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What I Learned About Loving, Giving And Living

5th November 2012 07:59 AM[(GMT+02:00) Cairo]

I want to share my final thoughts on one of the most profound weeks of my life.

(Photo: Blasted. Moments after crossing the finish line of the 50 mile day. Crazy weird Sahara dust all over me. Asleep on the sand minutes later.)

The experience that sticks out most to me was when I experienced a 12 mile, extreme runner's high while running through the night by headlamp after running 40 painful, slow miles. Funny enough, I couldn't for the life of me remember the song that ignited the fire inside. I must have listened to it a half-dozen times too. It wasn't until 36 hours later, while laying under the desert stars at 2am, that I woke up to the tune. It took me another 15 minutes to recall the lyrics. I felt the fire again while laying there in my sleeping bag (fortunately not THAT kind of fire).

The song is Times Like These by Foo Fighters. It's not like it's that profound of a song, but for some reason it was the catalyst between me shuffling in full-body pain and running beyond what I thought was possible. Here's a few of the lyrics:

I am a new day rising
I'm a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight
I am a little divided
Do I stay or run away
And leave it all behind?

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

What is profound is that this whole experience made me re-learn how to live, give and love. I'm pretty sure these things are to be done with more passion, risk, exertion, and reckless abandon.

I learned more about God's reverse economy. If you want to receive, give. If you want to be filled up, pour yourself out. You only really live for certain things if you are willing to die to them. I felt like I was the one receiving and being filled up all week.

Even though I had some basic longings throughout the week (i.e. cold beer and bodywork), all of my deeper longings were met. My soul felt filled. It felt like a week-long camping trip with God. One where we hung out, talked a lot, I complained but then we laughed together, I complimented Him on the scenery a lot, I asked him for lots of practical things, and he really took care of me and gave me a profound experience. Like a really good friend would. Or like a really good Dad would.

I know i wouldn't have had the same experience in my routine at home, or if the experience was easy or risk-free. It cost me a lot. It cost YOU a lot. Over 100 people gave over 30,000 of their hard-earned dollars. And I rest in the thought that God will take the bit we all sacrificed and multiply it for great things.

I just read through my blog posts for the first time since I wrote them and they're a bit rough, sappy and vulnerable. The exclamation point must have been stuck because every post is littered with them. I didn't edit them at the time. Just hobbled over after my run and poured out whatever was left. And that's what you got.

I was humbled more than a few times this week, and you guys were a big part of keeping me going. Thank you all for going on this journey with me. I hope you're not left with a picture of my strength. That would be inaccurate. I just signed up, trained and showed up. It was a much bigger strength and support that kept me going and allowed me to accomplish this goal. God orchestrated it and you were a part of it.

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." - Jesus

My next endurance event will be having a second child in February. Here's to another round of living, giving and loving beyond what I think is possible!

Comments: Total (4) comments

Sarah Bardo

Posted On: 06 Nov 2012 02:20 AM

1.) this gave me goosebumps to read. 2.) high five! 3.) one of my favorite songs ever. it isn't really profound, but dang does it make me feel better.

Julie Mceliece

Posted On: 06 Nov 2012 12:58 PM

What you did, how you experienced God, sharing yourself with us, was humbling. Deyl, you inspire us second-half -of -lifers to "live, give and love with more passion""...your words. God is always good. Julie and Jim

Patricia Drew

Posted On: 06 Nov 2012 18:37 PM

CONGRATULATIONS. You are truly a remarkable man.....I've been following your blog and I'm just blown away with your strength and determination....You are amazing..... I'm in your mothers exercise swim class in case your wondering who I am...Congratulations again , what an accomplishment......

Steve Nelson

Posted On: 09 Nov 2012 19:52 PM

Great to hear how the Opportunity clients motivated you to keep going. Knowing that you share our belief in empowering entrepreneurs to work their way out of poverty in some of the worst of life\'s deserts, inspired me even more to work hard and I continue to partner with these hardworking businesspeople as a staff member. Your race is going to have a lasting legacy for all those whom you repsented on your journey. Congrats! Steve Nelson
I Am A Changed Man.

