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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.

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(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!
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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 :)
BLESSINGS!

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.
Walk4poverty

31st October 2012 01:46 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central America]

REALLY REALLY hard day. All of you that said i'm absolutely insane for doing this? I thought about you today and how right you are. I dont know why anyone would do this!

I woke up at the usual time (4:30am) feeling like I was in a bad car crash. I felt better after I got the blood moving, but had an upset stomach and no appetite. It was supposed to be the hardest terrain of the entire race today, so I was planning on taking it easy and walking the tough stuff. I ended up walking 90% of the course today, other than when i would dash behind a rock with my toilet paper, which happened consistently throughout the almost NINE hours I was out there. I've never worked out for nine hours straight, and I hope I never have to again. Oh wait, i get to do that again thursday :)

I hope to kick this little bug tonight and feel fresh tomorrow. The terrain was extremely difficult, with huge dunes, almost 27 miles of powder soft sand, and for the most part stifling heat. The best moment of the day was jumping into a natural spring at a monastery at the halfway point. Only shower all week! I had to dig really deep to keep pushing through the intense fatigue for so long. I spent a lot of time praying Isaiah 40 "they will run and not grow weary,they will walk and not be faint." I really hope I can run tomorrow as its extremely difficult to be on my feet for so long. 

My spirits are a lot higher now that im back to camp and after reading your comments and emails! not many blisters yet, but might lose a few toenails. Any fundraising updates? Paige and Summer, are you getting my emails? I think about you 3 all the time!!

Off to rest... i have to (get to!) get up and do this all over again in 12 hours. it sure is gorgeous out here.
Much love everybody

Comments: Total (89) comments

Dan Flanigan

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 01:57 AM

Half way done buddy! Your doing great. We're praying for you. Keep pushing.

Vanessa Felts

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 02:21 AM

D! I know your body is aching right now but you are almost half way done and your spirit and faith will give you more endurance than a year of training would. I've been praying for you and meditating on this verse: 1 Corinthians 9:24-- Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. You, my friend, are running in such a way by honoring God in your pursuit and in the trenches. The prize is not at the end of this finish line, but it will be even greater. Keep running! :)

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 02:46 AM

Deyl- Summer, baby and I send our love. We got your emails but I just learned that I can reply back. You should get consistent emails from us now. Sorry we're figuring out how to be good hometown support! This race is all about pushing through limits. That means when your beyond the end of yourself, you go further anyways. Your starting to find your limits and now it's time to push through them. There is huge reward awaiting you. This race is spiritual and not physical. DOn't be fooled. Our mind will tell you it's physical and play tricks on you, but it's just between you and God out there. Meditate on Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places". Listen to your spirit it will take you home. You were built for this - we have said that a million times - and you are. YOU ARE RIGHT WHERE YOU NEED TO BE. You got lots of fans here and everyone in our community is following you. I'll try to get an update on the fundraising goal and come back with a post. My love for you runs deep and I can't wait to be reunited. Just one foot in front of the other....just hang in to see a couple more sunsets and this will all be just a big story you can tell a million times over Thanks. for the blog updates. Keep posting. They come through inconsistently so if there is breaks in your comments it's because they aren't showing up...but know there is an army of support behind you.

David Jay

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:00 AM

Yes! You can do this man! Thinking about the kids and families that have been changed forever as a result of what you're doing brings tears to my eyes. The impact of this will go on for centuries. literally.

Sophie Spier

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:03 AM

Sweet boy, hang in there! What you're doing sounds AWFUL but what an incredible tale to tell. You are a true adventurer and are showing all of us lazy, spoiled Santa Barbarians what a real trojan you are! I always say that I don't run unless someone's chasing me - I hope that makes you chuckle. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right?! Well, what you're going through right now will make you He-Man! By the Power of Greyskull!! Do I hear a 2013 Halloween costume?! When I see you next, I will have an ice-cold Corona waiting for you! You're my hero, Deyl Kearin. Keep up the good work.

Yvonne Curtis

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:08 AM

Deyl - You are a true inspiration! Stay positive and during those difficult times, think of all those people that believe in you. You can do this and in the end, you will have accomplished one of the hardest things you'll ever experience. You are a true hero! Sending lots of good vibes from Seattle, WA! Wish we could bottle up some of this rainy, gloomy weather to cool you down...along with that Corona! :-)

Jason Finch

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:12 AM

Inspiring, man! God bless you. You are in our prayers! -Jason

Jennifer Reger

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:17 AM

Amazing that you are doing this!! I am so beyond impressed by your commitment and dedication! You can totally rock this. Praying for continued endurance for you, and peace for Paige and Summer as you are away!

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:19 AM

Keep it goin Deyl! We just got two of your blogs at onc time...must have been in cyber space for a while! Love Is 40 as I mentioned to you earlier.....one of my very favs when things seem extremely difficult...plus it uses the desert as metaphors ...make the path straight, the surface smooth etc.We are with you!!Dad says"Good luck Deyl!"

Tyler Jorgenson

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:19 AM

I hope you feel better, or at least have a soft two ply. I will think about you as I do my measly 2 mile run tomorrow. Hydrate and have fun.

Tim Kearin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:23 AM

Wow...what a tough day son! We've all been very worried about you. I read Brian's blog today...pretty depressing. I tried to give him some realistic encouragement. Nothing really tough comes easy. It doesn't sound like you could have prepared better unless you were a camel. I'm sure you know your limits but remember its not worth having serious consequences. The fact that you have sacrificed so much during your six months of training and gained so much support for OI is a great inspiration to all of us. I'm proud of you if you come home tomorrow. Keep the faith and "Godspeed". Love you son!

Michelle Aselstine (wiese)

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:24 AM

Deyl, We are so impressed by your strength and amazing heart. Sending positive thoughts your way. Please know we are thinking of you and believe that you can do it!!!! Love, Michelle Aselstine (Wiese), Mark and Jake

Anna Stump

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:26 AM

Deyl, Truly amazing you are!! Every day, for the last week actually, I think about you and your family many times over. This 6 days you are in the middle of must be unbelievably difficult. I remember with each baby born, there is a point where I feel like running away and having someone else take over! I am nearly sure this is what you are experiencing. The intensity of his race only to read about it is unreal- to be doing it , well- remarkable. I Don't know if this will help- but I hope it will. I read every book under the sun about natural childbirth and empowering oneself to move through the intensity. Only one mantra stuck with me in the most effective way. It was this. Every time a contraction hits, remember you are one step closer to meeting your baby. So, when all the intensity in the world seemed to be upon me- I just remembered the profile picture of our little one at 20 weeks and then, pushed on- literally. So, breath to a similar mantra with each 1/2 hr that passes. "with each step, I am closer to helping delete poverty and helping myself achieve a new PR!". It has to get really intense for it to mean something. That's life at its best. The limits always are the most celebrated. Sending prayers I healing your way and making a donation tonight!! Warmly, Anna.

