Charlie Engle: Off and Running America

A few weeks back I posted about Charlie Engle, who was in the process of getting ready to run more than3100 miles, over the course of 45 days, to cross the United States. Well, Charlie is off and running, and is about 12 days into his journey, and despite a few early issues, he seems to be doing well.

The actual run got underway on the 13th of September, with Charlie and his support crew setting out from San Francisco. The first week and a half have had it’s ups and downs while Charlie adjust to the rigors of running extreme mileage each day. In his blog posts he discusses balancing his nutrition and going through the process of getting his body to adjust to the routine. He’s also been dealing with some nagging injuries, such as sore Achilles that seems to be quite painful, as well as the usual blisters and rashes you would expect on a long distance endurance run like this one. Still, from reading his posts, it seems that he is in good spirits, feeling fine, and motivated to keep running.

You can follow Charlie’s run over at the Running America 08 website , where you’ll find daily blogs from both Charlie and the crew. You’ll also b able to track his progress, as he is using a SPOT Satellite Messenger to relay his position out on the course. (Currently he’s in Utah and enjoying the canyon country!) Obviously, he’s got a long way to go, but he seems to be really hitting his groove now.

I should mention that Charlie is one of the founders of Mission Products a company that specializes in a line of skin care items for extreme athletes, such as sun block, foot care, and so on. A few weeks back I was sent some samples of their products, which I admittedly hadn’t heard of before, and after using them for a short time, I have to say, I’m quite impressed. I’ll probably post more on them in the near future, but lets just say they’ve already done wonders on my traditionally beat up feet. Great stuff so far, and definitely recommended to trail runners, hikers, backpackers, and climbers for sure.

Kraig Becker

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