3rd November 2012 02:02 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central America]

I will start with yesterday. the halloween celebration was tons of fun, dancing gangnam style with dozens of koreans and people from a multitude of other countries. They had sodas and candy, and i drank an ice cold pepsi that was nearly life-changing it tasted so good. I had a good rest and woke up ready for the biggest physical battle of my life.

i started the first stage in prayer asking God for tremendous mental fortitude and that he would carry me when i needed it. I thought of Opportunity International loan clients. I thought of you, the person reading this blog, and how youve encouraged me and given your hard earned money to help me RUN4POVERTY. it filled me with purpose.

my plan was to take it very easy and pace myself, as the longest ive ever run before is 26.4 miles. this would be very new territory for me. My big crazy audacious goal was to finish this stage in 14 hours, which would put me across the finish line around 9pm.

I ran through the valley of the whales in great spirits. it was gorgeous and i was overwhelmed with what a big God I serve. the expanse of this desert i have experienced is like one grain of sand compared to his whole creation. Awesome.

it started getting really hot coming in to checkpoint 3 (one thermometer said 118), but i was determined to keep running and not walk. mind you, my running pace out there was a VERY SLOW pace. a brazilian helper at checkpoint 4 called it my granny shuffle, and to be honest it pissed me off! i had that 9 pm goal in my mind, but it seemed to be slipping away as my "running pace" was around 20 min miles. it was still running though!

as i left Checkpoint 4, i climbed a huge gorgeous dune, and found a stray oreo in my snack pocket, and practically made love to it, it tasted so good. i hit the overnight checkpoint extremely exhausted and mentally drained. i thought about staying and resting, but believed that God would sustain me if i endured on. i changed my socks and had a quick meal, and was out of there in less than 30 minutes.

at this point i had been pushing for around 9 hours, and everything was hurting. bad. my 9pm goal looked more like 1130 or 12, IF i could keep the current pace. it felt like any step could have blown out my achiles or knee or something else serious. i had a few burning blisters too. and to make things more interesting, as the sun started to set, a huge headwind started pushing me back. i thought "isnt life like that sometimes?" then my mind quickly went back to grunting "JUST FINISH".

it was disheartening to think there was around 6 hours ahead of me. i didnt know how i would do it, but i was determined to. i ran out of electrolyte powder at CP 6. my pace was waning and my pain was increasing by the step. it was dark and i was running by my headlamp. it was amazing starting running at sunrise and still running at sunset. i couldnt even see anyone in any direction. it was a crazy feeling. It took me over 2 hours to get to CP 7, around 6:45 at night.

"From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised."

Then something indescribable happened. i left CP 7, and was experiencing pain and exhaustion like ive never imagined. A song came on my ipod, and i got a HUGE adrenaline rush, like ive never experienced before. i went absolutely TAZMANIAN DEVIL CRAZY. i started yelling at the top of my lungs " I DIDNT COME THIS FAR TO WALK THE SAHARA!!!" IM THE MAN IN THE ARENA. IM TO BE CARRIED ON WINGS LIKE EAGLES. LETS FINISH THIS!!!! and all kinds of crazy, other-worldly guttoral screams, profanity, prayers and cries.

my pace increased to around 10 minute miles, and i felt almost no pain. i thought, "this is great, but im afraid of bonking early as ive still got 12 miles to go and anything could happen." then the adrenaline kicked again "NO FEAR!!" LETS FINISH THIS!!! i pushed and pushed and maintinaned my lightning pace. KEEP UP WITH THIS GRANNY SHUFFLE MR. BRAZIL!!"

i blew into CP 8 with no water, refillled and screamed out of there hooting and hollaring. i think i freaked out the people in the CP. I KEPT THIS PACE FOR 12 miles... 2:20 minutes!!! it felt like someone elses body, seriously. if i slowed down, EVERYTHING WOULD HURT. if i cranked it up, the pain went away and i would start grunting and screaming and beating my chest. i was weeping at times. i felt like a warrior screaming into battle. yelling quotes and bible verses from my guts. seriosly, someone would have put me in the mental tent if they heard me. i just kept chanting all kinds of crazy things. i passed 6 competitors, who all thought i was insane.

