Friday, April 27, 2012

RunKeeper Sponsorship

Excited to announce RunKeeper as my newest sponsor.  The RunKeeper app and website are a great way to keep track of your running and other exercise, as well as diet.  The RunKeeper app is available for your mobile device through iTunes and Google Play, formerly Android Marketplace.  This service is free, but a premium service called RunKeeper Elite is available for $5/month or $20/year.  This gives you access to additional information, but the biggest advantage is that it gives you access to RunKeeper Live.  RunKeeper Live allows others to track your movements during a workout or race and see your progress.  My profile can be found at and you can sign up yourself at

Monday, April 23, 2012

You Can't Control Everything

So my 24 hour run this year was cut short...really short, due to the weather.  Temps were in the mid 30s, with 15-25 mph winds and nonstop rain that made being outside miserable at best.  My biggest concern was that someone would end up in the hospital.

My run started out well.  I cruised through the first 12 miles or so at about 10:00-10:30 per mile.  Everything felt great and under control.  I was already thinking about the number of miles that I might be able to cover.  I wanted to bank a few quick early miles, knowing that it would likely rain, and that the rain would slow me down.  I figured that once the rain let up, I would then be able to easily pick up the pace again.  That turned out to never be the case.

The lesson of the day had to do with CONTROL.  I could control my pace, my attitude, what I ate, what I drank, but I could not control the weather.  The weather defined this run!  It started raining at about 10am and would let up slightly at times, but never gave up all together.  This made the conditions miserable at best, and likely dangerous for myself and those outside with me.  Mike showed up late in the morning and stayed with me like he said he would.  I was hearing from others that the rain would continue until midnight, and most likely throughout the night as well.  There was no way I was going to be able to continue this for the next 16-18 hours!

We made a quick pitstop in the school at about 4:30pm to change into dry clothing.  There were students waiting to join me for the next loop, but it was simply too cold, too wet, and too miserable out.  I did not want anyone to get ill for this run.

I made the decision to walk laps inside the middle school/high school.  5 1/2 laps equals 1 mile, so I figured I could walk this for a while and re-evaluate my goals for this day.  I was cold...very cold and had the shakes pretty bad for a while.  But, on the other hand, I did feel ok, and did not want to let go of this, so we walked.  It took me an hour or so to come to my senses and realize that my day was done. 

We ended up resetting 2 possible goals - 12 hours, or 50 miles within a couple of hours after that.  I was joined inside by students, staff, friends, and strangers for the final miles of my journey.  I decided to call it quits at 46 miles.  But then again "quitting" isn't really the right word for it either.  I simply stopped because it would have been unwise to continue.  I was ready to go home to a warm bed at that point.

You can't control everything.  I am ok with how things turned out.  Disappointed at first and not ready to let go, but fine with it once I made that decision.  I don't dwell on that stuff...I can''s just not the way I am wired.

Don't set your limits.  Go out and find them.  On this day, I definitely found mine!

Just so you know, Kyle Amos had a perfect day in KS, covering 116 miles!  Amazing!  I am proud of him and what he does to help out the students in his school.

24 Hour Run Start

Check out this video by Donny Rowles of Hey! Original Productions.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Kyle has finished 100 MILES!!!!

Kyle has finished 100 miles at 20:02:03 hours or 5:02am.  He is doing great and is looking forward to seeing his students and staff soon!

Jim, Kyle wanted to tell you he is sorry to hear about the battle with the weather.  Congrats on finishing 50 miles!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I'm done...

9pm, I'm done, 46 miles.  Going to bed until sometime tomorrow afternoon.

The New Plan

Still inside, but calling it quits when I hit 50 miles at about 10pm.  The wet cold just too much out of me.  I hope Mr. Amos is doing well.  Too tired to check myself...


Due to the weather, I am now inside for a while, but only until 12 hours or 50 miles.  Not sure which yet.  Felt good today, but the cold and the rain and the wind beat me down.

Kansas Update!!

It's close to 4:00 and Mr. Amos just finished 40 miles!  Students are out for the day but many are returning with their families later this evening.  The weather has been beautiful and it looks like the rain went around us.

Kansas Update!

4 hours into the run and Mr. Amos has hit the 25 mile run.  The weather continues to be relatively nice and the rain seems to be holding off.  Students are having fun staying active!


Kansas Update!

Mr. Amos has completed 17 miles so far!








The 24 Hour Challenge Has Started in Kansas!

~Bridget Hale
6th grade teacher
Stewartville Middle School




And he's off...
Good luck Mr. Parry!




At the beginning...


Krystal Peterson
6th Grade Teacher
Stewartville Middle School


Central Intermediate

Bonner Elementary

4 miles done

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cards for Mr. Amos

Fourth graders at Moonlight Elementary gave Mr. Amos some encouraging cards in honor of tomorrow's run.

Live Track Me Through RunKeeper

Just added...LIVE now have the option to track my exact whereabouts in real-time during my 24 hour run for Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge.  Go to the following link or click on the RunKeeper icon on the left.
Satellite and hybrid views tend to work the best.

KSTP RunKeeper Live Tracking Story

Check out this KSTP  TV story about me live tracking my 24 hour run through RunKeeper Live.

Monday, April 9, 2012

2012 Shirts

These shirts are available for purchase at Stewartville Middle School.  $10 - cash and carry - no checks please.  All sizes available.