On this day 3 years ago I decided to be a runner. I started with a half mile run and with a goal of a 2,190 mile run (Appalachian Trail). I mean, if a journey of a 1,000 miles starts with a single step, than a journey of 2,000 miles starts with a half mile, right? I figured it would take 10 years of training to be ready for the AT. This is my 10 year master plan and the first half of year 3 has been pretty rad.
1,350 miles isn’t a lot of miles for a competitive ultra-runner to log in the first half a year. Miles have been lower to spend additional time recovering from racing so many FKT’s, ultra-marathons and long distance adventure races. But man, the places these legs have taken me the first 6 months of 2019.
50 states & 16 countries run, 7 FKT’s broken, 6 national parks run, 3 logistically complicated speed records set, 2 ultra-marathon race wins & 1 continent traversed. I’ve also broken 2 ribs, torn cartilage, ruptured blood vessels, sprained multiple joints, battled heat stroke, smashed my face up and taken so many ice baths to reduce swelling that I no longer flinch or hesitate when entering the ice.
Since it would be impossible to write an accurate review of the past 6 months with anything short of a book… here are my 10 favorite photos from the first half of my year (caption included for each photo for the sake of additional context).
1/2 half of 2019 statistics:
1,361 - Total miles run
10 - States I’ve run at least 26.2 miles in
50 - States I’ve run at least 3.1 miles in
16 - Countries I’ve run at least 1 mile in
7 - Established FKT’s broken this year (most ever in 1 year)
2 - Ultra-Marathon wins