i crossed the finish line PRECISELY at 9pm and almost threw up. 52 miles in 14 hours. my heart rate was through the roof and i couldnt see straight. i had accomplished my goal. i left it all out there on the course. i could barely form sentences.

i barely crawled into my tent and passed out. didnt even blow up my air mattress. suprisingly i feel amazing this morning. nothing hurts. i seriously am a new man.

ive got a few dozen competitors breathing down my neck to use the computer, so im off. ill write a little more tomorrow after all of this sinks in. I just found out that i finished #29th overall with a time around 39 hours 22 minutes. i thought i was dreaming to think about coming in below 50 hours, so i crushed my time goal.

thank you all for sharing this journey with me. your prayers and well wishes, i hope you all have realized by now, were life changing.

from the bottom of my new heart i thank you. All Glory to God.

now im off to rest up before my 3k run in front of the pyramids... my confidence is high that ill knock that one off :)

Comments: Total (27) comments

Jon Schoff

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 00:24 AM

Incredible, amazing, astonished, unbelievable, proud, thankful, encouraged, are just some words that come to mind after reading that. You did it!!! You can now forever say you ran across the Sahara. Take your achievements in and know that God did great works through you.

Tim Kearin

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 00:23 AM

Hey son, I've been waiting for this blog for two days. I knew you finished because I saw your results...amazing and I talked to Paige who got your email. But still, I didn't now if you were alive. You sound really great! I'd like to have movie rights on your last blog. It's a terrific story. Enjoy your last day. It will be a skip in the park. God Bless, dad

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 00:55 AM

Oh Deyl....what an ending to your incredible journey! Your blog took my breath away and now all I want for you is to eat well and celebrate your victory. Dance, sing and stir up the fun! God certainly raised you up and we get to bask in HIS glory through your experience. I am full of joy for you. Everyone following you will experience joy tonight! "Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls" (Mother Teresa) and boy did you catch our souls this week! I am so very proud of the man you are. Love love love MOM Tell us more....tell us more!!!

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 01:17 AM

Deyl, I just hung onto every word you wrote. You rode in on the wings of an Eagle: thank the good Lord for giving us strength and those words in Is 40, as I mentioned to you early on, are warrior words and special to me also. They are a key to how someone in such a rough place can get through it, as you have. What a wonderful example you are to everyone fortunate to know you!

David Jay

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 01:34 AM

YES! I've got tears in my eyes. I'm laughing. Pumping my fist in the air for you. This is the coolest thing ever. Wow!

Chris Kates

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 01:34 AM

Deyl! I have been dying to get your update! First of all, you're amazing! I am so proud that you set out to do this, trained, endured, and totally succeeded. Finishing strong is deeply engrained in your character. Secondly, that narrative was so well written! I needed water and a massage after reading it. I'm do glad you can enjoy the victory of your accomplishment and take in the beauty of Egypt. Can't wait to hear more details when you return. Now...go find that Corona!

Leah Hendrickson

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 01:48 AM

Deyl, YAHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Tears are streaming down my face as I write this! That was an amazing post, an amazing blog, and to GOD be the glory. CONGRATULATIONS Deyl, and cannot wait to celebrate in Santa Barbara. -Leah

J And S Vincent

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 03:03 AM

We were dying to get this post! Congratulations on achieving something that was literally insane! You now know you can do anything. So proud of you DK. Every morning my kids are begging to check your blog. I'm kinda glad this one wasn't up yet. I would have had trouble explaining the Oreo cookie part! Tonight we are toasting and celebrating our friends great adventure. Safe travels my brother and can't wait to see you. So glad that God carried you through this. Love, J and S

Kasey Sander

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 03:21 AM

Just like everyone else i'm crying and laughing and so so so so soooo amazed and happy for you! My mind is blown by what you just did. To God be the glory! Love you so much! We are celebrating with you here in SB! Enjoy your last few days in Egypt...you deserve it! Can't wait to see you!!!!!! PS you still want to take Skye's marathon bib for next weekend? HAH!

Alex Vanscoy

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 03:39 AM

Deyl! This is unbelievable man! Very proud of you, I can't imagine how hard that journey must have been, soak it all in because you certainly deserve it! Congrats again! -Alex

Sarah Bardo

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 03:58 AM

yesssssss! incredible! i\'m so excited for you!

