My Top 9 Instagram Posts from 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s always fun to reflect on the year that was. For the past several years, I’ve been documenting my adventures mostly on Instagram, so it’s always interesting to recap my Top 9 Instagram Posts from 2019. This year, it’s a recap of my top nine posts with the most engagement; which includes likes, comments and many inspired conversations via direct messages.

What are your top moments from the year? Let me know in the comments of this post. Or jump over to my Instagram profile to follow my adventures throughout 2020!

Fairlife Milk

Two of my top Instagram posts from 2019 include commentary on Fairlfe Milk. Activists released videos depicting animal abuse and used them in a marketing campaign with an attempt to slander Fair Oaks Farms and dairy farmers. I had a few choice words that drew the ire of commenters.

Bottom Line: We shouldn’t allow edited marketing videos from animal rights activists to dictate our views of a farm or those involved in agriculture. We have standards in place to ensure proper animal care. When those standards are not followed, there are punishments for violators and changes are made to ensure animal abuse does not continue.

Running Adventures

Of course, I’m always running and seeking out new trail adventures with my travels. I’ll follow up with a recap of my 2019 races, but I’ve fully enjoyed surpassing my goal of 1,400 miles this year. I reached a new milestone of running my first 100 km race. I kicked off the year with this 50-mile race in Moab. And shaved 15 minutes off my marathon PR. That’s just the start. I’m glad to see these as part of my top 9 Instagram posts from 2019.

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15-minute PR. I had no clue that was coming when I kicked off for the Colfax Marathon this morning! Now I have a 3:30:18 marathon under my belt! . Seriously had no strategy going in. Nothing special. No pacing. No specific training. I just wanted to get sub-4 hours and complete a 50-mile training week with a good run. . Well, it certainly turned out better than expected. I started off behind the 3:45 pace group and skipped ahead of them on a downhill at mile 3. I guess I never looked back. Next thing I knew I was 6 miles in, running through Broncos stadium and had been clicking off 8:00 miles. . 12 miles later, I realized I was giving it a go at my first marathon with negative splits. With one more hill ahead in the final 5k, I realized I had almost caught up with the 3:30 pace group. [OMFG, WHAT?!?] . NO CLUE where that race came from. I charged ahead the final few miles and missed sub-3:30 by 18 seconds. Crossing the finish line, I was kind of waiting for the pain to kick in. But I was more concerned about the lack of chocolate milk and searching for a beer tent. Guess this is a good sign for my overall training efforts? 🤷‍♂️ . . . #runchat #marathon #medalmonday #runcolfax #colfaxmarathon #26point2 #garmin #altra #trainingforultra #denver #runnerscommunity #lovewhatyoudo #lovewhereyoulive #teambeef #running #runnersofinstagram

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Work and Travel Life

What I love most about my job is the opportunity to travel across the country working with farmers, ranchers, and members of the beef community. While I’ve completed over 70 presentations this year and put in some very long hours at work, I’m so lucky to be able to take a few hours to enjoy some good food (or favorite ice cream) and share my story along the way.

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TWO YEARS. This week marks 2 years as an employee with @beefusa. The months have absolutely flown by and I feel so lucky to have a #career that allows me to do what I love. It’s #humbling to know that I work on programs that represent #farmers and #ranchers all across this country, sharing amazing resources from @beefitswhatsfordinner for those asking questions about #beef and how #cattle are raised. I’m so #thankful for the incredible people I’m able to work with on a weekly basis through my #travel and the impact we’re making by coaching advocates to strengthen their efforts in sharing their stories. I hope I can continue to pursue lofty #goals that challenge me to continually improve my work and knowledge. I hope I #neverstoplearning and #neverstopexploring in this great country we call home. . . . #anniversary #ilovemyjob #worklife #worklifebalance #frequentflyer #workweek #lovewhatyoudo #lovewhereyoulive #beeffacts #beefitswhatsfordinner #selfie #goPokes #denver #coloraodo #lifelessons #feedyouradventure #beefmonth #advocacy

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We’re wrapping up the decade and it’s hard not to take time to reflect on all the changes that have taken place over the past 10 years. There’s been a ton of personal growth, extreme adventures and some hard times that build character.

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I don’t have to be here to talk to mom, but I try to be here once each year. There’s a specific comfort in being able share all that’s on your mind, even when they’re gone. To all those who will be missing loved ones in the upcoming holiday months, you’re never alone. . 🎶 Well its been a year and there so much to tell. Been doing alright in spite of myself. Just wish I could stop feeling bad when I pray. But I know I’m gonna get there someday. . Got that job I was dreaming about. Sometimes its tough traveling around. But who I wanna be still seems so far away. But I know I’m gonna get there someday. . Glad I told you all I meant to. While I had the chance. Cause every moment I had with you. Made me who I am. . By the way, I met someone new. And wouldn’t you know, he’s a whole lot like you. Still I ain’t ready to settle down in one place. But I know I’m gonna get there someday. . Well I guess I’ll be moving on. I’ll just leave these daisies by your stone. And momma, I still miss you every day. But I know I’m gonna get there someday. . When that’ll be, guess only God can say. But I know I’m gonna get there someday. 🎶 . It’s like Dierks Bentley wrote that song for me.

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Your Top 9 Instagram Posts

So what were your top 9 Instagram posts from this year? As we’re wrapping up the year, so many people are sharing these great moments and I’d love to see yours. Tag me on Instagram and let me know what your favorite moments were in 2019.

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Ryan Goodman works in grassroots advocacy with beef cattle farmers and ranchers across the United States. He is a proud alumnus of Oklahoma State University, with studies focusing on cattle reproduction and nutrition. Ryans
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