Anna Stump

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:26 AM

Deyl, Truly amazing you are!! Every day, for the last week actually, I think about you and your family many times over. This 6 days you are in the middle of must be unbelievably difficult. I remember with each baby born, there is a point where I feel like running away and having someone else take over! I am nearly sure this is what you are experiencing. The intensity of his race only to read about it is unreal- to be doing it , well- remarkable. I Don't know if this will help- but I hope it will. I read every book under the sun about natural childbirth and empowering oneself to move through the intensity. Only one mantra stuck with me in the most effective way. It was this. Every time a contraction hits, remember you are one step closer to meeting your baby. So, when all the intensity in the world seemed to be upon me- I just remembered the profile picture of our little one at 20 weeks and then, pushed on- literally. So, breath to a similar mantra with each 1/2 hr that passes. "with each step, I am closer to helping delete poverty and helping myself achieve a new PR!". It has to get really intense for it to mean something. That's life at its best. The limits always are the most celebrated. Sending prayers I healing your way and making a donation tonight!! Warmly, Anna.

Lizq Mayer

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:29 AM

Deyl, you spirit and energy are inspiring to us all! Keep up the tough, awesome challenge. We all have great faith in you! And, as your dad said, you have already accomplished so much. Jeff, Garrett, Greta and I are all saying prayers for you!!

Brennan De Raad

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:29 AM

Deyl you are truly an inspiration! I'm praying for you and the bigger mission of your adventure. You can do it!

Jenny Deakyne

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:30 AM

Amazing Deyl! Dig deep and keep going. One foot in front of the other. Simple as that, right?? ;) Team Deakyne is keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. You are an inspiration! You'll have Halloween Rockband to make up for when you return. Go get 'em! xoxo

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:32 AM

Son, I am overwhelmed with emotion as you move through this challenge. I hear no fear in your voice so I know you are staying focused and will complete what you set out to do....blessing so many with your fund raising and blessing us with your courage. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Now go discover a deeper layer of yourself on this next run. God is with you and HIS grace is amazing! Love from home....and you know how good that love is! MOM

Ally Lynch

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:34 AM

Deyl- we are all so inspired and moved by the challenge you have taken on. You have raised $27,000 for Opportunity International's clients in sub-Saharan Africa. Every step you take raises more to fight global poverty and help mothers and fathers (like you and Paige) provided for their children and help transform their communities. You got this and we are all behind you!!! Help Deyl reach his goal of 50k -- contribute to his fundraiser at opportunity.org/sahararace.

Abbi Antablin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:37 AM

Deyl! You're at $27K and rising! You can do it! You are such an inspiration. You'll never work this hard again and you might remember each painful step---or forget them all in a blur--but this is worth it. I can't imagine what you are going through, but I know I'm not tough enough to do it. You are. One step at a time. You got this.

Brian Mcguckin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:42 AM

YOU DON'T KNOW WHY ANYONE WOULD DO THIS??? Because people like YOU care enough to go out there and make a difference!!! KEEP ON TRUCKIN!

Geoff Horn

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:55 AM

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:20-27 NIV84) DEYL, you are amazing. Today you are the valley but a couple days more and you will be on the mountaintop. Every step you take is an act of compassion for those you are helping. May God strengthen your feet and encourage your heart. Perseverance produces character and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint. God is using you to bring hope to many. Bless you!

Ginger Murray

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:56 AM

Go Deyl, go!!! Before you know it, you're going to have completed an INCREDIBLE adventure. Be sure to take it in and enjoy it the very best you can. What an awesome thing you're doing. (understatement)

Ashley Fisher

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:12 AM

You are AMAZING. All of those families that you're helping are truly blessed because of you. Keep it up! :)

Erin Vernon

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:12 AM

I will pray for a continual renewed spirit, as well as physical healing for you. It won't be long before you have that corona and massage!

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:16 AM

By Gosh Man...go ck out whats beyond that next dune, hill, valley go ck it out!!! You are in the friggin middle of the Sahara!!

Miranda Gerstel

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:18 AM

Hi Deyl!! I am absolutely amazed at your progress and dedication to this journey and its cause. I am praying for you and eventhough we have only connected through facebook since high school, I somehow know you can do this. Just remember, God will never give us more than we can handle. He is right there with you, guiding you on your path, find strength in Him. Thank you for this sacrifice you are making so others can have more. Way to go Deyl!!

Sarah Bardo

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:20 AM

all i can think is Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". and while it may seem cliche at times like these, it's cliche for a reason...bec it's TRUE. praying for you.

Margaret Learmonth

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:29 AM

What an amazing adventure that will be remembered to last a lifetime. Stay strong. You're on the home stretch. I have enjoyed following your journey. All the best. Margaret Learmonth

Chris Kates

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:33 AM

Deyl! I am so proud of what you have done do far. Inspiring others to pay attention to those in need. I echo what your dad said. If you come home tomorrow, you'll still be a hero. I hope you can feel the love and support from the states, but without any pressure to be superman. You are a rock and have inspired all of us with your accomplishment so far. I'm sure you are visualizing your celebration party already, with Corona's on ice. Praying for your safety and for your mind. Walk when you need to, take in the beauty and be thankful for this amazing opportunity. Hope the runs came to an end tonight so you will feel more hydrated tomorrow. Love you brother!!

Sarah Paskin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:36 AM

A few years ago my husband did an Ironman triathlon while I was pregnant with our second child and had a 3-year-old at home (sound familiar?). While it was challenging for all of us, the satisfaction at the finish line was like nothing we've ever experienced. And he holds that title forever. So from one endurance family to another (though you're WAY crazier), I can't wait for all four of you to be stoked on your accomplishment together. Go Deyl!

Mike Walker

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:44 AM

Atta Boy!! So proud of you. If it was easy it wouldn't be worth doing which by the way is a lot easier for me to say from my couch - but that's not the point. Sounds like you are doing great. Don't let the 50 mile day psych you out. You will crush it. Take care of yourself and we will keep the beer here cold for you. Godspeed mi amigo.

Krista Kieding

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:55 AM

You are amazing!! Keep fighting the good fight. Stay in the present moment and don't worry about anything other than putting one foot in front of the other.

Joshua Koh

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:08 AM

Deyl what you are doing is truly great and inspirational! Will be praying for motivation, strength, and healing for you as you continue and finish your journey.

Kasey Sander

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:09 AM

Brother! Sounds like you had a rough day, but don't forget that you got through it. You can continue to get through these next few days. Now is my time to tell you to "jump off black rock." You can do much more than you think you are capable of. You've told me that since I was a little girl and I think you are teaching a whole lot of people that through what you're doing. I believe in you. So many people believe in you. God equipped you with everything you need to finish your journey across the desert just as he equipped Elijah. Praying you have a rejuvenating sleep and praying that the next time you have to dig deep for your strength, it is an overwhelming strength that will keep you going. Wish I could send you a parachute! Love you!

Jason Copus

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:16 AM

YOU CAN DO IT!! Said in the voice from the guy in Happy Gilmore. - Phillipians 4:13 - I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Matt 4:1 - Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. - I keep thinking about Jesus in the desert fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. He understands and knows how you are feeling to the core. I think it's rad that you get to tangibly experience, in this way, a piece of what He endured. Lean on Him and he'll carry you through! Jesus, Moses, Joseph, David, Paul, Deyl Kearin- they were all tested and tried by the wilderness to serve the Lord for God's glory!

