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…

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…