Message from Dave:
“A tough decision needed to be made at this point and it was a crucial one. The antibiotics had no effect after three days of taking them and my condition was if anything getting worse. After reaching out to a friend of mine who is a doctor in Vancouver, Dr. Nic Lendvoy, and much deliberation, coming home was an option I started seriously considering. I want to take this time to thank Dr. Lendvoy as he played a vital role in making the correct decision to come home and I’m thankful he reached out to me before the start of the run offering his help if needed. There were a lot of factors involved in making this decision but ultimately without knowing what the injury truly was I felt that it was best to have my condition treated at home where I could rest and recover. We estimated that the length of time I would need to heal from this would be at least a week once diagnosed, treated, and working up to running again. Unfortunately with this amount of rehab time and still having to run for another 17 days I wouldn’t have sufficient time to finish the run and start working at my seasonal job as planned. Working at my seasonal job affords me the ability and time to spend time in Indonesia and work on Friendly Drifter. We considered all the different ways we could still make the run work at this time but none made sense. I feel very disappointed that this is the outcome at this time. It is difficult when you set a goal for yourself and uncontrollable circumstances keep you from attaining it. Kate and I are still together which is a feat in itself; we are both arriving home safe which is all we could really hope for.
I will be continuing the run and completing it as I have set out to do; this setback is a temporary one. Unfortunately I only had a small window in which to complete the run as it was planned. As work is vital in allowing me to commit my time and energy to Friendly Drifter, it is a priority. I will be resuming and completing the run at the conclusion of the mining season in the fall.
I want to thank everybody for their support and for following us on the first part of this journey. Your comments, likes, shares, and posts all helped motivate me to keep going on a daily basis and I look forward to having all of you along when I finish. I want to thank Choices Markets in South Surrey, especially Chris Butler, for providing us with sufficient food, drinks, and supplements for the run; without this I would have incurred large personal expenses.
Please continue to follow us on our blog and social media. We will be providing updates about plans for the completion of the run as well as showcasing the various contacts that we made on this first 2/3rd’s of the journey.
Total days: 38
Total distance ran: 1700.50 km / 1056.64 miles
Total rest days taken: 5
Number of marathons run: 40.5
Longest day: 62.76 km / 39.00 miles
Shortest day: 10.00 km / 6.21 miles (on crutches)
Average distance considering run days only: 51.53 km / 32.02 miles
Average distance including rest days: 44.75 km / 27.80 miles
Number of blisters at one time: 11
Lost toenails: 3
Number of baby wipes: ~150
Number of bandaids: ~200