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…

2015 Running Trip – Day 5 – Charlotte, North Carolina

We’ve hit the homestretch of the trip. Each day brings with it a few more aches and pains. We’ve had a lot of great food, but as you can imagine, when you’re doing nothing but driving, running, eating and sleeping, the grind can take a toll on your stomach. Brad’s presence has really helped with…

2015 Running Trip – Day 3 – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Problem #1 with getting old – It’s tougher to sleep. I had all intentions to sleep in a bit on our relaxed day, but 5:45am it was. My instincts kicked in, so I turned to something familiar. Uncle Steve mode in full effect. After getting a few more hours in with Sarah, the kids, and…

2015 Running Trip – Day 2 – Charleston, South Carolina

Monday morning started at 6am. Rain was in the Charleston forecast, so our goal was to arrive in Charleston before 11am in order to give us some flexibility. As I was writing my Savannah blog post the evening before, Brad was in search of a great breakfast place where we could refuel before the 2 1/2…

2015 Running Trip – Day 1 – Savannah, Georgia

The 2015 running trip is here! What a schedule we have, visiting a number of must-see American cities as we navigate a list of 103 landmarks, where I will be thanking many generous people who have donated to my Iron Phi effort. Leading up to the trip, I was able to eclipse my $16,000 fundraising…

2015 Running Trip Preview

With a little over a month to go until my 2015 running trip, much of the planning has been done, and I thought I’d share my plans. As always, I’ve waited until the final month before the trip to ramp up my training. While it probably isn’t the best approach to step on the gas…

8 Unique Places To Stay Traveling From San Francisco To Seattle

My wife and I recently decided to spend 10 days driving from San Francisco, California to Seattle, Washington. We had a few main goals for the trip besides spending some “we time” away from our two small children and dogs – who we love greatly for the record. Those goals included exploring as many places…