I swear I saw a Velociraptor.

Well, we are done with our first set of runs (each set consists of three days of running. Tomorrow is our much needed rest day, and I want to stress the “much needed”. All three runs so far have been above average and tough. A lot of hills and a lot of cyclists. The attractivness and mystery of this run have disappeared at this time. However, it has been replaced with adventure and beauty along the coast. We cannot believe how much we have seen so far, and yet it has only been 85 miles up the coast. I feel like I’m Indiana Jones lately. Jumping and swinging into another disasterous situation. Except that in our scenerio, Paul and I don’t have the luck and charm that Indiana has been graciously gifted with. If we are in fact Mr. Jones, then we would have lost our hat, broken our whip in half, and accidently shot our guide. Needless to say, we are learning a lot about ourselves and our limits. Today was a 20 mile stretch through Camp Pendleton, a marine base just north of Oceanside, then 9 more miles along the old pacific coast highway that has been converted into a bike route, cars do not have access, and is over grown with vegetation. It was a crazy adventure. Today the base, which is huge, was having live amunition testing and training. So we enjoyed hearing explosions and machine gun fire for hours throughout the run. It seemed as if we had entered Vietnam or Jurassic Park. The huge hillsides and vast open meadows with tall grass enticed our imaginations as we thought something was going to pounce out at any moment and send us into a dead sprint. The constant flow of bicyclists coming from behind and towards us throughout the day was the only thing that kept us going it seemed. We ended in a beautiful area called Dana Point, just north of San Clemente. I will leave you dear reader in anticipation for our next update with a question that Paul and I have pondered. What did we get ourselves into?

12 thoughts on “I swear I saw a Velociraptor.

  1. Smiles and hugs for you both. I’ve enjoyed the daily notes and today prayed even harder after the contact with your Dad, Zach. We are xing the days till we see you. Have a good day of rest-lots of love, Antie Lois

  2. Wow Dana Point! I have a photo of me standing on some tall cement thing by a statue that says Dana Point! Many years ago. =) But you two stand taller than that in the spirit of tenacity. In the old days..?? we called it keep on truckin’.. I spose you call it ‘runjogwalkie’. Ok Ok I’m out. =)
    Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty and view a land that stretches afar.

  3. It is good that this, your first day of rest is indeed the Lord’s Day. Many pray for your safety, strength, stamina and sanity. There is of course no right answer to your question. Only God knows, we only trust and obey. However in your case He is moving the mountain and we will be richly blessed for it. Thank you. Keep on keeping on…

  4. My verse for you guys Zac and Paul (not John sorry about that I was corrected by Grandpa) is
    …but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
    Praying today is a day of renewal.

    Love, hugs and kisses

  5. Hi Guys!! I have been through most of the areas that you have talked about (with the exception of Camp Pendleton and can visualize the views you are getting. The ocean breeze, the foggy/hazy mornings and cool summer breeze in the evening as the sun sets for the night over the ocean. WAY COOL!! Praying for God’s safety on you both and His strength for your bodies. keep us posted, maybe I will see you along the way before you are finished.

  6. Hi guys! I’ve been following along in your updates and I have been praying for you! I think it is awesome how you are using what God has given you for His kingdom. I can relate a lot to your bio’s of how athletics used to be something you did for yourselves but are now using for God. I’m definitely in that place of learning how to do that in my own life. Thank you so much for your example and for blessing the coast! I’ll keep you in my prayers!

  7. Way to go Zac and Paul. God Bless You and help you. Praying for you every day and keeping track. I see you have nowhere to stay in Arlington Wa. If you wish me to contact my cousin Dawn Anderson, let me know. She and Pete live outside Arlington.
    Thinking about you….”I can do everything through him (Christ), who gives me strength. Philipians 4:13
    Ah, Sovereign Lord, you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR YOU.

  8. My brothers in the faith, I want to remind you of what I heard the Lord say the night we prayed over you at Open Door Fellowship church, as I told you, Zac, what I did hear Him say:


    The honeymoon may be over (I forgot how you said it — something like the splendor and mystery of it all), but the Lord never will leave your sides. I pray that His Faithfulness allows you both to catch “joy by surprise”, when you least expect it, that you may not miss His signs of nearness to you.

    The way ahead will be “a long and winding road”,
    and you will become fatigued and weary. But take courage, and be not afraid, for the Lord is with you and HE will strengthen you. When you see Him in whatever signs He shows you — PRAISE HIM and THANK HIM!!!!

    He loves you and loves your heart that wants to stand in faith upon Him!
    Bless you both, Bill Folz


  10. yesss!!!

    ….dear reader. this blog is fuming with the influence of brad neely

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