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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

March 2013

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

Gorgeous to watch the sun come up over the mountains!

Gorgeous to watch the sun come up over 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

View from the top of the Rocky steps (which I of course ran up rather than walk - I did walk down rather than risk injury).

View from the top of the Rocky steps (which I of course ran up rather than walk – I did walk down rather than risk injury).

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


20 responses to “Running 50 States

  1. […] This has been a crazy week! My travel back from Indiana got disrupted by a giant snowstorm, rerouting me through Atlanta overnight Monday. The only pluses to that would be a) I got to meet another friend’s baby for the first time – loads of cuddles this weekend! and b) I went for a run outside my hotel room, getting to mark Georgia officially off of my running in all 50 states list! […]

  2. […] far as the 50 states challenge is concerned, this week I should be checking Oklahoma off the list while I’m down visiting […]

  3. […] up our visit to Oklahoma and I’m happy to say I’ve crossed another state off of my list of 50 states to run in. I love checking things off a list (even if it took a really HOT and unexpectedly short […]

  4. […] training plan, so all of those goals are in play, and will be crossing Montana off of my “50 states” running list in a couple of weeks. Any tips on running at higher […]

  5. […] I set a goal to run in all 50 states and now I’m up to 16, with plans to cross Pennsylvania, Maryland, Utah and possibly DC off […]

  6. […] tomorrow from that gorgeous run, I promise, but this was a great way to make Philadelphia off my 50 states running […]

  7. […] of travel coming up for work this month, which means I get to check lots of states off of my “50 state” goal list. Yesterday, I got to check off both Pennsylvania and Maryland in a single day, on […]

  8. […] Send me all of your best vibes for safe and happy and non-rainy running! Checking Iowa off of my 50 states list today and getting some new bling to show for […]

  9. […] part of what helped, other than the sleep, was a gorgeous easy little run to mark Utah off of my 50 states list. I confess, the only reason I hauled myself out of bed to run was so I didn’t this […]

  10. […] had me crossing Illinois off my “50 states to run in” […]

  11. […] month I also added another state to my 50 states to run list and added a few more miles to my 100 miles of races list. It was a good […]

  12. […] Children’s Lounge, I did some work and then got the bright idea to mark Texas off my “running 50 states” list by jogging in the Children’s Lounge. I jogged up and down the little room for 10 […]

  13. […] work and try to run wherever I can because it’s a great way to see the places I visit (see my 50 states goal here!). For more tips on finding places to run when you travel, check out this […]

  14. […] the line. I pulled out the phone and sure enough, I hadn’t yet checked Kansas off my “50 states to run” list somehow so I hopped out at a gas station to run a little half mile (my minimum for […]

  15. […] RunstoGetWaisted (more about her down below!) and to run a bit in Oregon to check Oregon off of my 50 states. Still, all this travel plus Oliver’s cold has me fuzzy headed. I looked at my calendar in my […]

  16. […] me with an easy run filled with Christmas lights. Thanks Oregon for making crossing you off my 50 states list so pretty. […]

  17. […] time all around. I need to add an honorable mention category of countries I’ve run in to my 50 states page (up to 24 states […]

  18. […] fly out of Minneapolis for my trip to Norway, so I’ll be able to cross Minnesota off of the 50 states running list that way. There is a path up to Minneapolis that comes very near South Dakota, so I may even be able […]

  19. […] past mountains and along Cook Inlet. It sounds like a fantastic way to mark Alaska off of my 50 states running list! As a bonus, since this is a summer race, we’ll be able to work it into vacation around […]

  20. […] I get to run in a lot of different places. It definitely makes it easier to check states off of my 50 states running list.🙂 I went to New Orleans in October for a meeting and took advantage of the timing to run the […]

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