I first got into running in July 2008 when I signed up for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon. And as the chronic overachiever I am, yes, I ran a 26.2 mile race before I ran a 13.1 mile race……a little backwards but I thought hey, if I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do this big.
I was hooked on running after the first marathon although it took weeks for me to be able to run again….I wanted a way to incorporate running races into the rest of my life so I set a goal for myself to run a half marathon in every state and a handful of countries throughout the rest of my life. I was saddened to realize this is not a novel concept in the running world – the next day I read an article in the Indianapolis Star about a man who had just completed his 50th race in Hawaii. Then I discovered there’s an entire club dedicated to the pursuit of this not-so-unique dream. I was even more shocked to discover several people who complete my lifetime dream in 50 days, running one race every day! Dean Karnazes is one of them, and I’m proud to say fellow Rhodes Alum, Sam accomplished this feat while raising awareness about rebuilding New Orleans. So, it has been done before. It has been done bigger before (you’d be hard pressed to convince me to run a marathon 48+ more times….a half marathon is plenty far, thank you!). It has been done faster before (I would love to try to do it in the race-a-day format but there are a few problems, with that – 1. it must be exhausting 2. it must be expensive 3. it certainly doesn’t leave time to explore the state or city I’m in….). So, I’m not bothered that my goal is not the hardest, most challenging it could be. I’m pleased that my love of traveling can unite with a love of running for a lifetime pursuit.
The lists below are races I’ve run, races I’m in training for and races selected to represent their state. There are a few races I’ve run prior to starting this blog and so will have to backtrack to bring their stories to you. I’m sure I’ll remember them much more glamorously than they actually occurred…….
3. The Gauntlet Half Marathon – Killarney, Ireland 2009
5. Rock N Roll New Orleans Half Marathon – 2010
6. 13.1 Atlanta Half Marathon – 2010
7. Memphis Road Race Series Half Marathon – 2010
8. St. Jude Memphis Marathon – December 4, 2010
12. St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon – December 3, 2011 (story coming soon)
16. St. Jude Memphis Half-Marathon – December 1, 2012.