DAY 16 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

WORST DAY OF THE TRIP!

 More running in the desert.

More running in the desert.

Day 16 – June 26, 1978.
Miles run = 32.
Finish location – Ely, NV.
Weather – ?

 My face – taken more of a beating than my legs and feet. Burnt.

My face – taken more of a beating than my legs and feet. Burnt.

Comments: ”Ended up in the hospital cause knee hurt so much. Only ran 15.5 miles in the morning but was determined to get more done even if my knee was killing me! So, I ran another 17 miles but it hurt like hell. The knee hurt because of the terrain I was running on. No room, no shoulders on the road, 40 degrees banked, it is tough to run on that stuff. Can only hope knee will heal.”

 Motorhome in the desert – our home for 3 months.

Motorhome in the desert – our home for 3 months.

My editorial comments today: I do remember this day the most. I will never forget Ely, NV. In the desert with a bum knee – the vastus medialis muscle. I never felt so “alone” in my life. My dream of running across America was about to end at about 1,000 miles. I was questioning whether I could do this or not. The doctor in the ER asked me how I thought my knee became sore. I just couldn’t tell him that perhaps running 40+ miles a day had something to do with it! I eventually realized that the pitch of the road was what was causing it. I was running all my miles on one side of the road. I alternated each side from then on and my pain eventually subsided. If I didn’t figure it out, I would never have made it and I wouldn’t be posting this daily report right now!

 Sitting quietly wondering if I can really do this now…and praying.

Sitting quietly wondering if I can really do this now…and praying.