As I departed the Toberman’s house, greatest with the beauty of the sunrise over the bay I make my way to the gas station by the freeway to await some friends.
Shortly after arriving Blythe and Micheal drove up to my surprise. We caught up about my run to there and what my plans where to be next. I had found out the night before that the Galveston Mardi Gras Marathon was on Sunday and was looking to see if anyone would sponsor my entree fee. So the Facebook postings began. Soon after Alicia and her brother Jason arrived. I had been anticipating their arrival. Hugs handshakes and details were exchanged about the run over the causeway.
Jason set up in various locations to snap photos and videos of me running across the causeway and down into the city I live. I am thankful for Jason to have taken the time out of his day to do that for me.
As I reached the other side and arrived in Galveston I was constantly checking my phone for updates. A good friend of mine,David Watson,owner of Nada’s, was going to sponsor the fee for the Marathon,but when he got there Jana Landry, friends of Andy Stewart who owns Finish Line Sports in Sugar Land, had already taken care of the fee. So I made my way down Broadway waving and smiling to all that where honking, cheering, and waving me on. When I made it to 25th I went to see everyone at the Antique Warehouse. Surprised to see me there already, hugs of excitement were exchanged.short visit though, I had a marathon packet to pick up!!!! So I made my way over to the packet pick up location. As I walked in to look for Jana she called me out. I was totally stoked that I was going to do another marathon for Team CFF. After signing in picking up my number I had talked with a few runners that were listening in on what I was doing. I am thankful for the words of encouragement.
Starbucks, I needed my Starbucks. I walked over to my local SB where I spend most of my mornings. After I received my drink and was sitting down catching up on post, Haille introduced herself, and then mentioned that her brother, Eithan, has CF. We talked about my connection with CF and why I was doing this,exchanged information,and wished me luck on my travels. Before I left, Jessica Loftus, had walked up and asked for more info on the run. She is involved with a Tri group and wanted to share the info with them. My morning there was totally made!
Left SB and made my way to Sunflower Cafe to enjoy breakfast with Alicia! We were able to catch up on events sense the beginning of the run. After breakfast I went home to clean, but instead, slept! Sleep was much needed. Wrench was so happy to see me when I arrived home. He didn’t know which way to wiggle his butt. He pinned me to the ground and started rubbing his scent on me letting me know I’m his and I’m not suppose to leave like that. Then back to sleep I went……
Ahhhh, stretch, eat, and a morning talk about my next leg of the run with Jason and Christie. After a great cooked breakfast and more blinking lights added to my CammelBak for safety, I started my way to Tiki Island.
The honks and cheers along the road give me the extra little kick to continue on the venture to bring people’s eyes fixed on me, the mobile awareness billboard for CF. with my looks of ” Forrest Gump” adding to the draw of people’s attention, it then becomes the ice breaker for a conversation about the “Breathe Easy” Run and who it benefits.
My first Starbucks stop along the way was the first of unfriendly affairs. Was told I wasn’t allowed to put up flyers about the run, after I had made my purchase with my gold card. I had informed the lady who snapped at me that I had asked the other employee first and was said it was ok, but that I would take them down and take them to another location. So I left my drink on the counter and said keep it and the change, and off I went. Heading 45 south I continued to meet people as I waited to cross the roads at lights and posed for pictures holding the CFF flags out.
Little ways down the road my body was letting me know it’s time to eat. As I was walking through a parking lot to my destination I heard a group of people yell out, “Go Forrest Go!” So I turned back to share with them about my run. After I talked with them for a bit I walked over to Hooters, Webster location, where I was greeted with smiles of looks of disbelief. Nadia was quick to ask about what Team CFF stood for and why was I running 500 miles for them. As I was seated I handed her a stack of cards with the CFF info on it and the link for the run so they could follow. Nadia proceeded to go around telling others about me and my run. She handed the cards out to customers as well as coworkers. The manger of the Webster location came up to the table and wished me luck on my travels. As a few photos were taken and a shirt was given to me by Nadia. I was wished the best of luck safe travels, and that they’d be behind me supporting me and spreading the word around while I was on the road.
Outside I saddle up’d my CammelBak onto my shoulders,tightened the straps, and of to my next stop.
As I normally have done through my run, I stop at Starbucks to have either coffee or water so that I save what is stored in my CammelBak for later. The next few locations were great and very supportive. Making my way south towards my next predetermined destination, Columbia Sports Wear at the Tanger Outlet Mall.
Richard was the gentlemen who greeted me first. I mentioned to him how Melissa said she’d contribute to the “Breathe Easy”Run. I was told to shop away. After roaming the collecting only what I needed, being careful not to add much more weight, I was ready to check out. Tomy, the manger working that night made the adjustments and was very helpful. Their contribution to the run will be helping me along the way there in comfort.
My eyes are now set on the Island before the Island.
Along the dark, misty,foggy roads, headlights intermediately passing me by, one set slowly comes to a stop next to my side. Blythe and Micheal had driven out to where I was and brought sunflower seeds and water to me. After pics and thanks, it was time to keep on truckin.
Closer and closer I get to the water the tempature slowly gets cooler, relieving me of the heat from the day. Instagram’ng along the way for followers to keep up with my progress as well besides the post on fb, to give a little illustration of the journey as I see it on foot. I’ve made it!! Thinking it was going to be a short run for the day tanks to google maps, I anticipated it to be about 10 miles shorter, eek, oh well 29 miles wasn’t bad. As I stand in front of the Tiki Island sign, I proudly take a picture to let everyone k ow that I’ve arrived safely to my destination for the night.
A big thanks to the Toberman family for dinner,hot shower, and a comfy place to sleep for the night. As we talked through the night and caught up on the past it was time to rest. To all my CF friends, “Toberman” was a big part in the break through with CF developing the inhaler that is used to this day. When I return from my trip, I plan on getting to know more about it and visit the wing named after the grandfather. Morning comes and I’m greeted by Nathan. We talked about his fishing trip to Florida and how it compares to here. While talking and packing up the time came for me to continue on.
Hugs and thanks were given, then down the stairs to start my shortest leg of the run over the Galveston Cauesway Bridge….
Last night as I reach my stopping point at the Mucky Duck to watch Patrice Pike perform,I was greeted with an announcement and applause. Patrice is a big supporter of my “Breathe Easy” Run for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
As I made my way out of the bathroom from changing clothes and putting on a clean Team CFF running tech shirt on, I was greeted by a 14yr old teen that said hi. I proceeded to sit at a table with my Camelbak and order a pitcher of water and dinner for the evening with friends. The teen walked up to me where I was seated and asked who it was that I was ruining for. I proceeded to tell him for The CFF. Brayden,the teen, then introduced himself to me and said,” that e and his brother both have CF.” Tears instantly dropped from my eyes. We then walked over to the table where his family was at where I met his younger brother Brian. The tears of compassion where let loose. Their dad stood up shook my hand and gave me a real hug. As we began to talk tears of a storm were pouring down with no way to control them. Mixed emotions of happiness,seeing the faces of who I’m wanting everyone to help me help,and tears of sadness for the struggles that I now know what they have to endure and hope for a cure. Such an awesome family that I’m am glad to be acquainted with.
After we talked about why I’m doing this run,I dried my face as good as I could and enjoyed the music and food. As the evening came to an end, tears poured back down again as we hugged and gave thanks for each others support. I wish I could describe the feelings that were there, but it was the kind you can’t really describe. If you were there it was felt
Brayden, Brian, hang in there guys. The cure is coming, it will be found, and soon you’ll breathe easy without any assistance.