Antrim Coast, Lake Superior, Marin County, Monument Valley, Red Desert + Pyramids at Giza
Plus: Casey Johnston will join us Friday for a Q&A on strength training
Good morning/afternoon, friends! ☀️
Before we get to this week’s list of races and recommendations, I wanted to share with you something I’m really excited about: Casey Johnston, the writer behind the She's A Beast newsletter and Liftoff, on weight-lifting, exercise, nutrition and more, will join us for our Friday discussion to answer your questions on strength training (or anything you’d like to ask).
She joined our discussion on strength training a couple of weeks ago; I was excited to see her here, as I know what a knowledgeable voice of reason she brings to this topic, from her interviews in places like New York magazine, Slate and the Atlantic, and a wide range of podcasts.
So, I’m really, really excited she’ll be joining us on Friday. I’ll plan on sending out the discussion thread a little later than I normally do that morning, to accommodate her schedule — Casey is on west coast time, while I’m on east coast — so look for it around noon ET on Friday.
In the meantime, feel free to brainstorm any questions you have for Casey — and I look forward to our chat on Friday!
🏃 To run
🇬🇧 Antrim Coast Half Marathon. Run along a stretch of the Northern Ireland coastline that’s “one of the fastest road courses in the world” and “takes in some of the most stunning scenery in Europe,” including places that served as filming locations for movies and shows like Game of Thrones, this race unfolds largely along the iconic Antrim Coast Road, a nearly 200-mile-long highway that’s home to sights like the Glens of Antrim, plentiful castles and historic villages, as well as hikes and jaw-dropping natural beauty. The out-and-back course follows a mostly flat route from Larne’s Chaine Memorial Tower to the turnaround in Ballygally, a small coastal village just north of Larne, and then back again. Set for August 27, 2023.
⛰️ Ciel Ferney Trail Races. A once-in-a-lifetime run through the Vallée de Ferney, a forest and wildlife preserve on Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar. Some 3,500 runners come out each year to take part in this race, which features a 5K, 10K, 18K and 35K that unfold through the Bambou mountains just north of Mahébourg, overlooking the bay of Vieux Grand Port. The preserve protects a rare, 400-year-old forest on the island, which you’ll get to see as you make your way along the (very!) hilly and challenging route. Set for September 9, 2023.