Erin Vernon

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 04:14 AM

I am speechless. And awestruck. God is good and faithful. You are now living proof. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. May you return safely to your family!

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 04:37 AM

Yeee haww!!! congrats & cheers!!! All I can say is I'm so relieved!! I knew you could do it & always had unwavering confidence in you but boy am I just happy to have you past that Stage 5 finish line. Enjoy the glory of those pyramids & come home to us three as soon as you can! We're planning a big "Back from Sahara" party on Friday in your honor! Everyone is invited!! Can't wait to give the hero a big hug! Hip,hip, hurray Deyl!! All the praise be to God!!!

Dominique Hernandez

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 05:08 AM

W-O-A-H. I seriously have goosebumps reading your blog!!! Can't wipe the smile off of my face either! So, SO, so inspiring! :) I can hear your enthusiasm with each word and I can feel your purpose. Praise the Good Lord! I am so happy you are in good health and ENJOYING yourself. Drink in that beauty. Thank you for sharing this experience with all of us! :)

Linda Colby

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 05:17 AM

Holy Smazarina! You did it! Unbelievable! Summer is doing the "Happy Dance". Dad and I are walking around with our mouths wide open. Wahooooooo! Your life is forever changed? You are the guy who ran the Sarhara Desert. Wait till ABC hears you made it! Paige is so proud and relieved ." Whatever you do for the least of these you do for me." Most of all......."We'll done my good and faithful servant." I know you will cherish the victory lap around the pyramids.

Michele Kearin

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 05:26 AM

Cannot wait to hear more!! So awesome Deyl. We've been cheering you on out here. And love reading all your updates. Congrats. You should be proud, we certainly are.

Brad Conley

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 07:40 AM

Absolutely amazing... Congrats! Again thank you for taking the time to post, it has been incredible to follow along. Very proud of you man...

Liz Mayer

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 10:05 AM

So glad you are sharing all the details! What an amazing story. Congrats on an awesome day!!

Pablo Martínez

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 10:36 AM

Congratulations. You did it. Way to go. Amazing decription

Brenda Cornwell

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 11:05 AM

ALLELUHAH!!!! You have accomplished much and given much and followed your heart. Your perserveranc is truly amazing. Your faith has truly given you strength. So Deyl.. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You did it, love, aunt B and Bill

Christian Lowe

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 17:34 PM

Congratulations, Deyl. What an incredible moment. I am so inspired by, proud of, and thankful for you, my friend! Safe travels home.

Kara Scott

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 13:00 PM

Deyl, you're amazing!! I'm just awestruck but what you've accomplished. Any time something seems hard or 'impossible', I'm going to remember this blog, remember what you've managed to do and push forward knowing that our limits are so far outside of what we often think they are. I'm incredibly proud to call you my friend and I love you and Paige so much. Enjoy your moment and take as many mental snapshots as possible. This is something you will have forever. So proud. So blown away.

Jon Yasuda

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 13:37 PM

Deyl - you are AMAZING!!! That God-inspired "sprint" is a story you will be able to share the rest of your life to inspire others about the power of God. I remain in awe of your run and grateful for the monies that are being raised for Opportunity International. You're the MAN!

Seth Colby

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 13:43 PM

Nicely done compadre. While I was always confident that you would finish the race with flying colors, it has been inspiring to read about the challenge and the consequent transformation. You understand better than most now why the spiritual man leaves everything that defines him and goes to the desert to discover what he truly is. Parabéns. PS. Stop hating on the Brazilians yo.

Laura Wooster

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 14:47 PM

WHAT. A. BEAST. My mind is blown! Well played, sir. Wellllll played!

Mike Walker

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 14:51 PM

Well played DK. Huge effort. Loved the detail. Hard to tell yourself you can't do something now! Relish in your accomplishment my friend you have certainly earned it. Travel safe.

