As I am sure many of you already know, vegan ultra-runner Scott Jurek set a new world record by running the Appalachian trail, a 2,189-mile journey in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes. He beat the previous record by 3 hours. He holds numerous other world records for ultra-running.
It’s an understatement to say that much of the vegan community(and running comunity) was thrilled when Jurek completed yesterday. I know I was. I’m really happy for Jurek, he’s one of the ultimate vegan role models. It’s moments like these when we can really drive home the message that a vegan lifestyle is not a limiting one. Congratulations Scott Jurek! You’re one of the most inspiring people in the world! Vegans rejoice!
As for joggling the Appalachian trail: Will keep everyone posted when and if that happens.
Now that we are very near the finish line of 2013, I thought it was time for a review of the past year. 2013 was a good year for me as far as joggling goes. Overall, I have run at least 1,200 miles this year. I only started closely tracking my mileage recently, so this is a rough, conservative estimate. About 90% of the time when I am out running, I am also juggling.
I also ran my first 2 marathons this year, the Yonkers Marathon and the Brooklyn Marathon, completing both of them in under 4 hours, while juggling. I also ran an unofficial “ultra” marathon of 28.5 miles from 42nd street in the middle of Manhattan up to Tarrytown, New York with a group of some very awesome runners. These runs were all a lot of fun! I got interviewed about my marathon joggling by podcaster/blogger/avid outdoorsman Steve Stearns over at Outside Health and Fitness. I also got interviewed by Perry Romanowski, a very accomplished joggler and scientist, over at Just Your Average Joggler.
The Wild Juggling blog has also grown during this time. It now has over 700 followers, 318 published posts, and nearly 30,000 page views. Some of my most popular posts from this year are:
And there are many others. It feels great being told I am inspirational, both by vegan and non-vegan athletes. It also feels wonderful destroying myths about veganism with all the distance joggling I do. I will definitely do many more marathons in 2014 and a lot of other fun, crazy things.
I’d like to thank all my friends for your advice, inspiration, and encouragement. You help make Wild Juggling and my marathon running possible. I wish you well with your blogs, your running, and your plans for the new year!