Friday, August 25, 2017

"Can't Wait To Dip In The Pacific To Feel What Paul Felt"

More and more people are tackling the challenge and adventure of running across America. Most have a support crew following closely in a RV, and promoting charities via coast-to-coast runs is becoming more common. Many seek publicity around every curve in the road, often to promote their charity and sometimes to promote themselves. Growing in popularity is the setting up of online fundraising pages and linking those pages to social media accounts to pull in dollars from people around the world. One runner currently crossing the country has raised $12,000 in his first month on the road -- all by using online fundraising websites. Live satellite tracking, instant online mileage reporting, video blogging, and more are now common for transcontinental runners. I must admit, I'm glad I did my run 11 years ago before the "run across America" challenge became so charity driven and attention seeking. My crossing was pretty quiet from a media standpoint, was funded primarily by myself ($7,000), and didn't have a charity to promote. I ran simply to keep a promise.

One of the several runners/walkers currently taking on the endeavor of crossing the country recently wrote: "Paul Staso is a hero... In 2006, Paul crossed the nation pushing his jogger, Bob... Can't wait to dip in the Pacific to feel what Paul felt." For the past 11 years I've had coast-to-coast crossers mention me online. They usually find my 2006 website, which I have linked to paulstaso.com, and they study my daily journal writings, pictures, videos, route, and more... aiming to experience what it feels like to "dip" into the ocean after running 3,000+ miles across the country. Some never make it to the starting line. Others start, but don't finish. And then there's the few who actually succeed and get the chance to feel the satisfaction that comes with knowing that their legs (and heart) carried them from one ocean to another. It truly is an indescribable feeling. However, there is a lot of pain, sweat and tears (literally) that must happen before the waves are felt.

It was 11 years ago today that I logged my highest mileage day during my run across America. I was in South Dakota and logged a 48-mile day in 12 hours while pushing my 80-pound jogging stroller, "BOB" (which is an acronym for "Beast of Burden"). That was a long day in 80-degree temps and it brought me to the halfway point of my run from Oregon to Delaware. I summed up that particular day with this writing:
"If you were to go to a standard 1/4 mile running track, you would have to do 192 laps around the track to equal 48 miles. Now, think about doing that while pushing 80 pounds the entire way. That's sort of what it's like out on the road. Of course, there are other factors that I contend with on a daily basis... such as weather, road conditions, elevations, cars, people, and more. I often have people tell me, or write to me, that they are absolutely amazed that I can cover such long distances on a daily basis. Much of my ability is rooted in my personal faith, a tenacious determination, acquired mental strength, and a genuine physical ability to withstand hours on the road. Many athletes possess these qualities and I am certainly not "unique" in the world of ultra-marathon runners -- or "journey" runners. I may be unique to you because you don't personally know anyone else who can do such extreme running. For me, it's just something I can do well... and I am very motivated to cross the entire United States and stop when my running shoes have touched the edge of the Atlantic Ocean."
I wish all U.S. crossers, either running or walking, well on their journeys and I hope that each of them gets to experience what it's like to feel the ocean waves against your weary legs upon completion!

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso
www.paulstaso.com

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Have You Seen The "Shoe Bike"?


Adidas showcased its ongoing relationship with tire manufacturer Continental by producing one of the strangest-looking bicycles on the street. The "shoe bike" uses six Adidas shoes (complete with Continental rubber soles) in place of each of the bike’s wheels and tires. The ride isn't the smoothest, but is certainly unique!

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso
www.paulstaso.com

Friday, August 18, 2017

30 Years of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is an American nonprofit organization formed in 1986 and based in Washington, D.C. that works with communities to preserve unused railroad corridors by transforming them into rail trails within the USA for walking, running and bicycling. With more than 2,000 rail-trails and more than 31,000 miles of multiuse trails nationwide, RTC's focus is on linking these corridors — creating trail networks that connect people and places, just as the railroads once did.

RTC uses a three-pronged strategy to realize its vision of trails at the heart of healthy, thriving communities: changes in public policy, changes in infrastructure and changes in personal behavior.

I'm a long-time user of rails-to-trails pathways, with my favorite (so far) being the Hiawatha Trail in northern Idaho. In Indiana, where I live, I've enjoyed running and biking on the Nickel Plate Trail and Panhandle Pathway. On my list to do is the Cardinal Greenway, a 62-mile path which touches five Indiana counties. I'd also like to cycle the Katy Trail in Missouri. Want to find a rails-to-trails route near you? Go to www.traillink.com. It is an excellent resource set up by the RTC, providing verified maps and detailed information about 31,000 miles of trails across the USA.

Check out the RTC today at railstotrails.org; instagram.com/railstotrails; twitter.com/railstotrails; and, facebook.com/railstotrails.

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso
www.paulstaso.com

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lightning Bolt Fails to Strike at World Championships in London

Earlier this week, Usain Bolt (hailed by many as the greatest sprinter of all time), lost to two Americans in the 100-meter final at the 2017 World Championships in London. It was the legendary Jamaican sprinter's second loss of the day, losing a semi-final race earlier.

It’s the first time in his illustrious career that Bolt's been beaten in the 100-meter final at the world championships, or the Olympics for that matter. Justin Gatlin (age 35) of the U.S.A. grabbed gold in 9.92 seconds, and American Christian Coleman (age 21) took silver in 9.94. Unfortunately, the Americans received boos from the London crowd after the race was finished.

After winning the 100-meter race, Gatlin said: “I dreamed about this day. I worked hard for this day. And it took for me to not be selfish and think about myself and think about others to give me that fight.”

Bolt (age 30) is retiring from the sport TODAY after he runs the 4×100-meter relay. He chose not to compete in the 200 meters at the world championships.

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso
www.paulstaso.com