I HAD TO CANCEL THE TRIP DUE TO NOT RAISING ENOUGH FUNDS IN TIME, but if you'd like to stay up to date on what outdoor adventures I'll be going on then please feel free to head on over to my site here: http://ineedtogooutside.com/
I may attempt this again at a later point in my life, but if you'd like to help fund future causes like this then feel free to pick up some of the limited edition stickers through the site above.
A few years ago I set up an outdoor site called I Need to Go Outside and, while traveling, I would make videos of the places I visited. And I quickly noticed how, when others watched them, it really inspired them to get outside more often.
But I've noticed that, with the rise of technology, life has gotten easier for a lot of us, especially children, and in that process we've detached from nature and rates of childhood obesity have risen.
And since I'm a strong believer in practicing what you preach, what better way is there to convince others to step outside more often than to be outside, on foot, most hours of the day myself?
So, as I was picking places to visit for my website I started to think about an idea that has been brewing in my mind for about 4 years...
What would it be like to WALK across the country?
How would that change a person?
What would you see?
And what could I share with others, through my experience?
So, after 6 months of planning for this journey, this is the final push to make sure that it happens. I'm working toward saving up for it, most of the plans are already set in stone and I am happy to have everyone be a part of this journey.
I'll be walking anywhere from 20 to 60 miles a day, to complete my 4,834 mile journey from Delaware to California, on the northern section of the American Discovery Trail. I have already lost over 80 pounds, while getting my body fit for this journey, and I have my path planned out, know all the hotels and campgrounds I will be staying at and where I will get food and do laundry.
Plus I have begun my endurance training for this walk, using the Dynamic Plateau Training method, which I have perfected through years of challenging my body to reach different fitness goals. I'm gradually increasing the overall distance I travel each day, while gradually increasing the distance that I run, while gradually increasing the weight that I carry on my back. And gradually my body will be up to the challenge of a 4,834 mile journey, on foot.
And I plan on creating daily videos and uploading them on YouTube, when I'm in my hotel for the night so that kids and their parents can be inspired all next year, as they watch my videos, and maybe they'll step outside a little more often too.
So, every day that I am out there walking/running you will be able to watch these videos to see where I'm at, what I've seen and so on.
I am also going to be writing in a journal each night, which I will turn into a book and 10% of the profits from that book will be donated to the Children & Nature Network, which is an organization that helps kids reconnect with nature through fun, outdoor events.
So, people will be able to dive deeper into the journey, through the book, and at the same time they will be helping kids become more active outside.
And I will also be creating a full-length documentary about my journey, which will be uploaded to YouTube for everyone to watch for free.
This will help tell the whole story, with a more professional feel to it, so everyone can experience the journey in one lump sum. This will get kids, their parents and everyone in between more excited to go outside more often, or even get them interested in reading the book, for more information.
But I got to thinking and realized that by the end of this journey I would be as fit as I've ever been. I've already got 4 months of fat loss training under my belt, and then I went right into 5 months of endurance training and right after that I will start my 7-month journey across the country.
So, that's well over a year of training, all focused on running, and I think I should run a "victory lap" when I get to California... a 26.2 mile victory lap, to be exact! I have my sights set on the Half Moon Bay International Marathon, and I think it will be a great way to round out this trip.
I want future generations to live healthy lives, so I'm putting my body to the test and I'm going to finish out strong. Now, I don't care about going home with a medal around my neck, but I will give it my all as I run across the finish line with my top contributor's shirt on.
But if you would like to help make this happen I've got some great gifts to hook you up with, as you can see on the side. Since I will be out on the trail/road, on foot, for around 7 months next year I need help raising funds to make all of this happen.
Your contribution will ensure that this journey happens as safely as possible and that you all come on the journey with me, through the daily videos, documentary and book, and experience the great outdoors in a way you never have before.
I will need to ensure that this is a safe and healthy trek, so I need to be well equipped so that I can stay on the path and can realistically travel the distances I need to each day.
Your contributions will go toward things like food, toiletries, cell phone service, laundry, hotel and campground expenses, camping gear, GPS, a durable laptop, hiking boots and camera gear.
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If we happen to go over the goal, then half of the excess funds will be donated directly to the Children & Nature Network. The other half of the excess will be used to help get the book published through Amazon.com, so that I can send out the autographed copies as soon as possible.