Why hello there! If you clicked on the “about” me link, you probably want to know the following – I’m a woman, in my late 30s, currently running marathons at a blistering pace of 12:40+ per mile (well, right right now I’m not running at all due to injury). I live in New York City, but I didn’t grow up here, so please don’t hold it against me. I have a love-hate relationship with running, and a love-love relationship with candy (both of which make it difficult to increase my pace, but running as a back-of-the-packer can be lots of fun, too).
I started running in 2004 when I signed up for my first marathon. At that time, I literally couldn’t run a quarter mile without stopping, but after a summer of shin splints and many muggy, long, slow runs, I finished. I did one more marathon the year after that, then took a few years off from long-distance running. After picking it back up again and running a few more marathons, I admitted to myself that I want to finish a marathon in each of the fifty nifty United States. I battle recurring injuries, waning motivation, and tempting but injurious foods every day. I finally became a Marathon Maniac in December 2015 (took me a long time to qualify for even their lowest level), but became a member of the 50 States Marathon Club a couple years before that (huzzah!).
I haven’t found a lot of info online about regular (cough slow cough) people aiming for 50 in 50 – people with skeletons of bone and joints of worn cartilage instead of steel & WD-40. Also, the sheer logistics of running the 50 states can be overwhelming at times, not to mention the time it will take. Other people seem to be able to knock out a marathon every week or two, but my most ambitious year so far is 2015, with six marathons scheduled. I’ve had to drop marathons in the past due to injury, though, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
I try to keep my posts informative and hopefully amusing. You probably don’t care about how I personally ran a certain race, and you certainly don’t care about my daily training schedule, but you do care about the logistics, the packing lists, the transportation, the hotels, the pricing, the food, the medals, and other details, so that’s what I always try to include. I also try to make my site easy to navigate, so if there are multiple posts about a certain race and you want to read them all, I try to make it simple for you to click through to all of them.
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