Friday, May 31, 2019

Day 31

Total Miles: 20.37 👎🏻
30 Days Running - 1 Off Day
Total Trip Miles: 831.23

Today was the very first day out of 30 days running that I just didn’t feel myself. I was sluggish and light headed. I had some stomach issues but nothing major. After I hit my personal daily minimum I called it a day. It was interesting going from feeling fantastic and wanting to run more yesterday to feeling like someone else today. I’ll work through it though and shake it off.

I am actually still a full day ahead of schedule so stopping early today really doesn’t affect anything.
I have 3 days left of running before I am in Myrtle Beach. My flight is on the 8th so I have all the time in the world to get there.

I plan on a 31, 32, and 29 mile day. Tomorrow will be my second day off because I chose to spend another day with my family. I want to see my mother, grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousins and everyone one more time before I leave them for a year. I’ve missed seeing them all, especially my cousins!

On Sunday I’ll head towards Myrtle beach and be there on Tuesday at some point during the day. The exact times are affected more by traffic and things out of my control.

Besides feeling terrible today, I started about a hour and a half later than normal. I ran a slow 13-14 minute pace for awhile and met up with this little puppy dog. Couldn’t have been more than 6 months old. I tried to get him to stay but having already started late I had to just keep running. He followed. We ran about 6 miles together before someone recognized him and took him back home. He got tired after a few miles so I picked him up and put him on my cart like a hood ornament. I think he enjoyed it. His tail was wagging the whole time.

The puppy was the best part of the day. Other than the puppy, the sun baked me, and my body just didn’t want to do anything. Tonight and tomorrow I will stretch and do some rolling and just work out my body some. Come Sunday I’ll be ready to hit the road again and head towards Myrtle beach.

As each day passes I do get a little more excited for my flight. It hasn’t really hit me just yet but I am excited to go to Peru again. I loved it last time while I was in the Navy.

Tomorrow I have a meeting with the CEO of Stop Soldier Suicide. This could be a huge blessing if it all works out and is the organization  I’m hoping it is.

To my vets:

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.


  1. South Carolina is with you every step of the way, Dustin!

  2. WHOAHH! At ease Soldier! Take a day off. Not sure how that goes in squid speak! 😁

  3. Chin up! Proud of you. Everyone has a bad day now and then....hugs

  4. You are absolutely AMAZING!!! All of us back here in SEMO are behind you, and are extremely proud of you. From a Navy sister God Bless you on this journey. You have inspired alot of people

  5. Occasional bad days make the good ones seem better. It is interesting that the puppy appeared when you were feeling low. Stay strong and thank you for bringing us on this journey with you!

  6. Sorry you had a rough day. Here's to hoping for a better one tomorrow. Can't even begin to tell you how inspiring you are and how much I appreciate you sharing your story the way you did on KFVS. I'm not military, but I battled depression/anxiety and almost lost to it 8 years ago. Running played a monumental role in me getting better along with therapy and counseling of course. Honestly, besides super close family and now those who would read this comment, I don't think there are many who know what I went through. What you're doing challenges me to knock off the stigma that comes with depression, anxiety and suicide. When you've been there it's the weakest, most vulnerable moment of your life, but the strength it takes to move through it and out of it are immeasurable, people need to know that. I'm so glad someone like you is spreading awareness and prevention. Thank you for your service and for every mile you run for this cause.

  7. So sorry you had a bad day. I'm from Canton, Ga, and please know I am cheering you on. I will be praying you have a great time with your family tomorrow.

  8. Keep your head up Dustin. One of the biggest blessings about bad days is without them, we couldn’t appreciate the good days.

  9. Praying you have much better days to come!
    You are such an inspiration and we are all cheering you on!

  10. Praying for better days! So proud of you! Watching and reading daily from NY. You are such a blessing and inspiration to so many all ready. Enjoy your family and down time.