one foot in front of the other

If we had to describe week 5 in one word, ‘exhaustive’ would be it.

We are tired. There have been several moments during the past week in which we seriously questioned if we can do this. Our bodies are shutting down and mentally we’re having a rough go. There have been times mid-run where we have to stop on the side of the road because we breakdown. It’s a curious sight for the locals, I’m sure, watching us foreign runners stop suddenly on the side of the road, and sit momentarily crouched with teary eyes, as we question if we can make it.

Some days it feels like we spend all 24 hours in pain. Our joints ache, our muscles sieze up, and we’re too exhausted to eat, but too hungry to sleep. I think we’ve talked to a doctor or physiotherapist everyday this week and our dear Anna is working over-time.

Patrick, our support runner (our very own Sam Gamgee), is at this point carrying us through. He is running the kilometers that we are too sick/injured to complete. This week he is carrying the torch and he is doing a remarkable job.

In the meantime, we are attempting to put one foot in front of the other. And on days where even that is impossible, we get through with the help of our team.



14 Responses to “one foot in front of the other”

  1. Renee Kuyvenhoven Says:

    Hey team!
    I just wanted to pass along a word of encouragement. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you and pray for your well-being and safety….and I know for a fact I’m not the only one. You’ve got a huge support system back home…we’re all rooting for you!! You guys can do this….if anyone’s your team. I’m so proud of how far you have made it….and I believe you can finish and keep going. Push through my friends, I can’t imagine how hard it must be….your strength and perseverance so far leaves me speechless…be encouraged and know that you are loved, people are thinking about you and praying for you and we BELIEVE IN YOU!!! sending much love and energy and strenght and prayer your way…..I pray that you feel God’s blessings on you as you run the next few runs….hang in there friends!

  2. Rachel Reems Says:

    hi gang,
    i have been enjoying reading and hearing of your tales and progress thus far. i’ll be praying that your bodies and spirits will hold up. glad to hear that patrick is not slacking and is pulling his weight. i’m sure you’re paying him back in the food rations department. best wishes,

  3. A van Grootheest Says:

    I agree with Renee: you have a huge support system at home and we’re all praying for you! You have managed to surpass all the running you did in training and you have done well! I looked at the African map this morning – you have gone a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG way! And you can do much more!
    God speed!

  4. The Belangers Says:

    That was a great way to describe Patrick,”Sam Gamgee”, that’s awesome! Keep up the work everyone, press on and lean on one another. Keep up the good fight. I am spreading the word about your run in our little part of the world.

  5. Adam Scheuer Says:

    Keep it up. Like you said, one foot in front of the other. One day at a time. You guys are a HUGE inspiration. It is awe inspiring sitting here on my ass reading about your adventure and challenge of a lifetime.

    And in the immortal words of Keanu Reeves – Pain is temporary, glory lasts forever!

    Sending you powerful vibes from back home…

  6. Nathaniel Vaandering Says:

    WOW!. Way to go Erin and co.! I just found this website two days ago, and since then have been going through all the updates to catch up. You guys are incredible and my thoughts and silent cheers with be with you every step of the way from here on out. I can’t find words adequate enough to describe the awe I have as I read about your adventures. I am also passing this website onto all my friends so they can share in the adventure. Go guys go!!!

  7. Lara Lauzon Says:

    Hello all:
    Lara Lauzon here, checking in from Victoria, B.C. First of all, congratulations to all of you for making it this far. You are all truly amazing. You remind me that the impossible is actually possible, it just takes a little longer. Secondly, know that you can change, re-arrange, slow down, speed up and also rest if you want to. It took me 52 years to figure that out! You will do what you can do. You are doing what you can do. You have already defied the odds. As you say, one step at a time. Our family’s thoughts are with you each and every day. Please continue to take good care of each other. I’ll look up some quotes of the day to send tomorrow. Love to all of you. Lara

  8. Hi Reuben and Erin (and Patrick and Anna and camera guy πŸ™‚ )

    keep going guys. there are so many people cheering you on. it must be excruiating every step, but just think of what you are accomplishing by running. not just the sweat sock tan, but so much for the people in our world who are generally ignored.

    i am praying for the whole team. you guys are doing great. πŸ™‚

  9. Laura Struch Says:

    A BIG hello to the “See Them Run” Team!

    You are all outstanding πŸ™‚

    Thank you for inspiring me to run (even after 12 hour night shifts!), to reach out to others, and to attempt the impossible.

    I wish you the best of luck!! I am confident you can accomplish anything you put your heart and minds to.

    Running in spirit,


  10. Frank Slabbert Says:

    I am sure that you can do this thing! It is something wonderful for the region and especially now that you have seen the divide between the haves and the have-nots in Africa. I will continue to follow your movements across Africa and all my prayers will be with you.

    Our club newsletter is too smal to carry all your reports and coments so we are putting together a special edition with everythin in it for those that do not have access to internet/e-mail so that everyone can see what you are attempting for our continent.

    God bless you and keep you safe and healthy in your endeavour.


  11. Natalie Randall Says:

    I know that you are having one heck of a hard couple of weeks. Remember that you are amazing, you are strong enough, you can do this. Enjoy every minute or rest, laughter and please keep eating and eating… We all know that this is tremendously painful, but we all know that you can do it. I so wish I was there to try and take the pain away, but Anna is doing an amazing job. Lots of love to all of you.
    Natalie πŸ™‚

  12. Fennema Says:

    Book Two
    Ch. VIII p. 388

    Do not trouble your hearts overmuch with thought of the road tonight. Maybe the paths that you each shall tread are already laid before your feet, though you do not see them. – Galadriel

  13. David Evanoff Says:

    Keep it up! The Frontrunners crew is cheering you guys on everyday!

  14. peter donker Says:

    patrick,ook in holland volgen we jou en je vrienden!!!
    veel succes!!

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