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…

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 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…

3.44 Miles In Denver, Colorado With Jeff Parker

Hello friends! Welcome to the Mile High City! Denver, Colorado is known as one of the healthiest cities in America, and with 300+ days of sunshine each year, it is a great place to get outside and get active. During the summer months, if you pass by any of the city’s several parks, you’ll find…

The World’s Worst Running Playlist

I run with music. For me, great music during a good run equals much enjoyment. Having said that, there’s nothing worse than being in your groove and having a terrible song come through your headphones. The momentum that you have gained instantly vanishes when the Biebs starts whispering sweet nothings to your ears. (That’s me…

8.14 Miles in Dubuque, Iowa

I’ve had the opportunity to travel the United States and Europe pretty extensively, but landing on my short list of “cities to visit” for quite some time has been one of my home state’s treasures – Dubuque, Iowa.  I’ve heard nothing but praise about this Mississippi River community, so the Good family finally packed up…