James Merrick

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:25 AM

In a Bible study with your sister and she has been keeping us informed. Wanted to let you know we are praying for you. One day at a time. One day at a time. Just focus on the day ahead and you will crush this.

Anna Jordan

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:32 AM

You are doing so amazingly well! We're praying for you and sharing this inspirational journey with everyone!! Tonight at homegroup we talked about how Elijah ran 120 miles and we were all like "Hey! That's just like Deyl!" - you're in good company. Elijah was kind of the man :) God sustained him, and He will sustain you! Keep up the good work!!

Skye Sander

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:36 AM

Deyl, I am praying that God gives you the strength to get up tomorrow and keep moving. Each step you take is making a change in someone\'s life. God will give you the strength to push through to the finish. ánimo!

Hillary Enclade

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:39 AM

You are an inspiration. Thank you for what you are doing. Keep going, you are almost there! Thank you for making my week.

Jeremy Vincent

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:47 AM

For God did not give you a Spirit of fear and timidity but one of love, strength and self discipline. DK you have the Spirit in you brother. Dig deep. We are with you in heart and prayer.

Megan Stichter

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:50 AM

From Facebook: Brennan de Raad, Brandon Friggione, Jesse Natale and 23 others like this. Crystal Hutchinson Deyl, you are amazing! I'll be praying for added strength for you tonight. Be safe! Be smart! Be wild! Love your passion friend. #inspiring 2 hours ago · Like Erica Porter Just envision your training grounds this summer in CR! My family has you in our thoughts! You're an inspiration!! 2 hours ago · Like Brandon Friggione Keep it up buddy- we're thinking of you in SB! 2 hours ago · Like · 1 Rosabeth Dorfhuber Deyl, I've been thinking of you and what a wonderful thing you're doing! I believe of all the people I know, you're the one who can do this! Hang in there big guy! You're fabulous!!! Thank you for taking on this challenge! xoxoxxox from SB! 2 hours ago · Like Donna O'Hara Jaquith Please, if you can, send a bit of a donation so he can see the amount of raised money has risen! 2 hours ago · Like Michele Kearin You have such an amazing heart Deyl and what you are doing inspires us all. We're so proud of you. We'll be praying for strength and endurance. You got this! Lock it up :) 2 hours ago · Like Kirsten Gaede Van Mourick You are such a stud!!!!!! You can dooooo iiiiiit!!!! about an hour ago · Like Michael Paskin Dig deep Deyl! about an hour ago · Like Lindall Stinson Way to go pal!!' about an hour ago · Like Lori Smyth Deyl, you and your mission are the first thing I think about when i wake up and I'm sending you as much loving energy as I can. All you can do is give it everything you can and that is what you are doing. So blown away by you. about an hour ago · Like Megan Stichter You all need to comment on the blog! That's the only way he see it :) about an hour ago · Like RyAnn Sudac I pray for strength for you. God is always watching us and provides the rest and strength we need. You are such an awesome inspiration! about an hour ago · Like Michael Beach You are f------ nuts and I love it! about an hour ago · Like Teresta Kearin So proud Cuz!!! about an hour ago · Like Kathryn Cooper Good luck!! 56 minutes ago · Like Matt Pourcho Decide. Commit. Succeed. You will succeed as the first two are checked. Almost there bud. 47 minutes ago · Like Jennie Neuron Wow! U r amazing! 33 minutes ago · Like

Tj Barrack

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:51 AM

Truly Inspiring!! One step at a time. Best of luck

Megan Stichter

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:56 AM

Toenails are overrated. We will have a (few) cold Coronas delivered to Paige for your arrival back home! Keep on pushing. By the time you get this, you will be in the final stretch. All mental... you can do this.

Jessica Villegas

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 06:12 AM

Deyl, you are inspirational beyond words!! Take it a step at a time, one foot in front of the other. Guaranteed I will be jumping up and down at the office as soon as we get word you've crossed the finish line. Stay strong! You can do it!

The Wanberg Family Go Deyl

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 06:12 AM

YOU are sO BRAVE!!! OuR whole family is rooting for you! WE all love and suppoRT you! Do not forget why you are doing this and the drive that has brought you here! YOU can and will dO this DEYL!!! The emotions that we feel while reading your post are indescribable :) Our love is sent to you and your girls plus one......We are aLL sO proud! GIANT HUGS FROM SANTA BARBARA!!! XO <3

Brad Conley

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 06:18 AM

You're a true inspiration bud.... You'll be in our prayers. All the best, stay strong!

Andrea Mayer

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 06:53 AM

Deyl, we had a very large tree fall in front of our house as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The tree completely missed the house but fell in the driveway. Steve and I spent the morning in the cold rain sawing it apart and dragging the pieces down the driveway. At one point in the middle it seemed like we'd never get through it, we were really wishing we had electricity (and a chain saw) and our cold soaking wet clothes were tempting us inside. My day challenge was nowhere near as difficult as yours (and for the record we have a clear driveway now) and it only lasted a morning (and not 7 days), but I wanted to tell you we're thinking of you and hope that in the middle when it's tough you stop, take in your view, remember your extreme ability to do this, the people who support you, and your ultimate goal. Thinking of you and proud to know you. Andrea & Steve

Pablo Martínez

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 08:08 AM

Incredible what You are doing. You are running with your year now And You have a great heart to acomplish it. We are with You

Eleanor Atherton

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 08:18 AM

I am in complete awe of you. You are suffering for the good of others. We are all so proud of you.

Seth Colby

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 10:01 AM

Brother, you are a stallion!!! Sounds like there intense moments of painful self-discovery. I am jealous (kind of)!. Glad to know that things remain positive and that you busting down the door. I would say that I will be the wing beneath your wings, but that just sounds weird. My prayers and thoughts are with you. My you find true company in the isolation of the desert.

Luke Bjoin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 10:34 AM

Hey Buddy! By the time you get this you will be done with another probably very hard day. You are not crazy for doing this. You are doing this because you can and for those who can't. Even if you weren't raising huge sums of money for an amazing cause everyone would be so proud of you. Stick to your plan and remember to hydrate no matter how crappy you feel and set small goals for yourself along the way and reward yourself when you reach them. You have to play mind games with yourself. Don't think about what you just did or what you are about to do, just focus on what you are doing at that moment! You are a well trained machine. Keep it up bud!

Gary Sander

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 10:46 AM

¡Sí, tu puedes, Deyl! From here in Medellín we are lifting you up. Let the Lord lift your feet up, you just put them down. Bendiciones. Gary and Mary Lou.

Aunt B Cornwell

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 11:46 AM

sorry you got put on the back burner by hurricane Sandi. we did Ok but had no Internet or cable for several days. Trudge, Trudge, Trudge..that's what comes to mind when I think of your grueling walk. Lots and lots and lots of time to think. wishing and praying for you. Love and hugs, aunt B

Linda Colby

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 11:53 AM

Deyl, e We are lifting you up in prayer!May the Creator of the Universe, heal your feet and body and lift your spirits high. May you experience His peace that passess all understanding. Dad and I are going up Thursday night to be with Paige and Summer for the weekdend. All is good. We love you.One step at a time.

