A Cal Poly student and San Luis Obispo native is running nearly a marathon each day this summer as he treks the length of California.
Heeva Asefvaziri, 22, set out on foot July 16 from Crescent City near the Oregon border with the goal of finishing his massive jog near the California border with Mexico by mid-September.
He doesn’t have a specific reason for the journey other than to enjoy California’s beautiful scenery with his father, Arman Asefvaziri, who is accompanying his son on the journey by riding his bicycle.
They have made their way through misty precipitation and beating sunlight — passing through dense cities and towns of 100 people — on the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route.
Heeva and Arman started out their day of travel Friday in Los Alamos.
“This trip is about spending time with my dad,” Heeva said. “It’s an experience we’ll always have.”
During the trip, the father and son camp and cook their own meals. Each day, Arman drives a van ahead with their road supplies and then bikes back to Heeva to accompany him on the road. Heeva’s diet consists of lots of bananas, juice, dates and water — food and drink he can consume easily on the run. At night, he eats meals high in protein, such as salmon.
Many people on the road are curious about their trip, and they swap stories of their travels.
“Everybody seems to be having a good time,” Heeva said. “People are encouraging of what we’re doing.”
Heeva has overcome nagging pains — including Achilles tendinitis and minor foot swelling.
His toenails have turned black — a common phenomenon for long-distance runners caused by toes banging against the shoe or blisters under the toenail from foot swelling.
Each night, Heeva soaks his feet in ice water and elevates them; he also takes an Advil.
Heeva’s mother, Fari Ansari, regularly calls her husband and son on Heeva’s cell phone to check in and make sure they’re safe.
Earlier this week when they passed through San Luis Obispo, she enjoyed cooking homemade meals for them and having them at home for two days.
“I remember when I was little and it was such a big deal for me to run to the end of the street and back and my father was proud of me,” Heeva said. “… Ever since I was a kid he’s done everything with me I’ve always wanted to do.”