Byron Beck

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 19:02 PM

Deyl, we have had u on our minds and hearts. God HAS been your guide my friend!!! Out in the dessert. Now u really know what it is like to be "in the dessert". Bless u my friend I can't wait to here about your journey with Jesus!!! Wow!!!! See u soon:)
Muscle For The Hustle

1st November 2012 12:25 PM[(GMT-06:00) Central America]

You guys must have powerful prayers, because I think they were answered last night. Even though I only had about 12 hours to recover for todays stage, I woke up feeling amazing and with my appetite back. What a blessing! Lots of people were hurting yesterday (even the camels didn't make it!! Seriously!), so before I went to bed I spent a bunch of time giving thanks for all the ailments i haven't had to face. And I also had the realization that as hard as any day is out here for me, Opportunity International loan clients literally have harder circumstances to endure every day. It was good to get some perspective.

I ran from the beginning and found a really good pace that i was able to keep all day. I finished with a time around 5:40 in 25th place. But best of all, i felt amazing all day. I was running alone most of the day, and had lots of time to think, pray and give thanks. My body felt fresh and strong. I feel some blisters and soreness, for sure, but I am in awe at how much more i can do than i thought was possible.

I had tears running down my face here in our dusty cybertent as I read more than 60 new messages of encouragement from you all.Ive got SUCH amazing friends, community, and an especially amazing wife. Paige, you are a SAINT and I am so grateful for you and your belief in me. you all talk about me giving, but i feel like im the one on the receiving end. ive never felt so loved and supported, and i dont know that ive experienced such purpose. it is amazing experiencing life in such a raw way. Thank you all for being a part of it.

i seriously laughed and smiled thinking of summer and all of your guy's kids in their halloween outfits today! I am going to be a jack o lantern tonight by making a face with electrical tape on my bright orange jacket.

Tomorrow is going to further push my limits with a 50 mile + day. As I heard in a Wyclef song today "you gotta have muscle for the hustle." Ill definitely need more than that, so thanks in advance for your prayers. Much love to you all and thanks for all the corona offers :)

Comments: Total (55) comments

Ann Marie Stuart

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 03:23 AM

Dearest Deyl, Holding you in God's grace and saying this prayer for you as you run this awesome race! The Light of God surround you, the Love of God enfold you, the Power of God protect you, the Presence of God watch over you- Wherever you are. wherever you go, God IS and All is Well! Michael and I send you our love and celebrate your strength and courage!

Cliff Lundberg

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 01:08 AM

You're the man, Deyl. No question in mind you can make it and make it in style! Praying for muscle for the hustle. /Cliff

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 01:27 AM

Deyl if anyone's got muscle its you and between your Mom and me you've seen enough dancin real hustle ....and we all have faith....so you have everything you need for tomorrow!! Go Deyl!

Matthew Hess

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 01:32 AM

Heyl The Deyl!! Amazing news man...I prayed hard for your endurance and healing today; SO STOKED to hear that you felt more refreshed and free of ailments today than you were expecting. I've been meaning to tell you something for the past few days: YOU'RE KILLING IT!!! Way to go...in my positive thoughts all day long, I'm drinking Coronas everyday in your honor and will probably be hammered when you get back (j/k). Whether you finish it or not you're an amazing individual performing an amazing feat...*I'm pretty sure you'll finish it in flying colors. Keep us all updated over here!!! -L

Sarah Bardo

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 02:10 AM

so glad to hear you are feeling better! God is soooo good! praying tomorrow is as amazing for you!

Joe Ismay

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 02:40 AM

You can do it. God will be with you every step.

Tim Kearin

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 04:09 AM

Great job son! I knew you would bounce back. Thanks for the email. I tried to answer but it bounced back. Big day tomorrow but after the others I should all be downhill. Think of it as 5 - 10 milers and after each one, don't look back. You"ll do great but I can't wait til you're finished. Go getem' Dad

Manasvi Vora

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 04:56 AM

Mr. Kearin,I'm in Mr. Vincent's class and I think what you're doing is awesome.We'll keep following you till the end of the race.

Your Nemesis

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 04:59 AM

I cant think of any more Barneyisms to share, so i'll give you something to think about in your run tomorrow. 1 minute left in the heat and a set is approaching and you need a 10 to beat me AND your favorite judge is home with the flu. Scratch that... think about our cojo chumash session. A set is coming and you just watched me do a grab rail cutback in the pocket, in your face. You're frothing. Freakin' kill it tomorrow brother!