Dan Nimlos

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 12:47 PM

As a two-time marathoner, I am amazed and inspired by what you're doing here, Deyl! God be with you and go before you the rest of the race.

Andrew Helms

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 12:58 PM

Keep it up man, such an inspiration.

Jon Yasuda

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 13:11 PM

Deyl - You're amazing and such an inspiration. I pray that you have been through the toughest day and the Lord provides the physical and emotional strength to power through the remaining days so that you "can soar on wings like eagles".

Whit Hazelton

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 13:36 PM

So inspired by your endeavor! Persevere! Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Daniel Bacquet

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 14:27 PM

You are doing great Deyl!!! I am so proud of you my friend and I want you to know that we are all praying for you. Love ya!

Laurie Zack

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 14:53 PM

You are truly an inspiration for what you are doing. After reading your current blog I meditated on my 5 mile run this morning about all the people you are helping by running for such a great cause. I know you will fight through these last few days and will have such an amazing feeling crossing the finish line. Keep smiling and know that so many people are praying for you and for what you are doing.

Dalai Lama

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 15:19 PM

Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-lagunga Deyl Translation: Run like the wind Deyl.

Reed Hartley

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 15:20 PM

Deyl, You passed $27,000 as of 8 AM pst. You are an inspriration to so many! Your perseverance is amazing. Keeping you and every challange you face in our prayers. Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Oswald Chambers

Sarah Tesch

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 15:40 PM

AHH-mazing Deyl! Each step you take is another's step out of poverty. One step - sent a child back to school. Two steps - sent a woman's proceeds into a savings account, her first ever! Three steps - bought potatoes in bulk to sell for profit at the market - profit means food on the table! Keep your spirit crying out for God's gentle and healing touch as you near the end with each step, carrying others with you out of deplorable circumstance and into the glorious light. We are with you. :0)

Brittany Mcinerney

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 15:43 PM

You can do it, Deyl! God be with you (for he already is!) Praying for you buddy!

Megan Stichter

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 17:25 PM

$27096 10/31/12 10:25am PST :)

John Kamperschroer

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 17:39 PM

May God be with you as you strive to accomplish this for those He loves so much! Thanks for all you are doing.

Stone Ranch Fifth Grade

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 18:16 PM

Mr. Kearin, We are following you from San Diego and we are on your team! We believe you can do it and are very impressed. We think it is cool that you are doing this to help people in need and it inspires us. We like how you are trying to reach your goal even though some people think you are crazy. We will follow you all the way. Cheering from San Diego! Dig deep!

Kara Scott

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 18:17 PM

I'm so glad to finally catch up on your race Deyl as I've been stuck at work the past couple of days. I wanted to give you a shoutout live on ESPN yesterday for this incredible thing that you're doing but they wouldn't let me, darn producers! You must be learning so much about endurance and perseverance right now. I bet you could teach a master class in it! I really admire how you push yourself to limits that you didn't even know you had. Most people in the world never find theirs. I have so much respect for you for taking this journey. You're one of the very strongest people that I know and I've always thought that. Sending you lots of love and good thoughts. I'll check back on your blog once I land in Italy and I can't wait to hear about this next stage. Kara

Leah Hendrickson

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 18:32 PM

Happy Halloween Deyl! You are such an inspiration to all! We love you, we are praying for you, and I know that you can persevere. You, Deyl Kearin, are making a difference. What a blessing to know you and to be supporting you during this time!

Reed Hartley

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 19:25 PM

Deyl, You just paseed the $28,000 mark at noon pst! That's $1,000 in the last 4 hours! One step at a time I like the challenge of trying different things and wondering whether it's going to work or whether I'm going to fall flat on my face. -Johnny Depp I'll bet Johnny never tried this! Go Deyl, Go

Opportunity International

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 20:00 PM

We are so incredibly thankful for your support Deyl! Your endurance and passion is such an inspiration to all of us here at Opportunity. Keep up the amazing work!!

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 20:46 PM

Just went to the results page and see you completed stage 4. WOW! Congrats! Good for you! We can't wait to get a blog update. Almost there! Rooting for you!! We are ecstatic! Yee haw! Hurray!

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 20:50 PM

Wow! Congrats Deyl on this 4th leg of race! looks to me you rose to number 30!!!!!Oh my! Very cool!

Shirley Madkins

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 21:07 PM

Deyl, I anxiously look at your blog several times a day, hoping for an update and am SOO happy you are able to stay so strong. You actually have me in tears right now as I can't even imagine doing what you are doing, but then again, you are truly one of God's VERY special creations, and were designed for this (and many other types) of journeys. Larry and I are praying for you continually and I'm so excited for you to cross the finish line and know that you made it through your tough training and our Saviour's grace. We love and respect you so very much.

Adele Nandan

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 21:18 PM

Deyl, You are such an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for pushing yourself for Opportunity and those living in poverty. I can't believe how many people you have already touched! We are praying for you!

Cynthia Greenwood

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 21:19 PM

Dear Deyl, you don't know me but I work for Opportunity International and I'm rooting for you!!!When you're out there accomplishing this really amazing feat, I hope you will think about all the women and men whose lives are going to be so much better because you stepped out of your comfort zone and took a huge risk. I am praying for your success and your safety. Remember Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Praying for you.

Henri Haber

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 21:20 PM

Thank you for your heart for the people who live and work in chronic poverty. Your efforts are will impact the lives of many now and for years to come. An amazing feat, you may be setting the world's record! Someone needs to contact the Guinness folks if they have time: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/how-to-apply/

Luke Bjoin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 21:32 PM

Dude 5:34 on stage 4!!!! Great Job!!! Looks like you are feeling better. Keep it up buddy!

Allison Kooser

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 21:41 PM

Deyl, You are such an inspiration! All of us at Opportunity are so proud of you and your amazing feat to improve the lives of our clients around the world. I've been sharing your story with the entire Young Ambassadors for Opportunity network, and we are all cheering you on! Keep on keeping on--praying for you and inspired by you every day! Best, Allison Kooser Manager, Young Ambassadors for Opportunity

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 21:56 PM

just saw a recent pic of you ...looking strong and smiling! That's Deyl! with a 12 pack of abs ,yup! Go Deyl!!

Tim Probasco

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 21:57 PM

Deyl, I'll be flying over you on Saturday, heading into Uganda. So thankful to you for your INCREDIBLE commitment. As we see clients in Uganda and Rwanda I will be telling them about your commitment to help raise money so they can have the loans. You are a TRUE PARTNER. God Bless, Tim Probasco, Opportunity Laguna Niguel, CA

Jon Schoff

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 21:58 PM

You are the strongest man I know, you got this! Just know we are all praying for you and your blood and sweat is changing lives!

