2018 Running Trip – Day 3 – Sedona, Arizona

Day 3 was a day that I had been looking forward to for a long time. Sedona, Arizona has been high on my bucket list for many years now, and I frequently find myself perusing Instagram for the many photos taken in the area. To add to the excitement of arriving in Sedona, we had…

2018 Running Trip – Day 2 – Phoenix, Arizona

Day 2 – The big city in Arizona – Phoenix. The sheer size of the city offered a challenge in its own as we navigated this giant metropolis to find all of the donor landmarks. Phoenix is the fifth most populous city in the nation, the most populous state capital in the United States, and…

2018 Running Trip – Day 1 – Tucson, Arizona

Here we go again. The 2018 running trip is in motion, and I’m delighted to have my partner-in-crime Travis Griffith by my side this year. Leading up to the trip, I was able to surpass my $3,000 fundraising goal for Iron Phi. It’s always an amazing feeling to have people support you in your fundraising…

2018 Running Trip Preview – Arizona

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. Six years, two kids, the same great wife, two repaired shoulders, $23,500 raised for a great cause, and a little extra belly fat later, the annual running trip now enters…

2017 Running Trip – Day 7 – Portland, Maine

Day 7 is always a bit of celebration day. A week on the running trip is a grind, so I like to take it easier on the final day. We woke up in Boston at the Poppe’s house, had a wonderful breakfast to fuel us up, said our goodbyes, and jumped in the rental car…

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…