My 2014 running year was a bit insane. I set out some bold goals, including over 30 marathons in a year. I achieved those goals, and rather than running myself into the ground, I set personal records in every distance I ran.
This year, instead of quantity, I have some quality goals. These are going to be tough and I’m going to have to work at them. Last year was just showing up with no pressure other than to finish.
Besides the time goals, I want to work on my sets:
- I have four more states for the 50 States. It’s Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, and Idaho.
- I want to beef up my Oceania runs quickly. I’m thinking about the 3 Marathons in 3 Days around Cairns, Australia. The first day can be a half marathon, and the week after I have a couple of ultra options. That could help with all three of my Seven Continent goals.
- A European ultra would complete my Seven Continents ultra.
Between all that, there’s some things I want to do to keep myself interested. Maybe not completely this year, but I want to run all the streets in Manhattan. Joseph D. Terwilliger walked all 1,300 miles in 2005. I’ll start from scratch. This works out to about 4 miles a day over 365 days. That should keep the daily running interesting!
I’ve run the Seven Continents for marathons and have almost completed it for ultras, but I have an additional goal now. My friend Ziyad Rahim became the first person to run full, ultras, and halves on all seven continents. I wouldn’t have previously thought about this goal, but while waiting to go to Antarctica for the Triple 7, I ran the 2015 Punta Arenas Half. As I’d run one in South America, I might as well get the rest.
February 25, 2015
I’m feeling a bit better about my Tunis marathon a couple of weeks ago when the weather was much better than it is this week. It rains buckets all day and clears up at night when I go out running. When it’s not raining, it’s very windy. That might be why I’m the only one in the hotel, I think. Read more
February 23, 2015
I’ve come back to Tunis to de-compress after my Triple 7 quest. After living in such close quarters with a bunch of highly motivated, mostly Type A types, for two weeks of airplanes and marathons, I need to hole up in some secluded hotel room to transition to civilian life. Read more
We should have run the Penguin Marathon just hours after finishing the Southern Cross Marathon, completing the entire seven marathon series in under 168 hours. However, weather intervened and we couldn’t get to Antartica so we were cooling our heels (almost literally) in Punta Arenas waiting for a flight out. Read more
The Carthage Race is the fourth race in the Triple 7 Quest and what I think of as the first big test of the idea of this adventure. Less than 12 hours ago, I had finished the third race, in Paris. A short flight to Tunis put us in town about an hour before we’d start the next marathon at 1 AM. This is our tightest race; our flight to New York leaves around noon. We’re catching up for some long flights and banking a bit for future longer flights. Read more
After a red eye flight from Abu Dhabi, we ended up at Charles de Gaulle airport, to which we’d return in less that twelve hours to fly to Tunis for the Carthage Race. Read more