Run Challenges

LEJOG Challenge – Lands End, England to John O’Groats, Scotland

Conquering the length of Britain: 1,083 miles.  Approx HALF the distance of last year’s 2,017-mile Run challenge.



Honestly, just surfing for an online tool to track my miles.

Was not looking for a ‘Run the Year’ replacement.  Lotta miles in my 2018 future.  first Half of Year GOAL: knocking out 11 states, 2nd time around – and that’s just marathoning.

PRIMARY FOCUS: Bighorn.  52-mile trail run at altitude.  Saturday June 16th.


Timing of LEJOG, a perfect fit.

Completion date: 15 June 2018 – ONE day before BIGHORN.  Seemed like a sign.

Registration paid, now virtually running from England to Scotland.


Ended Week 1 on a small island in southwest England, St Michaels Mount.  Cornish: Karrek Loos yn Koos

St Michael’s Mount is a small tidal island in Mount’s Bay, Cornwall, England. The island is a civil parish and is linked to the town of Marazion by a man-made causeway of granite setts, passable between mid-tide and low water.


Digging the newness of a new challenge.

Expect mid-month updates (January thru June) complete with screenshots of my virtual location 🙂



Run the Year Motto:  EVERY day’s a run day, 2017 miles in 2017


GOAL COMPLETE – & almost a month early.  Fulfilled last year’s challenge then 11 days into 2017, started my next 2,017 miles.  Post-chemo, post-quarterly checkups…just me & the open road/trail/mountain trek/suburbia sidewalk/treadmill.

26 marathons (including one ultra).  2 more before the year is done – Buckeye Marathon this Saturday (in Arizona) & a 50K trail run in rural Indiana (yep, trail in December).  My LIFE addiction.

Biggest highlights: 2-week/EVERY day RUN adventure in New Zealand & of course, Marathon #100 in Ireland.



104 marathons (including 4 ultras)

  • 97 US, 4 Canada, 1 Ireland, 1 New Zealand, 1 Russia
  • All 50 States, 21 States x2 (gonna circle the US again by 2019 year-end)
  • 3 continents (depending where you place NZ) – marathoning all 7 by mid-2020 (including Antarctica)
  • Streak: 49 consecutive months


Not gonna ‘Run the Year’ in 2018…but there’ll be challenges ahead.

Bighorn 2018.




Run NZ – Franz Josef Glacier


Run NZ – Cape Wanbrow Reserve, Oamaru



Enthusiasm is common.  Endurance is rare.


November 2017 update:  Month of Thanksgiving, time of thanks/gratitude/reflection.  Thankful for friends & family – saw both this month.  Visited my Mom & brother in Arkansas, completed a ‘nearby’ marathon.  Friends Dawn & Stephen travelled to Colorado.  Food fest’d, museum-toured Western Art, ran our local Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morn (canned goods donation to Sister Carmen).


December focus: STAY the COURSE

On track to complete 2,017 miles in 2017 next weekend at the big C Marathon.  Small charity run in the Pacific Northwest, 100% of proceeds go to cancer research.  Kicked off 2017 marathoning New Year’s Day, 10 days after my last chemo treatment.  Seems more than fitting I would end 2017 giving back, now being on the other side.


Race ReCap:  2 marathons, long 5-hour finishes: Rim Rock in Fruita, White River Marathon in Cotter AR.

Marathoning Streak:  celebrated my 4 year RUNniversary – 48 consecutive months marathoning!

Mileage ReCap:  ended November at 1,981 miles (only 36 miles from GOAL)



Holiday Grinch 2017



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