I am pretty sure I am crazy

Categories:Life | PreTrail

Last Friday night I had a nice conversation with a very good friend of mine who happens to be in the health and wellness line of work. We discussed eating habits, loosing weight, and pretty much all things related to getting my body physically in shape for my upcoming hikes. She is going to help provide me with healthy alternatives to meals that I currently eat and how i can take pretty much any meal I want and make it healthier as well as create a workout routine that is tailored to my body. All that she asks is that I run a 5k marathon with her in June. Now I know what you are thinking. Its only 5k or roughly 3 miles. I can walk that in my sleep no problem. What makes me crazy is I have commuted myself to train and run a 100 mile marathon after my return and successful Appalachian Trail Thru-hike.

Let us step into the time machine and go back a few months maybe even a year. A very good friend of mine started running marathons. He did it to change his lifestyle and to run for a little boy named B (name not used for privacy reasons). B has been battling cancer and Donnie met B at a local youth camp who provides a week of fun and year round support to kids with cancer and their families. This is also how I met Donnie. Donnie saw how he was living his life and felt that if B was in pain or living with pain during his Chemo treatments Donnie decided he should quit being a little wuss and take on some pain in his life. To do this he took up running. Donnie went from couch potato to attempting a 100 mile marathon in less than a year. He only ran 75 miles before the blisters on his feet were causing him so much pain he had to quit. With the help of doctors he has been able to stop taking the multiple blood pressure medications he was on. Fast forward to today. Donnie is the type of guy where he feels bored he goes out for a run. You and I might think of running 1 or maybe even a few miles. Donnie on the other hand will run 30+ miles just because he can.

Donnie has now run so many marathons that he starts naming them off and I loose track after the first minute. So needless to say he has run many many miles. I have helped crew for him several times but being his crew for his first 100 miler will forever be with me. We drove a van down the road a few miles and waited for him to come by. We would refuel him physically and emotionally with food and lots of cheering. The van was also a resting place for those who were pacing him. (Pacing is running for a few miles and then trading out with someone else) We did this for just shy of 24 hours.

We got to see Donnie at his best and worst and watched him hit the highest high and the lowest low. At one point I took him by the shoulders and looked him in the eye and said dude you got this. He was not so sure. I handed him some food and a drink then did it again. With food and drink in hand he looks at me and says F’ it lets finish this thing. He took off running into the darkness. At that moment I saw pure determination and strength in someone who was younger and wiser than I.

During that weekend I was awake to see the sunrise twice and the sunset once. Some where in the middle of dark Oklahoma in the wee hours of the night an idea ran through my head. “I think it would be fun to run a 100 miler”. I thought I was crazy and quickly dismissed it. This was before I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. Fast forward to a few days ago where I sent a random email to my friend Donnie asking him if I trained and then ran a 100 miler if he would run it with me. He has agreed and we will run it some time after I get back from Mt. Katahdin in Maine. Call me crazy but if he can run multiple 100 milers why can’t I attempt 1 after hiking 2,184 miles?

Happy Trails

Adam

Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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