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 22:02 PM

Deyl, Stage 4 and your time was awesome! Your body is serving your spirit WOW! I know you have an optimistic and enthusiastically free spirit....that is the essence of your style. I love that about you! You are amazing and I am so proud of you! What will you do with stage 5? Rest well and then put your warrior gear on and do this son. I am so confident you can. Feel the love from everyone in your life and multiply it by a thousand....that's how much I love you. Dad and I are with you all the way to the end! I pray that peace that surpasses all understanding comes into you tomorrow. When your footprints no longer make a dent in the sand then we all will know God was carrying you! That delivers hope to us and strengthens our faith. Love love love MOM

Tina Turner

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 22:12 PM

LIGHT AND BRIGHT! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Why couldn't the skeleton do the Sahara Race???? Because he had NO GUTS!!!!!!!! ( I hope you dressed up and made me proud!) Tina Turner

Ed Wimberly

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 22:19 PM

Wat to go deyl! I admire your vision n perserverence. As the going no doubt gets a bit tougher keep in the forefront of your mind the many many prayers that go before you and hold you up. But let's face it. Much easier for us to pray for you than it is for you to be you!!! Ed Wimberly

Rob Crawford

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 22:56 PM

Way to go Deyl!

Ryan Warner

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 23:06 PM

Further up, further in.... Come on brother!

Greg Roth

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 01:03 AM

May the grace and comfort of His holy spirit rest and abide upon you Deyl. Thousands of people living in poverty and all of us here are cheering you on. Blessings and His peace, GER
Wow I'm Sore!

31st October 2012 01:26 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central America]

Wow. Today was extremely tough physically, but mentally i was really strong. It was a 26 mile stage and there was tons of heat, incline, soft sand, and more heat. I was able to run around 80% of it (if you consider 17 minute miles running)! I feel really good about how I finished though. I took the same strategy as yesterday and started slowly, got my rhythm, and then picked it up through the day. at checkpoint 1 I was in 37th position but I was able to cross the finish line with my buddy Brian Townsend in a time of 6:12 in 18th place again. And yes Josh, thats an objective number.

My pack felt twice as heavy and I felt a lot more fatigue. My spirits stayed really high as every time i felt pain, i thought "this is why i came!" It also really motivated me to think about the funds that are being raised for people in need. If there's any way any of you can parachute in a gift like in The Hunger Games, I'll take an ice cold corona with a lime please.or a massuese. thanks in advance

Now im 50 miles in, about 1/3 the way done, but i think probably only 10% of the actual race is done as the first two days are the easiest. Tomorrow is suppposed to be a very tough course with lots of sand dunes and thick sand. My body is crazy sore and i'm barely walking. but my spirits are soaring and i think that will help carry me.

Can someone give me a fund raising update? When I left, we were at $22,000 and I realized that is only 110 kilometers. I will cross my 110th kilometer tomorrow! I need some big money in to keep me going!

Thanks everyone for your support and comments. They mean so much!

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Megan Stichter

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 01:32 AM

26776 as of 6:30 PST 10/30/12 Looks like you need to keep running! :)

Josh Stichter

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 01:51 AM

Thanks for the shout out man! I finally made it in life :) Dude, you're a freakin animal...and you had better keep it up. Chumash warriors experienced a similar spiritual journey called, "hwen e me barn ay." Few could handle it, but those who could abide, became legends of the hidden temple. Nickelodeon later made a show about it; you may have seen it, I don't know. Have you seen any cool mirages yet? Irie. How about some freestyle walking on the dunes? Maybe if you get really tired tomorrow you can mix in some method grabs to lighten the mood and keep it "fresh;" just trying to help. On a serious note, keep up the good work. It's really awesome what you're doing and I'm excited hear about Day 4. AROOH!

Sukantika Donovan

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 20:53 PM

Deyl, we are so very proud of you and so very grateful for what you are doing. You are changing the world with each and every step you take. Each step brings more light, more love, more peace and more opportunity to the world at large as well as to our clients specifically. I can hardly imagine how difficult it is, although I have done mini-ultra marathons. Your determination, your heroic efforts will not be forgotten by us or by the heart-beat of the world. Gratitude, Sukantika
Runnin Down A Dream

29th October 2012 01:44 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central America]

The first song I heard when I turned on my ipod around mile 8 was tom petty’s ‘runnin down a dream’. It felt appropriate as today was a dream day.

I didn’t sleep too well, partially because I haven’t been working out as much so my body wasn’t tired. That was about to change big time. The biggest surprise was that one of my best friends in the world sent his wife tammy and her friend to see me off at the starting line. They flew 4 hours from dubai and drove 3 hours into the desert just to cheer me on. How amazing is that? It pumped me up beyond belief and kept me going strong all day. Seriously, how amazing are they?? They are incredible friends and I am overwhelmed with gratitude, once again.

The first hour of running I spent praising God for the beauty of His creation and for the ability to run and in prayer. I went out pretty slow and steady and the first hour or two wasn’t too hot and the terrain was easy. The last thing I wanted to do was blow it out in the first hour of a 7 day event. After checkpoint 2, it started getting very hot and the terrain got more difficult. I was able to keep up my pace, and even increase it some. I was still feeling great at hour 3 and was able to keep running in over 100 degree weather on some steady, sandy inclines. I wish I had more words to describe the beauty.

I ended up with a top 20 finish with a time around 4:41. That’s the longest time ive ever run in my life. I crossed the finish line with a big smile and in disbelief at my good placing. I'm not going to let it go to my head, as it’s a long race and the days are just going to get harder. Thank you for all your prayers! I felt lifted up all day. Im super grateful for no blisters, chafes or injuries. The food is tasting good and the pack is getting a little lighter.

Thank you all for your comments and emails. They are so encouraging! I feel the love all the way in the sahara!

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Barney Stichter

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 02:22 AM

Nice work today buddy. 20th place is badass. Was that according to race officials or was it the same judge that scores your waves in our surf comps? Sounds like your planning and experience did you well today; keep up the mental toughness and I'll bet you'll continue to perform among the race's elites. No doubts from me!

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 04:05 AM

Just amazing! Your post is wonderful to read, and how cool that you placed in the top 20...right on Deyl! :-)

Kasey Sander

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 04:08 AM

Way to go bro! I am fully confident you are going to keep kicking butt! Stay strong, focused, and thankful. And just remember that there is a freezing, cold ocean waiting for you when you get back :) Go, go, go! One day at a time!

Megan Stichter

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 04:23 AM

Barney is such a Barney!!! Good job today- you sound like you are running a very smart race. Keep it up!

Landon Hess

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 04:41 AM

Barney truly is a BARNEY (& his wife clearly agrees)...20th place for Day 1 is STELLAR. You were certainly missed at Westmont this wknd. From the first time I ever met you however, I knew that your lifelong/standard body fat percentage of .001% would serve you well you lucky bastard!!! Keep your head held high, you are performing an amazing feat of human achievement. KEEP KILLING IT!!!

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 05:03 AM

Deyl, WOW....what a first day! Runnin down a dream....love it! Way to go Tammy for showing up and cheering you on! Keep movin cause your spirit is movin ya! I have no doubt that you will dominate this race. You are connected to the energy of the creation around you so enjoy the spiritual path...it will feed you. Be bold and stay healthy! MOM

Dominique Hernandez

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 05:03 AM

Sí, se puede! :) What a heartwarming read! Have an epic adventure! With every stride, YOU are making a difference! Prayers with you. <3

Kara Scott

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 06:17 AM

What a fantastic start! You're a real inspiration Deyl and not just for what you're doing, but also what you're doing it for. You are one of the most motivating people I've ever met and you're reaching me a lesson in gratitude through hard work, right now. Have a great day two - I'm hoping for more beautiful scenery to feed your heart.

