Where Is Running Taking Me This Time? {The Friday Five!}

So, Wednesday was National Running Day and I posted how I had done some pre-celebrating, I celebrated the day of, and I’m continuing the celebration by sharing with you:

Where is Running Taking Helly now??

I’m linking up with the DC Trifecta Ladies Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney on their Friday Five to share with you the new (and old) places I’ll be heading to this year and next πŸ™‚

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know I’ve been able to see and go to some fabulous places and run–(ahem, can I go back to Spain please?). I’ve got some news to share:

1. Mt. Humphreys

I love me some trail running/hiking and last year I was lucky enough to hike the Grand Canyon and complete R2R2R. Mt. Humphreys is also in Arizona and it’s actually the highest point in the state with an elevation of 12,637ft!

from the USDA website:

Humphreys Trail is steep and long and extremely rocky in its higher reaches. Above treeline it exposes you completely to the whims of nature. Here it may snow during any month of the year. In late summer monsoon storms can set the high country snapping with lightning. Be prepared to turn around and head for lower ground if a thunderstorm is brewing!

Once you do reach the summit ridge you’ll feel like you’re standing on top of the world. Off in the distance, the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, the mesas that are home to the Hopi Indians the Verde Valley and Oak Creek Canyon form a 360 degree panorama. And after you’ve seen it you’ll be able to say you’ve been as high as you can get in Arizona.

To say I’m excited is an understatement! I’ll be making this trek in August (with my husband!) and I CANNOT wait!

yes, please!

yes, please!

2. Vancouver here I come!

I’ve never been to Canada but in September, that’s where I’ll be! My husband has a work trip out there and he’s decided this would be a great opportunity for me to meet him and explore together.

I’ve heard about some great trails in and near Vancouver and I’m looking forward to finding and choosing one to do. I actually came across a blogger who wrote about a trail in Vancouver she really liked. I got so excited and commented how I was going to be there in a few months but do you think I wrote down the trail she took? Or her blog site? (I had done a google search.) Though, I’m sure I won’t have any trouble finding somewhere to run, so don’t you worry πŸ™‚

3. Chicago Marathon

Ahhh!!!! I’m so freaking excited about this one!!! As you know, I’m raising money for the Ronald McDonald House (donate here if you’re so inclined ❀ ) and so far, it has been such an incredible time. I’ve gotten to know people fundraising through the Facebook page and we get weekly e-mails of motivation from the team leaders. We were even provided with a training schedule that I liked so much I’ve decided to follow it instead of my usual Hal.

It’s also going to be my husband’s first marathon which adds to the specialness of this race. He is amazing, so supportive, and I’m just completely a mess over this guy. I’m so excited for him to go through the journey of training for a marathon and running one and seeing how much it changes you. He’s seen it change me.

4. USA Half Marathon Invitational: San Diego, CA

You might have heard about this new race being billed the “Boston” of 1/2 Marathons. It’s a 1/2 marathon that requires a qualifying time to register. The times are generous (I still think it’s tough lol!) because of its newness but I anticipate–and the race says so itself–the times will become more competitive as the race increases in popularity.

My qualifying time for my age group (30-35) is 2:00.

from the race website:

With so many fun runs, mud runs, and color runs being launched nationwide, we noticed a decline in the production of competitive endurance events in the United States. This race was developed to encourage recreational runners to set new goals and challenges for themselves. The USA Half Marathon is the first β€œQualifiers Only” half marathon, designed for elite, sub-elite, and competitive runners.

Runners receive a qualifier’s jacket (ala Boston), a medal, and a finisher’s certificate.

The race is in San Diego in November. Now, San Diego is only a 6 hour drive from Phoenix but I’ve never been there! I’m pretty pumped that my first San Diego race will be an inaugural one and one that I think will be a pretty sweet race.

5. R2R2R (again!)

I’m heading back to the Canyon!!!!!

I said the only way I’d ever do this again was if my husband did it with me. Well, he’s been getting pretty into this running business and agreed to go with me next year! So, R2R2R 2016 will happen!

It’s not a race and we don’t run the entire thing, nor do we complete it in one day (although you can and some in my group have!) If you’re a new reader, you can check out my posts describing this 2 day adventure of 20+ miles a day, here and here.

the edge of glory

the edge of glory

I’m so excited about my running future. Even more so because it’s become my husband’s too–all 5 things I named we’ll be doing together!!! With the exception of Vancouver, we’ll also be doing all of this awesomeness with my running group AZTNT. This group has become my family, and I’ve been able to do some amazing things because of them and I’m so, so very grateful.


And there you have it!! With running, you never know where you’ll be heading to next! πŸ™‚

I hope all of you have a great weekend!! ❀ , helly

–Any exciting race-cations planned?

–Which of the 5 interest you? Would you want to cross the Grand Canyon twice?


38 responses

  1. I can comment on Chicago and Vancouver! Both great places. I visited Vancouver and thought it was the coolest city and by bar my favorite part of Canada. Visited Chicago once a few years ago and then went and ran the marathon in 2014. It was my second fastest marathon! LOVE it! You’ve got some fun stuff coming up!

  2. Oh wow… nice lineup.
    Mt. H is on my list too this year. And whoa 2hours for my age group too?! And I’m like 15 years older than you…lol, that’s crazy!

  3. I love everything about this post Helly, you have SO MUCH to look forward too, especially being able to do almost all of them with Ben! The Grand Canyon is on my MUST DO list. I really wanted to do it this year, but it looks like that won’t happen as my trip to AZ in October just got cancelled 😦

    I think you will love Vancouver, its is absolutely gorgeous there and I have always told my husband, I’d move there in a heartbeat! The air feels cleaner, everyone is outdoors and being active, its amazing!

  4. My boyfriend and I ran Chicago last fall (his first marathon!) and that was my first and only race-cation. I’m totally hooked ! I’m hoping to run Boston 2 Big Sur next spring which would be my first time to California! I would really love to run the Grand Canyon, but I don’t know if I would make it haha. Have a fabulous Friday!

  5. Wow!! Those are some amazing locations to look forward to!! Excited for you. Yay. That USA half sounds awesome! Fun runs have their place but it’s definitely cool to have a race you can bring your competitive spirit to. I actually qualify in my age group πŸ˜‰

    • Duuuuuude, thank you so much for your generous donation. I heart you like whoa.
      Totally agree that sometimes we need to rev up our engines and go, go, go! πŸ™‚ Since you qualify, head on down here!

  6. OMG so much fun ahead! I’ll be in Vancouver for a day in August before heading to Alaska with my family. I went there for Seawheeze a few years ago and loved it (recaps on my page – I dont have any hiking trails, but will give you an idea of the area). I am so excited for Chicago – I just booked my flight there πŸ™‚

  7. These all sound so awesome. I love that you make time to run in and try out such fun new places. I think you are going to have a blast at Chicago. It is an incredible race and doing it with a charity is a major bonus!

    • My husband and I like doing something out of the ordinary for our anniversary so that usually means me running somewhere vacation-ey πŸ˜€ This year though, I included him in the racing fun–Chicago will be his first marathon!

  8. I just found that USA Half in San Diego and it is very intriguing to me. I haven’t run a half yet but feel I could qualify in my age bracket by Sept….so we’ll see how that plays out. AZ is so diverse in its geography…..you are certainly taking advantage of the states beauty in your choices of runs/hikes. Enjoy and good luck!

  9. All of your upcoming race/run destinations look awesome!! Vancouver would probably be my favorite… I love going somewhere and exploring, especially if I can do my research ahead of time by reading running blogs! πŸ™‚ Have fun!!