From the story:
“To have one of those (30k) runs fresh in my mind three or four days before I depart was critical to my well being. I would not have missed that run for anything,” Simms said.and:
Simms said he was humbled by the group’s goodbye. “The energy I draw from the group is incredible, and it was nice to have that as a send-off to carry me forward for the 354 days I’ve got left (on duty).
Read Brian Kelly's whole story here.