Andrew Helms

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 08:23 AM

Nice work man, enjoy the desert!!

Liz Mayer

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 12:49 PM

You are awesome, Deyl! What an inspiration you are to the rest of us!

Jon Yasuda

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 13:06 PM

Praise God for the fantastic start! May He continue to be with you the rest of this week. You're an amazing guy!

Laurie Hadley

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 00:59 AM

Deyl, so awesome to read of your remarkable adventure! As you continue your journey remind yourself of Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" It carried me through my journey!! God's blessings on you! !

Sophie Spier

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 14:55 PM

SO proud of you! You are a MACHINE!

Pablo Martinez

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 15:33 PM

Way to go Deyl! 1 down, 5 to go

Lauren Hawley

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 15:52 PM

Great job, Deyl! Everyone at Opportunity is so encouraged and proud of your run. I'm praying for continued strength and good health!

Tammy Le-bjoin

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 16:23 PM

Way to go Deyl! It was amazing to get to see you! We were so glad to find you and thought about you all day wondering how you were doing! Thanks for being so great and inspirational! Don't forget the treats we left with Ross and yes, Allison and I do this all the time.... chase down triathletes and marathoners all over the world...ask Luke about Abu Dhabi one day...;-)

Ken Colby

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 17:07 PM

Sounds like you are doing GREAT! Keep it up, stay healthy!

David Jay

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 17:17 PM

Yes! Keep kicking butt!

Jeremy Bodenhamer

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 17:49 PM

We are really enjoying reading your updates. Stay strong. We are praying for your success daily! The Bodenhamers

Jeremy Bodenhamer

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 17:49 PM

We are really enjoying reading your updates. Stay strong. We are praying for your success daily! The Bodenhamers

Jeremy Bodenhamer

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 17:49 PM

We are really enjoying reading your updates. Stay strong. We are praying for your success daily! The Bodenhamers

Jamie Krauss

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 18:41 PM

Good luck, Deyl! Your team at @Health_Warrior is behind you! Go get 'em!!

Chris Kates

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 21:38 PM

Well done Deyl! So glad to hear you do not have any annoying injuries to distract and slow you down. Hope day 2 is Boeing well for you and that you slept all right. So fun to be able to read your updates.

Janet And James Brown

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 23:05 PM

Praying for you and your strength to finish each day with God's grace to carry you to the next day. Keep the faith and know prayers are sent your way.

Landon Hess

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 23:24 PM

Hope Day 2 was on-track with Day 1...so proud and impressed, keep looking to The Lord for your inspiration and you'll finish strong!!! Can't wait for more updates friend. Love you Brother!!!

Ken Robertson

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 02:36 AM

Nice job DK! Chipping away at it - look forward to reading this blog every day. KR

Skye Sander

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 04:20 AM

You got this hermano! I am so proud of you! Keep it up.

Shirley Madkins

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 04:51 AM

I set my phone for 9 hours ahead of me so I could pray specifically for you while you are running and enjoying God's creation. Couldn't be more proud of you. I know you will come back with an even stronger perspective of God's sovereignty and His path for you!!!

David Jay

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 05:40 AM

Please update your blog more. I've been sitting around all day waiting for updates and it's exhausting.

Erin Vernon

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 07:33 AM

Deyl, I am amazed. I got to hang out with your two beautiful girls today, and it was so fun to hear how proud Paige is of you. I think you must've been given a true gift from God to have a body and mind capable of such a feat as this. Take it one step at a time, and God is running with you!

Linda Colby

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 10:09 AM

"I am with you, even to the ends of the Earth." " I am the ever present Shepherd." I know you are hearing God's glorious bells as you run....I am with you, I am with you, I am with you. Love, Mom Colby

Mayer Family

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 12:31 PM

Keep up the good work...Michael, Matthew, Katherine

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 13:07 PM

I know we are gazing at the same moon son but it still feels like you are so far away. I'm with DJ......another blog update would be great! You looked awesome at the start line.. I saw you in the video! Let's hope that smile is still on your face! Love love love, MOM

David Jay

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 15:55 PM

Seriously Deyl - your mom and I are both asking for more updates. You're only running four hours a day so you should have plenty of time. Stop slacking off dude. :) j/k Love you lots bro! You're freaking incredible!

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 16:18 PM

Go Deyl! Am recalling racing in Baja,with non/Poquito :-), and how the same daily miles could effect me so differently depending on the conditions of the trail, heat etc...blisters etc., but next day was a new day/unbelievable adventure so its off again!!Exciting! blog us you are too tired to blog if you are...Love, Dona O'Hara-Jaquith

Megan Stichter

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 16:34 PM

I agree with DJ- we need an update! But, I did find the pictures online and they are awesome!! You are looking great and the scenery looks insane. Hope Day 3 goes well. ps. Giants won the World Series and there is this girl named Sandy wreaking havoc on the East Coast. Still sunny in SB.

Luke Bjoin

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 17:04 PM

You are such a Stud!!! Way to go, I cant believe you turned in a 4 hour marathon thorough sand on your first day!!! We are all so blessed to know you and be able to follow you on your amazing adventure. Tammy go some good pics of you they will be posted soon!!

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 17:16 PM

Wow! You are my hero! What a great report. You are built for this. Baby and I are doing fine and Summer is doing great! We miss you lots and can't wait to have you home with us. We are with you in prayer and thoughts. We are ready to have you home but this post brings us such joy and excitement. You have all our love and support. Run like the wind and give your burdens to God. You have always been so easy to please when it comes to food.

Cole South

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 19:24 PM

Great job in stages 1 and 2 Deyl! Stay strong and have fun.

Crystal Hutchinson

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 21:51 PM

My eyes were filled with tears as I read through this email. I'm not sure that it means anything for me to say how proud I am of you.. but I will say in anyway. I'm SO PROUD OF YOU!! This is such an incredible, life-changing event you are apart of. You are truly wild at heart my friend and I am cheering you on and praying for your health all the way from Nashville, TN. May God bless your journey and may you feel Him next to you every second. Blessings, Crystal

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 22:43 PM

Great Goin' Deyl!!!saw the postings for the 3rd leg of race and you are STRONG!!

Steve Mayer

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 22:55 PM

Way to go Deyl...keep it up! We're thinking of you along the way.

Mike Walker

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 23:32 PM

Nice work DK!! Way to go after it. I thought you said it was going to be hot over there. Looks down right chilly. We are pulling for you in the office. We have tequila shots all set up to celebrate the completion of your 50 mile leg so the sooner you get that done the better as we are getting thirsty. We have Bill in charge of monitoring the countdown. Godspeed mi amigo travel swift.
Made It To Camp

28th October 2012 12:31 PM[(GMT-06:00) Central America]

After a 4 hour busride, we arrived at camp. Tents are set up over a beautiful lake. Watched a beautiful sunset then got situated and ate dinner.Beautiful almost full moon over the lake. I ate your chili Mike. Better not give me issues or youre a dead man :) j/k
Everyone is so friendly and interesting. Excitement is high as everyone is full of energy and ready to hit it hard tomorrow morning. Weather doesnt sound too hot from the reports, so im hopeful that Ill be able to keep a good pace. I feel ready, strong, and full of purpose. Im so thankful for the opportunity to do this. I can't wipe the smile off my face! we'll see how long it lasts right!?
Big shouts out to all the YAO participants and Opportunity International supporters in Scottsdale at the Conference! Thank you for all your enthusiasm and support Opportunity International. Also, shouts out to all my Westmont Classmates at our 10 year reunion! Miss you all!
Thank you all for your comments and encouraging notes. It means a lot!

