2016 Running Trip – Day 7 – Vicksburg, MS to New Orleans, LA

My final day of running had arrived. In front of us was a drive from Vicksburg, Mississippi to New Orleans, Louisiana where dad and I would take Friday to relax and be tourists before flying home to Des Moines on Saturday morning. Day 7 is always bittersweet. On one hand, I greatly look forward to…

2016 Running Trip – Day 6 – Oxford, MS to Vicksburg, MS

Day 6 – The day the body begins to scream at me. That first step out of bed in the morning is always interesting, but I’ve been pretty lucky this go round. I slept like a rock in the Monkey House and stopped over to Sparky’s before we left to bid him a farewell. In…

2016 Running Trip – Day 5 – St. Louis, MO to Oxford, MS

Tuesday started bright and early. I have a really tough time sleeping on these trips. It’s probably a combination of adrenaline, constant movement, soreness, and new places each night that cause this. Surprisingly, I generally wake up very refreshed, but it was a little different at 4:15am on Tuesday morning. I’ve been battling a lingering…

2016 Running Trip – Day 4 – Davenport, IA to St. Louis, MO

Want to help me fight ALS? Donate here. I’m $338 away from raising $20,000 for Iron Phi. Day 4 promised a glimpse into the life of Mark Twain as we traveled from Davenport, Iowa to St. Louis, Missouri. The day’s journey would include approximately 350 miles in the car and mile runs in eight different…

2016 Running Trip – Day 3 – La Crosse, WI to Davenport, IA

Want to help me fight ALS? Donate here. I’m $450 away from raising $20,000 for Iron Phi. Sunday morning welcomed us with heavy fog in rural Coon Valley, Wisconsin. Growing up Iowegian, I find open land to be very attractive, and foggy mornings bring with them amazing picture opportunities. I woke up feeling great, and…

2016 Running Trip – Day 2 – Minneapolis, MN to La Crosse, WI

Minneapolis, Minnesota to La Crosse, Wisconsin. Day 2 was supposed to be our “easy” day. The road mileage was less than half of what we had averaged during the first two days. Because Friday took us longer than expected, we ended up adding St. Paul, Minnesota to Saturday’s trek. We also decided that because the…

Running With The Iowegians – Decorah, Iowa

Tucked away in the Driftless Area of Northeast Iowa lives the amazing and beautiful city of Decorah. I take pride in my travels and the places that I’ve visited across the world. I’m an Iowan, but I had never visited Decorah, one of the state’s hidden gems, filled with history, friendly people, a distinct culture,…

Best Of: 2015 Running Trip Recap

The 2015 running trip has come and gone, and it’s time to reflect a bit with my annual Best Of blog post. The week was incredible overall, but here are a few of my (and Brad’s) favorite moments and stats from the trip. As always, thank you to the many people who supported my cause…

2015 Running Trip – Day 7 – Knoxville, Tennessee

The final day of the 2015 running trip was here. I’ve learned over the years that the final day should be a little more relaxed than other days. By day seven, both the body and the mind are fatigued, so the day should be spent celebrating the accomplishment. Leading into the trip, I had been…

2015 Running Trip – Day 6 – Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina has been at the top of my travel list for awhile, so I was extremely excited to visit. We knew that hills would be a part of our route through the city, but we also knew that we would be rewarded with a plethora of breweries offering their recipes. Asheville has become…