the route you're on, once you arrive at SPW, the world will seem so....civilized! Never ever quit, carry on, remove all already know the script, and we're all amazed with and proud of you!
Love ya,

Dane said...

Great start, Lisa. I can only wish you nothing but great days and scads of donations. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hello Lisa, Keep on moving ahead! Have been thinking of this great endeavour of yours, and one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson comes to mind (I actually memorized it in 6th grade... Which I think would be back in 1970!). It seems most relevant, though I may have a word or two wrong). "There comes a time in every mans life, when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance, that imitation is suicide. That he must take himself for better or worse. That though the wide universe may be filled with good, no nourishing kernel of corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of groud which is given him to till. The power that resides in him is new in nature, and no one knows what he can do, not even he himself, until he has tried"

Stay strong and thanks for the inspiration!
Tom Triumph

Anonymous said...

Yea Lisa and the rest of the Dreamchaser Crew Team. Stay Cool and Run far and steady with a Focus on the Mission!!!

God Bless,

Ed Mafoud

Anonymous said...

Go Lisa and Crew!!! I have been thinking of you every day and checking the blog. I found out from Denise Jones that you will be at Stovepipe Wells Saturday, so don't be surprised if I show up with chocolate milkshakes for you and the crew. Rock on and keep runnin' for the kids :)