Run My World

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.

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2007 – Backpacking in the Sequoias with the Haacks. Unforgettable.


2008 – Kayaking in Samoa. One of the highlights of my life.

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2009 – Hiking the Oso Peninsula in Costa Rica with Isaac.

2009 - Hiking in Yosemite with Isaac.

2009 – Hiking Yosemite with Isaac and friends (not pictured).

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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.

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  • Reply
    06/28/2013 at 1:36 pm

    This is the coolest idea EVER!! I hope to join you on lots of this explorations, and new continents!! Love you!

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      06/28/2013 at 2:13 pm

      Awesome! Yes, get out there and let me know where you go! We are all in this together!!

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    06/28/2013 at 10:41 pm

    Such a fun idea!
    You guys and the Haacks look so young & adorable in pic #1!
    Looking forward to a Pacific NW run with my bud in the future!

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    Mrs. ShuGar
    07/03/2013 at 9:33 am

    I love your drive! I found you through Jesi’s recommendation for blogs to follow. She designed our wedding. I am always looking for inspirations to stay fit and be healthy. I look forward to more. My addiction is Zumba and I can’t live without it! Have a pretty day!


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      07/04/2013 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Carmen! I have got to give Zumba another try – my only experience was when I was 6 mo pregnant. It felt so awkward (obvi)!
      Jesi and I did Body Combat this morning! Great workout!
      Happy 4th!

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        Mrs. ShuGar
        07/05/2013 at 11:31 am

        Yes, definitely try it again. I credit it with improving my whole lifestyle (plus losing about 45 pounds). Wow! I’m sure it was hard being 6 mo pregnant. I can’t even imagine. There was this girl in our studio that was going up until her 9 mo and then apparently went into labor right after her class (the instructor drove her). Can you believe it? I’ll have to look into the body combat. Sounds intense and just what I love! Happy post-4th!


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