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Paige Kearin

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 03:20 AM

We're rooting for you Deyl and send all our love. Summer says "you should drink coconut water with ice so you don't get too thirsty". :-) We feel your excitement from here. And Summer, baby and myself are doing great.

Kara Scott

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 04:14 AM

So excited for you Deyl! Thank you for letting so many of us be a small part of this huge thing you're doing. I'm so proud of you, my friend! Stay well, sending you good thoughts and looking forward to reading all of your updates from my crazy little world in Las Vegas!

Tyler Jorgenson

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 04:25 AM

Good luck Deyl. You're a beast of a man, inside and out. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jenny Deakyne

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 04:38 AM

Ole...Ole, Ole, Ole! Go Deyl, Go Deyl! Cheers from Team Deakyne! xoxo

Chris Kates

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 04:52 AM

Feel like we're there with you Deyl! Love that we can get updates from you. Glad you're feeling good and ready. Did you remember to strap on the GoPro? This crazy journey of yours needs to be documented! Praying for no injuries. Remember that you have to bury your poop -- read that in the rules :)

Dad Kearin

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 05:37 AM

Go gettum' son! Remember, there is no 2nd place....unless there is more than one runner. You R ready! Think of all of the entrepeneurs you are creating. Amazing! I know how hard you have worked for this. In my mind there will only be one winner...You...and the great great cause you support. I still say " when I grow up, I want to be just like you". God Bless!

Linda Colby

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 06:00 AM

What a thrill to be there with people from all countries running across the Sahara! YOU are making family history! Your children will be talking about this their whole lives, as will we. Love and Cool thoughts.

Megan Stichter

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 06:27 AM

Deyl! We are so excited for you to begin this epic journey. Enjoy the first day and soak it all in! Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint. Oh wait.. we may have to change that phrase since you are running so many marathons!

Landon Hess

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 07:16 AM

Big D...you are a monster(among other things,) having consisted of approximately 1.5% body fat since I met you late in August of 2008. I cannot wait to follow your progress on this mission...BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR START TOMORROW!!! Keep them trancy tunes on eardrum blowout level. I love you brother!!!

Crystal Hammans

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 12:01 PM

Way to go, Deyl! Will be thinking and praying for you as you run! Absolutely incredible! Crystal :)

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 16:58 PM

Deyl, Praying for you reading: Isaiah 40 ...lean in to the Lord and let those eagle wings lift and carry you !!!

Pablo Martinez

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 19:28 PM

Go Deyl, I hope your first day was awesome....next sunday you stop running and i will start running in NY. Focus you CAN DO IT!

David Jay

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 20:14 PM

Your blog needs more pictures or I'm going over to Brians. :P

Vanessa Felts

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 22:08 PM

You are probably in the midst of one well-deserved night's sleep right now. Just 6 more days to go!! You are an inspiration Deyl. Love you and praying, my friend!

Jeremy Vincent

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 22:46 PM

DK. . .the "man in the arena"/desert. Dont forget I bought that 250KM. May all our prayers fuel your legs. Landon says, "go Jesus"

Laurie Hadley

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 01:19 AM

Deyl, remarkable adventure continues. I am visualizing "footprints " when Almighty God carries us whithout our knowledge. HiHis lovingHis loving hands hold you. His loving hands hold you now!xoxo Laur

Brennan De Raad

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 16:14 PM

Isaiah 40:30-31!
Fundraising Update

27th October 2012 08:12 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central America]

Heading out to the desert on the bus in a few! Right now, I'm at $22,000. I'm remaining positive that we can still hit my goal of $50,000! It would be a dream to get that news when I cross the finish line :) Here's some great publicity we got right before the event: http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/trending/post/_/id/10134/calif-man-to-run-6-marathons-in-6-days http://www.keyt.com/sports/local/Santa-Barbara-Man-To-Run-For-Charity-In-The-Sahara-Desert-175684751.html#commentform Off we go!

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David Jay

Posted On: 27 Oct 2012 19:20 PM

That is so cool you were on ESPN. Such a stud! You're doing an amazing thing!

Brenda Cormwell

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 16:50 PM

be sure to save some of that enthusiasm until the end of trace. your east coast family is cheering for you!

Teresta Kearin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:45 AM

You are amazing Cuz! So Proud!!!!!
Final Day Of Prep

26th October 2012 07:37 AM[(GMT+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna]

Heading to bed after a day of final packing and refining. Tomorrow we do orientation and gear check and then we're bussed out to the desert to our 1st camp. I'm so amped! I love this quote leading into this week: “Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never pushed through the obstruction.” William James Here's to finding that ease and power... Lord willing!

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Reed Hartley

Posted On: 27 Oct 2012 05:58 AM

Deyl, You are an inspiration to us all here in Scottsdale. We are keeping you in our prayers!
Over The Mediterranean

25th October 2012 03:31 AM[(GMT+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna]

I’m flying over the Mediterranean right now en route to Cairo. I’m filled with excitement and some emotion as I’m in the final days of a six month journey. A lot of people have asked if I’m nervous, and though I’m sure I’ll have race day butterflies, my answer has been no. I’m approaching this event more like an adventure instead of a race. In adventures, you take things as they come, remain flexible, and prioritize “drinking in the experience”. In races, you have to perform. I’m hopeful that I can maintain this perspective and remain present the whole time. I’ve met a fellow racer on the plane from Toronto named Jeff and it’s been fun talking about all the little things that only racers care about: gaiters, sleeping pads, dehydrated food strategies, etc. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude at all the encouragement, prayers and support I’ve gotten from my community before I left. I must have literally hundreds of people who have committed to pray for me and encourage me through the event. When I left, almost $20,000 had been donated! That’s still quite shy of my $50,000 goal, but I’m remaining optimistic that support will keep coming in as I’m racing. It would be the best news in the world to hear at the finish line that my goal had been reached and that many more families would be impacted. Keep sharing it: www.run4poverty.org I’m excited to see my racing buddy Brian Townsend in Cairo. The plan is to catch up on sleep, get acclimated, pack and repack a few times to try to shed some ounces from my pack, and probably go for a short jog or two just to get the blood flowing. Saturday is racer orientation and then we’re all bussed out into the desert to our 1st campsite. Sunday at 8am is the start of the actual race, but in my mind the final days of a 180+ life changing adventure.

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Andrew Helms

Posted On: 26 Oct 2012 07:50 AM

Deyl, welcome to the Middle East. When you are in Cairo, definitely hit up the Khan al-Khalili market just for the experience of it. There are a few mosques there you can tour as well. Stoked to hear about your adventures and race!

