Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Ultimate Underdog

by christy

Hello friends, this is Christy, of A Lil' Welsh Rarebit, and fellow underdog. My friend Kate runs this fabulous site and has asked a few friends to pitch in with story ideas occasionally - here is my first try. Be nice!

I happened upon a blog recently, written by an American college student named Ryan - he's RUNNING across Europe - his blog is aptly called Ryan Runs Europe.

I think he's the ultimate underdog...granted, he's not running any kind of race. But seriously, is the human race really supposed to be able to RUN 1,800 miles? In one summer? Running continuously - about 20 miles a day? I think not! But he's doing it.

Every freaking day he gets up, runs, eats, sleeps, then runs some more. Here's his route:

AND he's a funny writer - so his blog is fun to read.

And the craziest part of his entire adventure?! He doesn't have a plan of where he's going to sleep every night. Some nights? Sure, he uses some couch surfing website. But mostly, he's relying on the kindness of strangers he meets along the way. The planner in me goes into hysterics thinking about this...

He's on about day 39 now, and I've read his complete archive. This guy is amazing - go read his post today - he says comments make his day.

And if you happen to know anyone who lives along his route, see if you can help him out. His momma will thank you - she posts comments on his blog all the time. Can you imagine watching your son do this from afar?

Christy also writes at A Lil' Welsh Rarebit and posts delicious recipes on her food blog What We Eat.


  1. Amazing. I will have to go check out his story... Can't even imagine what kind of shape that guy must be in. He's a machine!

  2. What a "project"..., I would so miss hanging out on my couch (or on the porch if it actually stopped raining)..., and sleeping in my bed! And besides I'm no extremist, I'm the moderate type. I am not quite sure as to whether this is admirable or obsessive. Bottom line it's always cool when people just do what they want to do.

  3. Wow is all I can say! I'm like you, Christy - not knowing where I was staying that night would make me nuts. Good for him, though - I'll be sure to check out his site!

  4. That is crazy and cool all at the same time. I will definitely have to check him out.

  5. So neat! I'm going to go check out his blog right now.

  6. That's an impressive run!! I could NEVER in a million years do anything like that!!

    I hope you don't mind me going off on a bit of a tangent, but I have an even more inspiring story for you. Have you heard of Terry Fox?? He planned to run all the way across Canada in 1980 to raise money for cancer research. He ran 42 kilometres (26 miles) a day for 143 days. That's a whole marathon every day!!

    After running 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), he had to stop his "Marathon of Hope" -- he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died less than a year later at the age of 22.

    He ran those 3,339 miles on ONE leg -- he'd lost his other leg to cancer in 1977.

    If you'd like to learn more about Terry Fox, do a search for his name -- I'm sure you'll get lots of hits!! Or read about him on Wikipedia:

    I hope his story inspires you to keep running, Christy :-)


  7. Thanks for the lead to a new blog to read!

  8. I am green with envy. I've always wanted to something daring and gutsy like that! cool story and good job!

  9. thanks christy!

    i will head over there RIGHT now....

  10. That is crazy and cool all at the same time. I will definitely have to check him out.

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