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 05:05 AM

Deyl- It brings me such joy and relief to read about your day. Praise God! So happy for a terrific day of feeling good. We are such bad judges of what is possible. I'll be praying for your 50+ miler...that you can feel health and wellbeing as you cover the miles. Pause and look at how you have been used and what you have accomplished! This race will soon be behind you! I'm praying for remarkable strength, health and power tomorrow. Here are some verses to power you. "When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way that Jesus did. It's the diligent farmer who gets the produce" 2 Timothy. "And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" -- Hebrews 12:1-2. Deyl- I’m all yours and eagerly awaiting for your return. Can't wait for that big juicy return hug....it will be the best! Can't wait for the big party where you get to tell your stories of trials and triumphs. I'm so in love with you and miss you dearly. Baby kicking lots these days, maybe he/she has got some of your power legs. Holding for a great report of a 50+ miler!! Go Deyl go!

Tonia Longobardy

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 05:23 AM

Hi Deyl--So good to hear you got a second wind! :) Good luck with the rest of your journey. It must be so beautiful and peaceful out there. I can't even imagine. Hope tomorrow brings many more blessings for you... Tonia

Faith Jensen-ismay

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 05:35 AM

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us all. How cool it is for us to be able to pray and be a small part of the quest God has placed on your heart. Perhaps you can take a few extra long strides in Grande Jete' style and feel like you're dancing & leaping across the desert for a moment. Much love and wishes for a beautiful day tomorrow, injury free, and full of more joy.

Michele Kearin

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 05:36 AM

Awesome Deyl! I love reading about your journey. I keep mom and dad updated. My small group girls and I prayed for you tonight and cheered you on. Keep it up cuz! You're almost there. Love you!

Ty Vernon

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 05:37 AM

Praying for you brotha! You are such an inspiration!

Scott Macrae

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 06:00 AM

Deyl, you have tomorrow locked down I have no doubts! Stoked to hear you are feeling better!

Lynne Tahmisian

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 06:03 AM

Deyl, We've never met; nonetheless, I am supporting you and with you in spirit and praying for your strength, energy and undaunting courage. You have all you need in Him! OI is a God-breathed organization. Thank you for all you are doing. Godspeed!

Matt Franklin

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 09:06 AM

I am in awe of your energy and efforts Deyl, shit yeah! Please resist the temptation to pick up any random logs and lift them above your head, a la Little Eden Cay styles. . Keep it up, we are keenly following your progress from down under. Kia Kaha brother. (stay strong)

Pablo Martinez

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 10:25 AM

You sure powered thru that stage. It is great to know you got your second wind. It is a trip to read your blog as it happens. I think you just passed to the next level of Ironman, physically and mentally.

Liz Mayer

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 11:30 AM

Woohoo! That's great Deyl! So glad you got your groove back and felt fantastic. I can't imagine a 5:40 run through the desert, but it sounds like overall a very positive day!

Linda Colby

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 12:40 PM

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn. Ps 18:33-36 Love you so.....you are almost there...." Whatever you do for the least of these...you do for Me."There are smiles in heaven for your efforts and pains.

Jacque Ryal

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 12:56 PM

Deyl! You are amazing! Or maybe I should say you are SUPERMAN! Sending you the best wishes on this wild ride! What you are doing is so inspiring! ROCK IT!

Abbi Antablin

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 13:28 PM

Big day, big heart! Thinking of and praying for you on my own (relatively pathetic) run today, Deyl! You are a rock star!!!! Thank YOU for all you are doing to raise awareness for Opportunity's amazing clients all over the world.

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 14:53 PM

Son, There you go...living life with gusto again! Way to nail stage 4! It was so refreshing to read your last blog. I am ultra confident you will use your wisdom and common sense for the 50 mile journey...you are strategic and strong.....a winning combination. You have built a better world already through your efforts with OI and you are a kingdom builder by setting an example to all of us who love you so much. I am so very proud of you. God bless you son as you complete this day. LOVE love love MOM

Leah Hendrickson

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 14:59 PM

Go Deyl go! Praying for you every hour today Deyl when the clock hits 50. So, at 7:50 prayed a prayer of strength and endurance. So proud of you and what you are accomplishing. Keep moving those feet Deyl. After today you are almost done! We love you! -Leah and Daniel

Colleen Kearin Reynolds

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 16:19 PM

I can't tell you how proud I am to share your name! You are such an inspiration! I truly look forward to meeting you and your beautiful Family. I have been telling my kids about you and we are all praying for your safe return! I will be donating to your effort very soon. Blessings for you!