David Jay

Posted On: 25 Oct 2012 18:46 PM

Incredible! We're all cheering you on! Love you tons and have been so inspired by you ever since the day we met!

Linda Colby

Posted On: 26 Oct 2012 13:31 PM

Perfect mind and spirit positioning......that is one of your gifts.....so perfect for this time to Run 4 Poverty. Surely the Lord is with you.

Aunt B

Posted On: 27 Oct 2012 02:00 AM

the sun may be hot, the dessert arid but you..may you body stay strong and your mind cool! always wishing you a good run. God Speed!

James Brown

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 23:18 PM

Deyl, What a great spirit you have not to mention a very strong body. Congratulations on a great first day. May God be with you and keep you healthy and strong to the finish.
Race Indulgences

9th October 2012 10:45 AM[(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time(US & Canada); Tijuana]

Hi fellow racers, In reading a lot of past blogs and talking to other RTP veterans, I've heard a lot of them recommend having 1 or 2 food "indulgences" each day. I like the thought behind it, but I'm struggling to think of good ideas that are practical to carry. I thought I might open up a the discussion to see what other people might be bringing as food treats to look forward to during the competition. A few I've thought of are: Lays salt and vinegar potato chips snickers bar skittles other candy bars flask of rum (maybe a little too excessive) Any other good ideas?

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Vanessa Felts

Posted On: 24 Oct 2012 03:13 AM

Well, I am just your trusty neighbor sitting in my living room snacking on Dark chocolate Almonds with Sea salt and Turbinado sugar (from TJ's), but I think they would be a perfect treat. ;)

Alina B

Posted On: 10 Oct 2012 02:08 AM

Hi Deyl, I crave salty foods in the desert, so my favorite item is crushed up crisps (salt and vinegar is a great option). Some competitors bring salami and cheese, though I'm not sure how the food items withstand the heat. One friend brings a couple of cans of tuna (though heavier). My other "go tos" are beef jerky, sachets of chicken noodle soup, instant noodles, Snickers bars and hot chocolate sachets for the evening. Hope thing starts the ball rolling! Cheers, Alina

Jon Gannon

Posted On: 10 Oct 2012 02:49 AM

I'm looking to bring small nutella packets, milo, different flavored chips, mentos, gummy bears and instant noodles with seaweed on the side... I don't know what works, so going with what i like ;-)

Sandy Suckling

Posted On: 11 Oct 2012 05:07 AM

Hi Deyl,I would go with the salty chips. I never eat them normally but in all three of the events I have done have absolutley craved them along with a cup of soup...yes even in Sahara loved the soup. Very light weight to and you can crush the chips so pack really well. Enjoy the journey it is amazing Sandy

Aaron S

Posted On: 11 Oct 2012 10:32 AM

You will want as much variety as possible. Swedish Fish Pepperoni Pretzels Almonds Cashews Trail Mix Anything sweet, salty, spicy, savory. Eventually during the race, your body will completely refuse one of these tastes. Good plan to have something different to fall back on. After day 4 I couldn't stand another camping meal. I think total for Gobi I had about 16,000 calories with me. Next race I'll probably bring less, say 15,000 or so. I was really surprised at how little I actually wanted to eat. Salt tabs are hugely important. I set the timer on my watch and took one every 45 minutes I was on the course. Best of luck.

Steve Stewart

Posted On: 11 Oct 2012 15:09 PM

You will crave salt when you are out there so salty chips are good. Some people bring salami and cheese for a treat. Some people bring a small bottle of wine for the end. Best of luck.

Margaret Krempff

Posted On: 12 Oct 2012 05:21 AM

I did RTP Jordan in May , and went to the market in Amman before the start and bought olives, fresh mint and cucumbers to take with me during the race. The cucumbers went on day 1, but the olives were priceless at the end of the day, shared amongst my wonderful tent mates. The mint lasted well in the dry heat and was great added to my water. I get tired of sports drink so relied mainly on Endurolytes caps for salts. I also relished my beef jerky, next time I'd take more, and hot chocolate for the evening and instant soup for dinner time. Like others have said, I found my appetite was not great so tasty things are good, and try and eat a big breakfast of muesli or oats. I used Expedition foods and it was fine. Good luck, you will love it!

Deyl Kearin

Posted On: 12 Oct 2012 17:44 PM

Thanks Everyone! I'm wondering if an apple fritter donut will taste good around day 4. hmmm, maybe i'll do some experimenting this weekend :)

Brian Townsend

Posted On: 12 Oct 2012 18:51 PM

I am bringing salt and vinegar potatoe chips.
Feeling Ready!

2nd October 2012 11:35 AM[(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time(US & Canada); Tijuana]

Less than a month and I'm feeling ready! I wish the race were this weekend. It's been a great couple months of training since I last posted. Since I got back from Costa Rica, I've upped my mileage and have been putting in a lot of miles on the local beaches in the thick sand. Santa Barbara has some great stretches of uninterrupted beaches at low tide. Yesterday I ran 20 miles on the same stretch of sand. Gorgeous. I've also been getting in at least one Bikram Yoga (hot yoga) per week. Training in Death Valley has been the most grueling and subsequently the most helpful of all my training. My fellow competitor and great friend Brian Townsend and I have done a few trips out there, camping in the dirt and running the Mesquite dunes during the 115-120+ degree heat. The heat was relentless, and really got me focused on hydration and electrolytes. Fundraising has been a lot of fun. My website/video is at www.run4poverty.org. Let me know what you think! We're already up to 12,000 USD and I hope to exceed my goal of 50,000 USD by race day. It's been fun reading up on fellow competitors. I look forward to meeting you all out in Cairo! Happy tapering!

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Jon Gannon

Posted On: 04 Oct 2012 00:51 AM

your update helped motivate to keep me pushing with the training. See you there.

Brian Townsend

Posted On: 04 Oct 2012 01:10 AM

Nice job handsome!

Ignacio Gallardo

Posted On: 04 Oct 2012 14:24 PM

Way to go Deyl! I know you're counting the days until the race. Hang in there and best of luck out there. I'll be pulling for you all the way!

Reed Hartley

Posted On: 24 Oct 2012 13:59 PM

Safe travels Deyl. You have a vast army of supporters behind you!
Central America Training

8th July 2012 07:36 AM[(GMT-06:00) Central America]

I was about to sign up for this race 5 years ago, but an injury knocked me out of it. Starting my own business and having my first child have kept me pretty pre-occupied since then, but the thought of this race has always been in my mind. My friend Brian Townsend (also a competitor in this race) recently talked me into it, and my wife was 100% behind me. No excuses. I started with a good fitness base, but I've never done much mileage (only 1 marathon). I upped my training to about 40-45 miles a week in May/June, transitioned to sand running, and now I'm hitting it hard in Costa Rica in July. Although it's a very different kind of heat, 90+ degrees is probably more helpful than 65 degree beach runs in Santa Barbara. It's also been helpful to try out several different electrolyte powders, shoes, music, hydration systems, etc. Surfing has been delightful as a cool down exercise on my off days. I know I'll be dreaming of that kind of cleansing out in the desert!

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