Why is Laura Parson Running 3,030 Miles in 67 Days?


Ultra marathoners are crazy, at least that’s my stance. I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. I love them to death but they are fricking crazy!

And then there’s Laura Parson.

While she is an ultra marathoner, and by definition crazy, she’s also organizing and training for a cross country adventure this summer that I can’t begin to even fathom.

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Perfection is for Suckers

Now that we are a week into 2015, how are you doing with your running resolutions?

Are you still going strong? Are you barely hanging on? Have you already thrown in the towel?

While I am admittedly a fan of setting running resolutions/goals at the start of a new year, it is frustrating to me to see how many people shoot for the moon but then give up in just a few short weeks (if they even make it that long).

So, if I can ask again, how are you doing with your resolutions?

Perfection is Impossible

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Why do we struggle so much with keeping our resolutions? Do we bite off more than we can chew? Do we lack the fortitude to do what it takes to keep grinding away when the going gets tough? Do we tend to set token resolutions, the kind we have no intention of ever keeping anyway, so we don’t feel bad when we inevitably give up?

I don’t think so.

You know why I think we tend to give up on our resolutions? Because when we set a resolution, we demand perfection from ourselves. And once we fail once or twice, we simply say the hell with even trying and resign ourselves to starting over again next year.

News flash yall. Perfection is impossible. Whatever your resolution might be, there is no way that the road to achievement will be perfectly smooth. While you may feel like everything must go perfectly with your resolution in 2015 in order for it to be considered successful, in the real world that will never happen.

And if that’s your expectation, you seriously should give up right now.

Perfection is Elusive, but It’s Still a Good Goal

There is nothing wrong with shooting for perfection when it come to your 2015 resolutions.

Perfection, Target, Goal

I’ve set some lofty goals for this year, and I’m going to do everything that I can to achieve them. But I’m also fully aware that I could miss a day of posting, maybe take longer to read a book than I thought, or end up with an injury that prevents me from hitting my mileage goals.

And if any of those things happen, I will not consider myself a failure for coming up short on one of my goals.

I have a goal of creating 365 posts this year. If I end up with only 360, that’s still pretty damn good and I’d still consider that a very successful year. Sure, I’d prefer to be a perfect 365 for 365, but if I happen to miss a day, why would I give up? Why not just keep going?

The Only Way You Can Truly Fail is to Quit

So now that we are 7 days into 2015, how are you doing with your resolutions? If you’re still riding high, keep building the momentum and moving forward. But if you’re struggling, don’t give up. Just accept the fact that you ultimately won’t be perfect, but there is no reason you can’t continually strive for perfection.

If you keep striving for perfection and refuse to quit the times you fall short, there is no way you’ll be anything but successful 358 days from today.

Perfection is impossible, but damn good is well within your reach.

So keep pushing forward, and don’t ever give up.

What They Don’t Tell You About WDW Marathon Weekend

I can still remember back to 2010, the year I ran my first runDisney race–the full marathon during the WDW Marathon Weekend.

I remember going to the expo, feeling completely lost but eventually finding my way to get my bib and race shirt, before literally reading every word that was written about what to do on the morning of the race.

After running the race, however, I realized there were quite a few things that they didn’t tell me about making the most of out of the WDW Marathon Weekend and some of what they did say was complete BS.

I’m taking this year’s WDW Marathon Weekend off, but having run either the full or the half in each of the past 4 years, I’ve got a pretty good handle on what one needs to do in order to successfully navigate the expo, get to the starting line, finish the race, and enjoy the parks afterward.

If you’re running any of the WDW Marathon Weekend races this year, I hope this helps and that you have a great race.

And if you’re running the full on Sunday, there’s a pretty good chance I’ll be watching outside of the Studios. Look for the beard and make sure to say hi!


Runners Share Their Running Resolutions for 2015

Fellow Runners Offer Their Running Resolutions for 2015


If you’ve been paying attention for the past few days, it’s pretty clear that I’m a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. Whether you want to call them resolutions or goals for the year, I love making big plans for myself and being able to see how much my hard work and consistent effort can accomplish over a period of weeks and months.

When I talk about my goals and plans for 2015, I hope that I’m able to inspire others to set big goals for themselves and then do whatever it takes to achieve them by the end of the year.

I’m not the only runner in the world that has goals for 2015 that are capable of inspiring action in others. I asked a number of running friends of mine to share their goals for their running this year, and I was floored by the response.

Runners Share Their Running Resolutions for 2015

Running Resolutions for 2015

I’m excited to share the running resolutions of the following individuals with you on today’s episode of the podcast, which has the feel of a group run. Read more

Reasons to Run

17 Reasons You Should Go for a Run…Right Now!

Each of us have our own reasons to run, but all of us have days where we would rather stay on the couch than hit the roads/trails.

Reasons to Run

If you’re having one of those days, here is a list of reasons to run even if you’re not feeling like it at the moment. Read more