Megan Stichter

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 17:20 PM

So glad to hear that you had a great day!! I am praying for another good day today, as you start the 50 miler. You are a BA. Just sayin.

Megan Stichter

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 17:26 PM

ps. I love that "breaking news" includes Deyl Kearin in an orange jacket with a face made out of duct tape... LOL. I bet the soda and candy tasted amazing!! I hope you chose Coke.

Brandon Friggione

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 17:40 PM

Dude- you're almost there! Let your motivation in this last leg be the families that you're helping move toward self-sufficiency. There's people out there that will send their kids to school and put meals on the table because of the ability God has given you! Finish strong brother!

Matt Rumford

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 17:48 PM

Praying for you, Deyl! I'm very impressed by what your doing...not just the physical aspect, but what you're doing it for. You're quite an inspiration. Love you bro and look forward to hearing more updates. - Matt

Shirley Madkins

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 18:09 PM

Your Mom just called me and told me that even as I write this, you may be through with your 50 miler!!! Praise the Lord for His sustenance and Grace that continues to provide your fuel. I am SOOO excited for you and as I told Mom this a.m. I think this is a total life-changer and that this experience/journey will catapault you into even bigger life lessons and God will continue to use you in a mighty way. Enjoy the victory run and the time after the race. Paige, you are amazing (and always have been) and I can't wait for your reunion with each other.... so blessed and sweet.

Tara Jones

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 18:18 PM

Deyl! Just saw on FB what you're doing out there and am so moved. This is such a huge undertaking that the Lord will bless/is blessing for sure! Keeping moving forward, dude!

Jon Yasuda

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 18:22 PM

Deyl - you are AMAZING!!! Your journey is so inspirational and i get tired just thinking about what you are doing. The Opportunity International clients thank you for raising awareness and funding on their behalf. May the Lord continue to give you the strength and health to finish strong!

Ryan Warner

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 18:32 PM

I run the path of your commands because you have set my heart free.... psalm 119. Get going brother... we can run because of Him.

Kc Morales-wilt

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 19:01 PM

Deyl!! WOWOWOW! We definitely missed you at the reunion. You're almost done, reflect in the journey and the beauty around you! Funny that we know of a guy nicknamed 'Simba' from South Korea running the race too. (He's friend's w a good friend of ours). Small world. ...You're definitely an inspiration. We want to donate to help your cause. This verse comes to mind especially if you start to feel 'alone' in the vastness of the desert. Isaiah 40:27-31 (msg) Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

Kristin Andress

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 19:05 PM

Pure heart and pure of heart - that's who you are, Deyl. You are serving thousands of people, not only through fundraising, but through being an example of what is possible, especially when we challenge ourselves. May this give you strength and continuing courage. Much love to you as you continue. God bless and Godspeed!

Maggie Crane

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 19:12 PM

There are very few people who push themselves so far beyond their perceived human limitations. As you do so, may you be carried on the wings of angels and KNOW without a doubt who is running the show.

Lance Schiffman

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 19:36 PM

I am in Awe of what you are enduring as I reflect from your blog, I have been in the agony of the moment and always repeat to myself "the pain is temporary but the finish is forever" you are setting the pace !!! Thank you. You are all Inspiring.

Paige Torres

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 20:02 PM

You are a true inspiration, Deyl! Keep up the good work and push through the pain...it's just a reminder that you're ALIVE! You're in the home stretch and everyone is rooting for you...I can only imagine how proud Paige, Summer, and Baby must be! Your journey is short (even though it feels long and torturous), but your stories will be told for a lifetime. Keep your eye on the finish line...you're almost there!!

