We're hugely excited to announce that both Leah and I have been selected by Newton Running to be Ambassadors for Europe 2017! I've been running in Newtons for many years, from when they were first released and switched to marathon running in them from 2012 onwards. When Leah started distance running I convinced her to try them over her traditional shoe and she's never looked back since. They have changed our form, efficiency and helped to
STATE NUMBER 50!!!! SUB 4 STATE NUMBER 50!!!! It was a double celebration and a day we had been dreaming about since we decided to embark on the 50 States quest all that time ago. We ran a strong 3:35 and Leah officially became the youngest female ever to run a marathon in all 50 States in under 4 hours each. Read about the completion of our 3 year goal here.
This was our last State to clean up before the big number 50. An oversight regarding the existence of different time zones and their boundaries made for a tense 7 hour drive out there. On the return journey our desire to get back home in time for dinner saw us miss the award ceremony and Leah's trophy. However I did discover air-conditioned seating and now my life, and car experiences, will never be the same. Full write-up.
This year will be my 9th London Marathon and no matter how many other races I run, it never loses its magic. As one of the six World Marathon Majors and arguably one of the greatest marathons in the World, it holds something for everyone. There are a lot of good articles out there with general tips on running a marathon, covering training, mental preparation, etc, but here are my Top 10 Tips specific to the London Marathon event itself which I've
Marathon #77 & #67, and our 49th US State. Unfortunately we got rained on in this one! Not the funny, warm rain of Kentucky but the cold "I'm really freezing but still have 3 hours to go" rain of Tennessee. Despite this it was a good event run by a very friendly race director. We met some great runners to chat with while the miles went by and we got our 49th State completed. The write-up can be found here.
Where did that Personal Record come from?? Particularly being part of another consecutive streak of marathons in 2015, this time the 6th in 6 weeks. I came away with a new PR of 3:23:56 and Leah came away with $200 prize money for her placing. I guess we were both happy. I also got to meet and Leah got to see some of her extended family some of whom she hadn't seen in years. Full race recap here.
You guessed it, another State repeat. In fact for this one it was our only exact race event repeat. For States we had to repeat we've always tried to choose a different race, but for North Dakota there aren't a lot of options. We went back to Bismarck and tried to replicate our finishing picture exactly 1 year on.. but not replicate our last finishing time! Full details of how we got on are here.
After returning from a holiday/vacation the night before, we realised we could fit in a marathon the very next morning. So why not?! We signed up last minute for another repeat State. We ended up missing the start, running off into the mountains in the dark and we had our bag lost with our car keys. Drama from beginning to end but looking back on it we can laugh... now. Race report online here.
We did it !!!!!!! On Sunday, October 18, 2015 we crossed the finish line at the Grand Rapids Marathon in Michigan in 3 hours 35 minutes to complete a double goal: running a full marathon in all 50 US States and also running them all in under 4 hours each. We joined the ranks of the 1,200 finishers in the 50 States Marathon Club and became only the 73rd and 74th people to manage to complete the challenge of running them each in under 4 hours, j
We couldn't go on holiday and not find a run to do! Not a marathon, but a nice 10k to start off the holiday, which is always good to use as an excuse to eat and drink as much of whatever you want from there on. There weren't many tourists taking part but we managed to scoop a trophy each to take home with us. A small write-up can be found over here.