I’m still suffering from my recent injury (posterior tibialis tendonitis, maybe?), so I’ve been not running, which is the only thing worse than actually running. When I feel like I’m not making progress on my running goals, I tend to make travel plans and lists and records of when I was making progress. This time, I made a map and updated my 50 States Schedule!
I’ve been messing around with clickable maps since I created this blog two years ago, but I finally ponied up the 10 bucks to create one that can be saved and edited in the future. You can make your own free clickable map at various sites online (like here and here) or you can pay about $10 to save it for future editing. Just think, you could make maps to reflect which states you’ve run a race in, eaten candy in, or where you owe people money. The possibilities are endless!
50 States Marathon Quest
Green = completed, pink = scheduled but not yet run, blue = not scheduled yet!
I’d really like to knock off that cluster of New England states, but a lot of them only have fall races that I’m interested in. I’m looking forward to all the western and midwestern states since they are large topographically and it’ll feel like I’m making a lot of progress when I knock off one of those (compared to, say, Delaware).
I’ve also condensed my original 8-year plan to run the 50 States into a (
possibly absurd) 4.3 year plan (but really I only shaved off 2 years). Check it out below. I included my entire marathon history to help you plan your own 50 States. As you can see, I didn’t run many marathons the first 9 years that I started running, so I condensed those years into a single column. The more I look at this schedule, the more I think it’s not do-able, since I’ve always had to drop out of marathons due to injury (and here I am again, injured, while I have 3 marathons in the next 3 months scheduled). But I guess the upside with this schedule-tweaking is even if I know I won’t be able to make it in 2019, I’ll have two years to knock off any straggling states and still hit my original goal of finishing in 2021.
You can also see I’m considering doing a Rock n’ Roll-heavy 2017, even though I’ve only heard bad things about their races (I’ve never actually run one – I signed up for Las Vegas a couple years ago but couldn’t do it due to travel). Competitor Group (the company behind the RnR race series) offers a “tour pass“ where you can run any 3 races for $219 (equaling $73 race) or unlimited races for $479 (which, if I did 6 races that year, would amount to $80 per race), plus you get special medals for each additional race you run that calendar year. Since normal prices are around $90 to $110 for their marathons, it’s not a huge savings, but like buffets or data plans, unlimited always sounds better. I’ve included several alternatives to the RnR races that year, for your benefit and in case I wise up and realize doing an RnR-heavy year is a bad idea. I’ve also included various other race alternatives that I might need as my schedule changes, injuries don’t heal, or flights get canceled. As much as I like planning, gotta plan in some flexibility, too!
What do you do when you’re injured, besides not running? Do you enjoy making schedules? Which is your favorite state to visit? Share in the comments!