34 months ago, ran my first marathon — in Anchorage Alaska.  Hit the wall at mile 21, decided no more marathons.  Done.

2014 goal: Ironman Boulder  — strategy: focus training on swim & bike; marathon once a month.

Ran my 2nd marathon in Tucson in shorts & snow flurries (only an hour-fifteen from Mexico).  Lesson learned: Pack for all kinds of weather.  Baton Rouge, my 3rd marathon, was BEAUTIFUL — one of my favourite runs…came completely unexpected.  Lesson learned: Don’t pre-judge.  Not everything in Louisiana is Duck Dynasty.  Austin — humidity…even in February.  Atlanta — hills.  Lesson learned: check out the online course map in advance.  Salt Lake City — altitude.  Maine Coast — dunes = hills.

After June’s Minneapolis Marathon was cancelled [while queued on the Start Line…yeah, still bitter] registered last minute for Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth.  Arrived 11pm night before, 3 hour drive to Duluth, no hotel accommodations, slept in my rental.  Result?  PR & my first sub-4 🙂   Missoula — hiked & camped in Glacier Nat’l Park.  2 bear sightings: grizzly juvenile & an adult black bear.  Bucket-list adventure included a heli-tour past the Canadian border.  Lesson learned: not always ’bout marathoning, enjoy the journey.

Pics of folks running in beanies & snow flurries on Monument Marathon’s (western Nebraska) website.  My experience?  Wilted in 95 degree heat & my first 5 hour+ finish, a PW.  Met 50-stater Dave & Marathon Maniac Stacy, while cooling down outside the med tent. Lesson learned: there’s a whole amazing community of runners attempting to run all 50 States.  Newport (Rhode Island) — cool, ocean-side run. Lesson learned: the journey is SOOOO much better with friends at the Finish Line.  Thanks Dawn & Stephen!

Fave of my first Dozen: Mesa Falls (Idaho), 30 minutes west of the Tetons.  Spent my birthday at Old Faithful, followed that with hikes in Yellowstone & Grand Teton Nat’l Park.  FAAANNNTASTIC!

 

# State Marathon City Date Time Bib #
1 AK Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon Anchorage 6/22/2013 4:55.28 363
2 AZ Tucson Marathon Tucson 12/8/2013 4:05.39 321
3 LA Louisiana Marathon Baton Rouge 1/19/2014 4:12.38 9361
4 TX Austin Marathon Austin 2/16/2014 4:27.41 1625
5 GA Georgia Marathon Atlanta 3/23/2014 4:45.14 1575
6 UT Salt Lake City Marathon Salt Lake City 4/19/2014 4:41.23 469
7 ME Maine Coast Marathon Biddeford 5/11/2014 4:53.29 480
8 MN Grandma’s Marathon Duluth 6/21/2014 3:56.38 4511
9 MT Missoula Marathon Missoula 7/13/2014 4:27.21 592
10 ID Mesa Falls Marathon Ashton 8/23/2014 4:38.08 97
11 NE Monument Marathon Scottsbluff 9/27/2014 5:36.29 1048
12 RI Newport Rhode Races Newport 10/12/2014 4:17.22 383

 

 

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