Running Around the World!
I don’t think there has been a year in my life when I’ve traveled as much as I did in 2019. There was never a dull moment as I zig-zagged my way around the globe a few times and one of the biggest anxieties I faced wasn’t what to pack…it was managing a running routine! While I didn’t always get to log as many miles as I might have liked (due primarily to tightly constrained flight and broadcast schedules), I did make sure to get SOME runs –even short ones– everywhere I journeyed. I was mostly successful..and found surprising pleasure in these abbreviated workouts.
Thanks, as always, for your enthusiastic interest in my running endeavors…and to my coach Baker & trainer Andrew for keeping me motivated and injury free! I tallied a surprising # of miles when I added them all up…more than last year and, in fact, one of my higher on record!
January: Israel had me enjoying runs in Jerusalem* and along the magnificent seaside in Tel Aviv*.
February: Awards season in Hollywood means prime running in Los Angeles, Pasadena and Beverly Hills. I also made it to my hometown in Pennsylvania and beautiful Sydney, Australia.
March: Aboard an Azamara cruise ship to Cairns*, Australia, I wobbled through some high seas-treadmill runs. Back on dry land, I ran in the Hamptons and the Baltimore Harbor area.
April: Back to Los Angeles
June: NYC’s Italy Run 5 miler was run in 47:23 on a beautiful Spring day in Central Park. That was followed up by a marathon of travels & new running experiences including Marina Del Rey, Orlando Florida*, Hudson Yards New York, Tokyo Japan* and Pennsylvania.
July: A month long birthday celebration started up and down the East Coast and led all the way to Hawaii with The Rock! Boston, Provincetown*, East Hampton, Baltimore, spectacular Kauai* and ended up in Beverly Hills.
September: My first trip to Vancouver* Canada kicked off my months of runs that eventually included old favorite locales like Pennsylvania, Los Angeles and Baltimore.
October: A punishing work/travel schedule was offset by exciting runs in Hong Kong, Perth Australia and Noumea* New Caledonia,
November: At sea in the South Pacific* while performing on a P&O Cruise, I managed a treadmill run but fared better in Sydney Australia before heading on to Cabo San Lucas*, Mexico. The seaside views were almost as spectacular as the time I spent with one of my favorite interviewees, Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson. Kevin Hart was there, too, and he assured me his recent car accident won’t have a long term impact on his own devotion to running. I finished out the month with a treadmill run in Los Angeles and had the pleasure of meeting music legend Jonny Mathis, who frequents the same gym and is also a “Dawn Patroller” like me…we were both in there at 5am!
December: I finished up this year of running adventures with a trip back to Orlando and many marvelous miles in my hometown, NYC. A post Christmas bout of bronchitis prevented me from squeezing a last minute burst of miles, but that will just mean a bigger kick off to 2020!
Whew! I’m exhausted just recounting all of that!
*Denotes first time running locales
2019 – 1167.4 (1878.74 km)
2018 – 1132 (1821.77 km)
2017 – 1160 (1866.83 km)
2016 – 1212.5 (1951.32 km)
2015 – 1092.8 (1758.69 km)
2014 – 1169.5 (1882.12 km)
2013 – 1323.6 (2130.1 km)
2012 – 1175.2 (1891.30 km)
2011 – 1200 (1931.21 km)
2010 – 1105.6 (1779.29 km)
2009 – 1070.1 (1722.16 km)
2008 – 1152 (1853.96 km)
2007 – 1300 (2091.7 km)
2006 – 1064 (1712.34 km)
2005 – 1143 (1839.08 km)
2004 – 944.9 (1520.34 km)
2003 – 834.2 (1342.22 km)