Running 50 States
I set a new big picture running goal back in 2013 to run in all 50 states. I am fortunate enough to travel for work and to visit my far-flung friends and family, so I get to see some beautiful new places and do some interesting new runs. I’ll use this page to keep track of my states as I check them off. For the purposes of this little life goal, I decided that half a mile of an intentional run will count (not just chasing my kid in the yard for an hour and assuming that adds up to a mile of running – or running from zombies or a bear or something). That felt big enough to be intentional, but not so big that it doesn’t allow me the fun of trying to figure out to run half a mile on a layover in Detroit or something. Who knows – after I check them all off for runs, maybe I’ll step it up to races in all states. 🙂
Arkansas: First run (on a mountain!) in May 2013; Race in November 2013 (Turkey Trot) – my current 5K PR!
California: Gorgeous run on the Golden Gate Bridge for my virtual 10K – Women’s Health’s Run10Feed10 – in October 2013
Colorado: Treadmill run in Denver July 2013
Florida: Princess Half Marathon February 2014
Georgia: 1.5 miles around the Marriott at the airport in Atlanta in February 2014, after an unplanned overnight travel delay. Good reason to keep running gear in carry on!
Hawaii: Treadmill run in Maui in October 2012 for the SparkPeople Halloween virtual 5K (my first 5K!)
Kansas: A quick jog around around a gas station parking lot just to cross this state off!
Iowa: Des Moines Half Marathon in October 2014 and a new PR!
Illinois: Run along the lake shore in Chicago in April 2014
Indiana: A couple of snowy runs outside in February 2014 when I was in South Bend for my cutie godson’s baptism
Louisiana: Treadmill run in March 2013
Maryland: A mile along the waterfront in Baltimore in October 2014
Mississippi: Color Me Radd 5K March 2013
Missouri: Half a mile on our drive down to Arkansas for Thanksgiving just so I could check this state off the list! November 2013
Montana: Visited Big Sky Montana for work in July 2014 and got in some nice runs and hiking in the mountains
Nebraska: All the time, since this is where I started running back in August 2012
North Carolina: Treadmill, April 2013
Oklahoma: Little bitty run in June 2014, but it counts!
Pennsylvania: Running up the Rocky Steps in Philadelphia in October 2014
Rhode Island: Gorgeous run along the coastline in October 2013
Tennessee: Treadmill runs on a trip to Memphis, with no outside runs due to weather and safety 😦
Utah: Great, mind clearing run in October 2014 out to Temple Square