Run the Year 2017

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


September 2017 update:  168 the hard way.

Hit my miles but needed a bonus 50K on the 30th to do it.  Two marathons & a 50K this month.  H-U-G-E!  September officially marks Autumn in Colorado but ‘round the rest of the country, very much Indian Summer.  Can’t change the weather, all part of the journey.

Attended another 50 State reunion.  Left MOTIVATED to complete a 2nd lap of our country – 2018/2019, my 50 State Déjà Vu tour.  Embracing the addiction (surprisingly, already 19 states in) 🙂


3-month focus: STAY the COURSE

Yeh, nutrition could always improve.  Should do crunches to strength my core (increase speed).  Consistent mileage week-over-week would be ideal.  HOWEVERthis year, I’ve been getting it done.  October, November, December – only 3 months left – less than 100 miles/month will complete the year.  2017 miles in 2017!

NEXT month in Dublin IRELAND, finishing marathon #100.  CELEBRATION time!


Race ReCap:  2 marathons, one 50K.  One on road, two on trail, 3 different time zones (Eastern/Central/Mountain).

Marathoning Streak:  46 months

Mileage ReCap:  ended September at 1,719 miles (206 miles ahead of goal)



THE UNKNOWN | The Hardrock 100



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


August 2017 update:  Solar eclipse, Rockies baseball, summer Shakespeare & Sharknado 5 – BIRTHDAY month ❤

BIG hike month too!  Even this month’s marathons were both on TRAIL.  Missed my run miles, no regrets.  Less than 60 days ‘til Ireland, started training on the 24th.  Banged out 50+ miles last week of August.  On target.  Eye on the prize.

Labour Day plans?  Camping/hiking in Telluride.  Nevr been.  Dog-friendly weekend.  SUPER excited!


September/October focusCONSISTENCY – run or hike every day, next 60 days

Cooler morning temps making it easier & easier to stay consistent/run longer.  Almost made it thru another summer.  95 marathons complete – 2 in September, 2 in October then finishing #100 on October 29th in Dublin.


Race ReCap:  2 tough runs, 8 days apart – each sporting 4,000ft+ vertical gain.  30.5 miles on Echo Summit (south of Lake Tahoe).  Following Sunday, 26.2 miles in Steamboat Springs – Strava stats say I topped 8,200ft elevation.

Marathoning Streak:  45 months

Mileage ReCap:  ended August at 1,548 miles (203 miles ahead of goal)



The negativity, the curation, the pressure to only share a “perfect you” – social networks have stopped being real. People don’t feel good enough anymore. That’s not us.


Strava is a place to be imperfect. It’s a place to put it all out there and forget about what people think. It’s a place to be yourself – a glorious, absurd, incredible, ordinary, flawed, proud athlete – and nothing else.



We’re rallying athletes to go against the grain by posting your favorite anti-filter photos: Show us the awkward tan lines, the flushed post-workout selfie, the filthy hands, the raw joy of a big day out. There’s no such thing as too real. Maybe that’s not “trending” lately, but your definition of fun has always been a little different.


Just be yourself, keep it honest and raw and use #AthletesUnfiltered to join us.



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


July 2017 update:  Back on track, another 200+ mile month (6 of 7 months in 2017), keeping me safely ahead of goal.  Smack in the middle of HEAT SEASON, but continued my marathoning streak – adding 2 more to the tally, closing in on #100.

All ’bout adjusting summer-month expectations.  Pace, attitude, hydration AND gotta finish – preferably, with a smile 🙂


August focus:  TRAIL

Ended July, running & (video-tagging) one of my favourite local trail runs – NCAR to Chautauqua in Boulder.  This 7.2 mile trek has everything: rolling hills, switchbacks, elevation, red rock, Ponderosa pine AND a stair climb.

Next month I’m only marathoning trail.  2 tough runs, 8 days apart – each sporting 4,000ft vertical gain.


Race ReCap:  2 waterside marathons on hot July days – U of Okoboji Marathon ‘round Northern Iowa’s West Okoboji Lake & the Nova Scotia Marathon ‘round Cape Sable Island in Barrington Passage, NS.

Streaks:  ‘Every day’ run streak ended at 212 days, July 24th in Toronto-Pearson airport.  FULL day delay after Air Canada oversold my flight.  $400 compensation/long Monday.  words of South Park: Blame Canadathat said, really good to have rest days back 🙂

Marathoning Streak:  44 months

Mileage ReCap:  back on track, my sixth 200+ mile month, ended July at 1,412 miles (235 miles ahead of goal)




by Paul McGowan


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Stay hydrated.  It’s important to your health.


We don’t think much about clean water.  At least I don’t. I take it for granted.  It’s always been there.  That’s not the case for much of the world and that brings me to the point of this post.


I want to ask you for a favor.  Go here and donate a few bucks.  Doesn’t have to be a lot. The price of a CD or two.  And, if you’re like me, sign up for a monthly contribution.  $60 a month provides fresh, clean water for 24 people a year.


Donate something if you can.  Anything.  You’ll feel good.


Thanks for caring.



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