Running is one of my favorite ways to enjoy and experience the world. I also really like accomplishing things that I think are cool and meaningful (which is totally subjective, I know). Often times I find myself marrying those two things.
I would like run in as many places in the world as I possibly can. This ambition originally came about when I was traveling for work a few years ago. It’s easy to make unhealthy decisions while away from a routine (and traveling usually doesn’t offer much of a routine), especially when you’re in a city with good food, fine wine and fun co-workers. I made up my mind to try and run every time I traveled. It was a fun, yet realistic, challenge that helped me stay on track while I was away.
Today, I plotted all of the places I have run on a map of the world. This is a living map – each time I run somewhere new, I will add it to the map. This summer, we don’t have plans that take us out of the state, much less out of the country. But still, I am going to run in as many new places as I can. And I am going to claim it! Even a new trail in my hometown will get plotted.
Tomorrow I leave for San Luis Obispo, for my first out of town weekend of the summer. I have already planned to run on the sand in Pismo Beach on Saturday morning during low tide. I really cannot wait to run in Pismo, but I admit I might be bit more amped to add the pin to my map. Nerd alert.
Disclaimer: I am not going to limit myself to running. For the purpose of my Run My World map, I will expand the eligible activities to include: walking 3+ miles, hiking, snowboarding, kayaking, and swimming. Because really, this is about me experiencing the world, not logging miles in my Nike’s.
Check out my map in Google Maps. Nerd alert!!
And of course, I have found a few photo ops along the way.
2007 – Backpacking in the Sequoias with the Haacks. Unforgettable.
2008 – Kayaking in Samoa. One of the highlights of my life.
2009 – Hiking the Oso Peninsula in Costa Rica with Isaac.
2009 – Hiking Yosemite with Isaac and friends (not pictured).
2010 – Walking the city of Bruges a few times over with my lifelong friend Julia.
2011 – Hiking in the Redwoods as a family of three.
2012 – Walking with Jessica and our babes in Seattle.
2013 – Exploring Bells Beach in Australia as a family of four.
2013 – El Moro run with my dad (not pictured) and the girls. I am a lot happier than I look.
2013 – Hiking in San Juan Capistrano with Janet and Lynzi.