2017 Running Trip – Day 6 – Boston, Massachusetts

I adore Boston, Massachusetts. I have a Top 5 favorite cities in the U.S. list that I keep in my mind, and Boston has been on this list for a number of years. I’ve had a number of wonderful life experiences in this city. In 2004, I visited Fenway Park for the first time, the…

2017 Running Trip – Day 5 – Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Thursday would have a different feel to it compared to the rest of our days on the trip. Last year, driving down the Mississippi River in a week, I ran a mile in 50 different cities. Each day consisted of running, driving to the next city, running, driving to the next city, until we reached…

2017 Running Trip – Day 4 – Providence, Rhode Island

Wednesday began with a 5am wake up call to get to our bus to Providence. A quick subway over to Times Square in Manhattan led us to the bus station where we jumped on a Peter Pan bus. By now, you know that I am a bit addicted to ridiculous cheap travel experiences (reference every…

2017 Running Trip – Day 3 – Manhattan, New York

Navigating Manhattan in one day can be a challenge to say the least. Not only is Manhattan huge, but if you can imagine, it’s not the easiest of places to run. A city like no other, the sites and sounds perk every emotion and can be quite overwhelming. Nonetheless, Ross and I did about 17…

2017 Running Trip – Day 2 – Brooklyn, New York

Monday morning began with a 6am wake up call in Philly. Ross and I packed up, grabbed ourselves a Wawa coffee, and walked about 15 blocks to the 30th Street Station to catch our Megabus. My initial running trips were powered by Megabus, but the past two years took me on routes that didn’t work…

2017 Running Trip – Day 1 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Year 6. Let the annual running trip commence. After months of planning for the trip, it’s always nice to jump right in and begin to navigate the route. This year’s route begins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and ends in Portland, Maine, with stops in between at Brooklyn, Manhattan, Providence, Cape Cod and Boston. Over the week,…

2017 Running Trip Preview – The Northeast

In 2012, I turned 30, had my first mid-life crisis, and decided to run 60+ miles over the course of eight days in eight states. The annual running trip now enters its sixth year, and I am delighted to have my pal Ross Roti by my side throughout the trip as we travel the Northeast…

Rediscovering Cedar Falls, Iowa and the Cedar Valley

The Cedar Valley in Northeast Iowa is home to a number of great communities and much progress. Anchored by Waterloo and Cedar Falls, the Valley is home to 394,000 residents, one of the state’s top public universities, visible corporate brands and a number of family-friendly activities. I’ve had the opportunity to spend a number of…

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…