NEW YORK (PIX11) -- “Incredible, I guess,” Jessica Goldman said with a chuckle, describing to PIX11 News the past three months during which she ran across the continental United States.
After arriving in Lower Manhattan Tuesday where she completed her journey, Goldman became the second woman in recorded history to achieve the feat, and the first to document it all on Facebook.
“I actually had severe weather almost every day from mid-Utah to mid-Ohio,” she said. “Be it snow storms or golf ball-sized hail or damaging winds. It was something ridiculous every day.”
Using social media to track her every move, Goldman explains she didn’t really feel alone on her epic run.
“It’s a different day and age with having something like Facebook,” she said. “I had about 4,000 people following my story.”
“Everything was very public and out in the open which helped create a lot of support for me along the way.”
In a journey that started in San Francisco on April 16th took her across 12 states, traveling 3,200 miles by foot -- an average 45 to 55 miles a day.
When she reached the end in New York, Goldman raised over $25,000 for brain injury awareness.
While running across the country by foot is an incredible feat, what motivated Goldman to cover the distance could be best described as incredibly selfless.
Several years back, Goldman was a passenger in a taxi cab in Ethiopia that struck a pedestrian whose head hit the windshield.
Although uninjured, the incident resonated with her, inspiring the runner to bring awareness to brain injury.
“I wanted to take that bad thing that happened to me and turn it into something good and just take that moment and turn it around,” she said.
“[The fact] that somebody is helping us is so important because we don’t have the outreach and so many more people in so many more communities need to know we’re there,” Brain Injury Association chair Laurie Rippon told PIX11 News.
While Goldman’s journey has ended, shedding much-needed light on this cause is just beginning.
To get more information on Jessica Goldman’s “Forward Motion” journey, visit her Facebook page.