Luke Bjoin

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 21:52 PM

Long Day aye!!! by the time you get this you will have completed the longest day of your life and completed what is the longest hardest day anyone could imagine!!! You should be so proud of yourself. I cannot wait to hear how it went, Im sure you rocked it!!! You are a light in this world and to everyone around you and it shows in every post on this blog!!! Only one more day after this!!! Kill it buddy!! Luke

Bill Cornwell

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 23:43 PM

completed 4 stages out of 6.!!!!! You are more than halfway. Hopefully your tenticity and endurance will make the last two stages seem like a down hill trip. Bill

Ken Colby

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 23:57 PM

I am so impressed with what you are doing! It really is inspirational. Doing something that is not only hard but hard for you as well shows a true commitment to the cause. I cannot wait to have you back in the states so you can give us the full story. Good luck with the rest of the race.

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 02:26 AM

Right On Deyl! By the time you read this it will be over, and what an adventure and achievement you have accomplished! Just saw quite a few of the pics posted for this 5th leg of the race. A few of you. You look so good and at ease, standing and smiling with those around you. Looks like you just casually walked up to some place for a fish taco and cerveza, no lie!!!Way To Go!!!!

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 02:46 AM

Hi Son, The photos from stage 5 look beautiful,. I wonder if the desert is as quiet as it looks. I wonder what music choices helped you through the 50 miles. You looked strong and confident in the photos you were in. We are all anxiously and impatiently waiting to see some results. Don't forget our signature move across a finish line....a cartwheel...but please don't rip a groin at the end doing something stupid! I know you wanted this 50 miler...I hope it took you to the place you wanted to travel inside yourself. Praying tonight for a healthy finish, a good night's sleep and a smile that you can't wipe off your face again. Love love love MOM

Chris Shane

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 05:44 AM

Hey buddy. Truly amazing watching what you are accomplishing. Tyler and Shelby send their power ranger power (Halloween) and wish you all the best. Can't wait to hear all of the stories. Keep the focus!!!

Beenda Cornwell

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 11:16 AM

Cheers for you and the team today! are any women running in this race? I bet you dream about sand when you return. You would be amazed at the devastation here on the east coast caused by Hurricane Sandy. Do you have access to news? Your run is a bright light in a crazy mixed up world. where many are dealing with broken dreams. We send you hugs and love and prayers for endurance lv, aunt B...

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 13:14 PM

IT'S HALLELUJAH TIME!!!! #55 finished stage 5 and is in 29th place! WOW MOM (when you flip wow upside down it's mom...I'm flipped upside down!) Deyl...just waiting to hear your words, thoughts and life changing experiences in that beautiful desert. What a finish son!

Tim Kearin

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 13:46 PM

Congrats buddy! Everybody was worried yesterday after not hearing for so long. All that is left is the victory lap. Wish I could be there to run it with you...well maybe just to see you finish. I'll be there in spirit. Great job!

Jon Yasuda

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 14:03 PM

Deyl - i am in awe that you finished leg 5 and you are still in the Top 30! With only the finishing leg remaining, may the Lord's angels cover you as you traverse over the final kilometers. Blessings to you!

Lauren Hawley

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 14:38 PM

Deyl, all of us in the Opportunity US office are praying for you and cheering you on! I am in awe of how far you've come, and now you're almost at the finish line. I hope you know how much of an encouragement you've been to all of us who are working to alleviate poverty around the world. Your hard work is creating a better world for Opportunity clients - THANK YOU!!!

Lee Neuenschwander

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 14:52 PM

We're here at Lindsay's this Friday morning getting the full report and praying for you...hang in there!

Kasey Sander

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 15:47 PM

Saw you kicked butt in stage 5! SO stoked for you. Can't wait to see you when you're back and celebrate!

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 16:28 PM

CONGRATS!!!!!!! Oh my goodness and Holy Smokes!!!!!Thank you Lord above ! You are ready for a celebration!!!!Great going Deyl!

Megan Stichter

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 16:44 PM

WOW!!!!!!!!!! I hope you enjoy your victory lap- you deserve it! You look great in the pictures... still got a smile on your face! The views look stunning. Can't wait to hear how Stage 5 went!

Jenny Deakyne

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 19:43 PM

Go Deyl, Go!

Amelia Gingold

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 21:36 PM

Keep pushing forward, Deyl. You're an inspiration to us all and everyone is so impressed, proud and motivated by your incredible accomplishments. You got this!! Much love from your friends at Sunshine Sachs.