FKT: Dustin Weaver - Texas 1000 - 2023-12-04

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33d 7h 14m 0s

The first day started as far north (Texline) you can possibly go in Texas. The temps were at about 27-28 degrees and I had a friend of mine run about 4 miles with me the first day.

I did have a sherpa (manager) that provided water when needed and transportation when needed. For the most part I brought all my own nutrition and hydration. At night I would re-fuel with regular fast food and anything else I could get my hands on. Most days would consist of a snickers bar, beef jerky, tailwind and water.

I would say that this was the toughest multi day run I have ever done. Running into major foot, knee, and chilies pain I have ever had for the first 10-15 days almost put me out. I told myself that the mission was more important and I had to stay the course and finish. I believe that the the slanted road and to small of shoes is what the problem was in the beginning. Once I changed footwear and the area I was running on, my body started to adapt.  The wind and bugs were very aggravating the first week. Then the weather turned and got a bit hot for about 5 days and I forgot to apply sunscreen. My knees, elbows, hands, and ears got the worst of the sun. When the weather broke, heat was gone, and  I got the best stretch of weather a runner could ask for.

The inspiration for this route, from the athlete: "We run for Substance Abuse Awareness. Our mission is to make a profound impact on the lives of individuals struggling with substance abuse by raising awareness and promoting change within our nation and communities. By embarking on an extraordinary 1,000-mile journey across the great state of Texas, we aim to inspire support, compassion, and understanding for those affected by addiction.
Our mission is driven by the belief that everyone deserves an opportunity for recovery, healing, and a brighter future. We strive to break the stigma surrounding substance abuse and foster a culture of empathy, education, and intervention. Through our run, we aim to engage individuals, communities, and organizations to take an active role in combating addiction, encouraging open dialogue, and providing resources for those in need.
As we traverse the vast landscapes of Texas, we will unite people from all walks of life, empowering them to join our cause. By sharing stories of resilience, hope, and triumph, we will amplify the voices of those who have overcome addiction, shed light on the challenges they face, and highlight the support systems that enable recovery. Through our dedicated efforts, we will raise funds to support substance abuse prevention programs, treatment facilities, counseling services, and community initiatives.
We will collaborate with local organizations, healthcare providers, and government agencies to develop comprehensive strategies that address the root causes of substance abuse, promote early intervention, and ensure accessible support for all individuals seeking help. Our mission is to build a future where every person battling addiction receives the care, understanding, and opportunities necessary for lasting recovery.
We invite you to stand with us, support our journey, and contribute to a society that embraces compassion, breaks down barriers, and fosters a brighter tomorrow for those affected by substance abuse. Together, we can make a difference. Join us in running for substance abuse awareness and join the movement towards a healthier, more empathetic nation."