There is an ultrarunner by the name of John Price, who recently departed Venice Beach, CA, beginning his trans-continental trek to Virginia Beach, VA. You can follow his progress here.
I am SO fascinated by the idea of running across the U.S. I had first heard of the concept as a kid, but my first real exposure to the actual process was back in 2003, when recent college grad's, Scott Sehon & Dave Bronfenbrenner completed their run from New Jersey to Oregon. They had a website tracking their progress and I logged on every day following them. Two friends, running across the country with a baby jogger, relying on the kindness of strangers. How awesome is that?
I have followed the progress of several other trans-con runs over the years, most recently was the trip of Patrick McGlade. He left California on New Year's Day, 2010 and ran to Tybee Island, GA. Being he was finishing in my home town I was excited to follow his progress and see him run through Savannah.
Bjorn Suneson has to be the most interesting story that I never had a chance to follow. On July 18th of last year, Holly said, "Let's go to Tybee." Okay, sounds fun. We loaded up the beach gear and headed out. As we were driving the 15 or so miles to the beach I saw a guy running along the road pushing a baby jogger. I knew he didn't have a child in there and I thought, "Hmmm, I wonder where he started his run." I figured it was a guy training for a long run, or perhaps running across the state. For a moment I contemplated the fact that he could be running a trans-con run. "Nah, he would have some sort of entourage, he's almost finished."
About an hour later we were in the ocean playing around when I looked up to the beach and there was my new friend with his baby jogger! There were a few young people(turns out it was his children) clapping and taking pictures. They put a lei around his neck and gave him a bottle of champagne. He took off his shoes & jumped in the ocean. After he played around a few minutes, curiosity got the best of me, so I waded over to him. "Hi, I'm Thomas. What are you celebrating?" He told me his name was Bjorn and he just ran from Seattle, running across the U.S. the second time in his life! I was amazed by this trip, but even more amazed at how low-key the finish turned out, no pomp & circumstance, just Bjorn & his family.
My Sweetest Boo & I have talked about this idea for a while now and I would one day like to complete a run across the U.S. The logistics can be as simple or as complicated as I want. The basic premise is 3000 miles coast to coast. How do I want to cover them? 25-30 miles a day. 5-6 hours of running per day, probably with a baby jogger holding supplies. Maybe with someone in a support vehicle. We've always talked about buying an R.V. upon our retirement and traveling the country, a run like this would have to wait until I am retired or closer to retirement...so who knows. Right now I'm just putting it out there.
Here is a link to a comprehensive list to those who have completed a tran-con trek by foot.
Weight 189.0 (down 1.0 from last week; 12 pounds on the year)
Su - 2:30 long run
Mo - Rest
Tu - 60 minutes - hills
We - 30 minutes - zone 1
Th - Trackwork
Fr - Rest
Sa - 9 miles progression - follow pacing for next week's half mary
Su - 1:30 long run