I Ran 40 Miles On My Birthday…Now What?

My garmin watch immediately after completing my 40 mile run

In conjunction with my recently celebrated 40th birthday, I accomplished something I’ve long promised to do. A big bucket list item I’ve talked about on and off for at least the last 5 years.

To commemorate my 4oth trip around the sun, I ran 40 miles in one day.

To a seasoned ultra marathoner that doesn’t sound like much, but given that it was the furthest I ever ran in a day (specifically 13.8 miles longer than any marathon I’ve run), it was significant, symbolic and meaningful to me.

It was also amazingly emotional, cathartic and fulfilling. I didn’t do it for anyone but me, but it was good to hear how impressed and proud people were that I actually did it.
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New Beginnings – Big Changes

First things first.

Thanks to everyone who has read this blog as it lay dormant over the last year or so. Your numbers may not be in the thousands – who am I kidding your numbers aren’t even in the hundreds – but the sporadic comments and direct messages have kept a spark in me alive and I always held out hope that one day I would rekindle that into something special here.

And that’s exactly what I’m planning to do.

A few important points

The name ‘Run Yoga Thrive’ very likely won’t survive the changes that will be made soon. If you have that site bookmarked, you may want to keep checking back for updates and eventual TBD name change.

I’ve recognized an important pivot point that will expand what we talk about here. Running and Yoga will be discussed some of the time, but it’s not going to be the exclusive focus of the new and improved content here.

Over the past week I’ve been in touch with a stable of strong and diverse writers who are interested in being apart of these big changes here. Talking with them has energized me in a way that, quite honestly, I haven’t felt since college.

Simply put, we’ve been exploring what makes things and people interesting and we’re going to continue that exploration in this space. As we map out how interesting people have gotten from point A to point B, hopefully you will be able to glean something useful for your own life. To my earlier point, runners and yogis fit into that ‘interesting’ category, but there is a whole other world of people we can learn from.

If you’re here exclusively for the running/yoga content, I totally understand if this new direction isn’t your cup of tea. But stick around and give us a chance…you might learn something and enjoy it.

These changes will take place over the next two weeks, so keep an eye out. As this site transforms, feel free to leave a comment or drop me a line to share your thoughts.

See you soon.

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