In Ocean Rescue Run

500 km Celebration

These past 3 days were a success; Dave completed some good mileage for the Ocean Rescue Run and was able to have a full rest day. The areas we went through were mostly quiet and definitely beautiful.

April 29th, 2016 (Day 12)
total distance completed: 43.47 km / 27.01 miles

start: Santa Maria, CA
stop: San Luis Obispo, CA
ran through: Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, and a whole bunch of wineries
total distance achieved to date: 535.56 km / 332.78 miles

Today was a tougher day. Dave had to contend with some really strong headwinds and it took about twice as much effort as usual to run through them. Dave also had to deal with the allergies brought on by running through farmlands. The air is dusty and blowing into his face, nose & eyes. The cows along these routes don’t seem to be used to seeing people and get quite anxious whenever Dave runs by. At first they all stare and then they tend to run away, but there is usually that one protective/aggressive cow that stays behind and stares him down. We cut the day a little shorter than we had planned as Dave was feeling pretty exhausted from the long stretch of running days; we (he) will be taking a much needed and deserved rest day tomorrow. Tonight we celebrate passing the 500 km mark!

April 30th, 2016 (Day 13)
rest day spent in San Luis Obispo, CA

Dave has been reluctant to take a day of rest since beginning the Ocean Rescue Run. Understandable when there are so many miles in front of him, he just wants to push ahead and keep knocking off miles. Resting means a delay in completion. However, he realized, with a bit of a push from me, that he does in fact every so often need a full day off in order to maintain both his physical and mental health. After discussing it we decided to tentatively schedule a rest every 6-7 days. This will give him something to look forward to, while getting the rest he needs to continue.  This rest day was nice for both of us; spent it in a cute little university town.  Dave feels energized, rested, and ready to start up again early tomorrow!

May 1st, 2016 (Day 14)
total distance completed: 62.76 km / 39.00 miles

start: San Luis Obispo, CA
stop: San Simeon, CA
ran through: Morro Bay, Cayucos, and Cambria
total distance achieved to date: 598.32 km / 371.78 miles

Happy May Day everyone! Dave ran his longest distance today; a whopping 62.76 km! We got off to an early start at 7am after our relaxing rest day. Our morning routine is as follows: alarm goes off, hit snooze once for an extra little nap, 15 minutes later get up, Dave has his vitamins and allergy pills (his allergies have been acting up pretty intensely the last few days), put bandaids on blisters, hydrate, quick breakfast, and go! I am still trying to get used to being a morning person. Dave had a good rhythm today and ran longer between breaks; breaks were shorter too. Every day we tweak our routine to streamline and make it better. In between rendezvous points with Dave, I have been compiling media contact lists, creating recipes and blogging in the van (click here to meet our Westy!).

Link posted by Sheila House – Northern Pacific, between California Coast and Hawaii.

To raise awareness on the effects of plastic waste in our oceans and funds for management solutions in Raja Ampat, Friendly Drifter Co-Founder David Pennington began the Ocean Rescue Run on April 18th, 2016 at the US/Mexican border and will end in Vancouver, Canada. The route for the run along the Pacific Coast Highway was chosen to connect ocean coasts, remove international boundaries and bring attention to this global issue.  “Some of our western technologies, plastic culture and production have had serious negative impacts on the environment, all over the world.  I feel we have a responsibility to create solutions for areas ill-equipped to deal with the waste issues.” states David.

The Ocean Rescue Run is approximately 2700 km / 1740 miles. If you have the means and wish to participate please visit the Go Fund Me website.  Additional details and more information on our program can be located on our Home and Participate pages.  News and articles can be found on the Media link.

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