|me, Davy Crockett (l) and Karl Meltzer (r) near Saratoga Springs, UT|
|following one of the crew RVs out of Fairfield, UT|
|Karl, near Eagle Mountain, UT|
i got to Lehi easily enough in I-15, and then proceeded West through suburbia. i got turned around a couple of times, because i was trying to find the actual Pony Express route, and it gets a little obscured amidst several thousand cookie-cutter houses. i finally turned on Google maps from my iPhone, texted Matt Hart (whom i now will refer to as "Captain Hart"... ) and met up with everyone near Fairfield, UT.
after crewing Karl near Fairfield, i was definitely inspired. as of yesterday, Karl had been running an average of 52 miles per day for the past 14 days. i followed the crew along the route and we saw another runner who turned out to be Davy Crockett, a local ultra-runner and race director for the Pony Express 100, who wanted to get in a morning jog with Karl. i helped Davy shuttle his car, and then actually got a few miles in with the two of them as well. Davy left us at mid-day to get to work, but i kept running with Karl. i wasn't sure how long i would last because i have still been having some lingering issues after my injury at Wasatch, but i just told him and the crew i would play it by ear. i dropped my car west of Lehi, grabbed my pack, and settled into the comfortable 12 minute-mile pace.
|Karl, on the Draper bike path, running towards home|
i'm still wrapping my head around the distance that was covered. i ran with Karl from Lehi to Draper, about 20 miles. by the time we got to Draper, Matt Hart stuck his head out of the RV and asked how i was doing, and i said, "i think i'm done." my hip was starting to lock up again, and i didn't want to strain anything too badly. so i hopped into the RV and listened to some Mos Def with Matt. i tried to steal his bottle of nuun on ice, but being ever the savvy Captain, he would have none of that.
i had planned on running about 10 or 12 miles with Karl yesterday, but the inspiration of the day just caught me up and i didn't want to quit. i looked at the distance that we had come across the Salt Lake Valley and was pretty much in awe. Karl has each day been running over twice as far as i had run yesterday, and has been doing it for two weeks. and he still looks fresh.
|Karl, at his home in Sandy after our run|
to follow Karl's progress, go to the RedBullUSA website: click here.