As with most of my running goals, I had a spark of an idea and after very little research decided to turn that idea into a goal.
Having said that, my next running goal is to run a half marathon in each state of the country. 50 States, 50 Half Marathons. As I stated in the title this will be a long term goal. It is not something I plan on accomplishing in 2016. Mainly because I’d have to quit my job to get all that traveling done in one year. However that does not mean I won’t try and knock off a few close states in 2016.
To try and cut down on costs of these races I will attempt to promote some of these closer runs on my blog Running Philly in exchange for free race bibs. This will be an expensive endeavor so I should be financially smart about it. I will also try and run as many races I can on behalf of BibRave as an ambassador for them. They do a great job establishing relationships with races across the country so I will do my part to try and run as many as I can for them.
I’ll be tracking my progress on the map below, highlighting in orange the states I have completed. As you see, I have a lot of work ahead of me. Technically I ran 2 rounds of 13.1 miles at the Chicago Marathon, doesn’t that count?????
So now, as with everything running related, I will begin to look into others who have done this and will get myself integrated into that community. I have always looked at my running journey as just that, a journey to share with others.
If anyone reading this is embarking on a similar challenge I would love to hear from you. Or if you are reading this or connected with me on social media, and I am running in your state, I am always looking for a meet up.
My journey to date: (states in red not ran yet)