50 States of Marathons

Delaware | Monster Mash

After the back to back races earlier in the year, Kaela convinced me that it would be an easier way to knock out neighboring states especially when having to drive. Since the first attempt was successful (even including a PR) I planned another for the fall on the east coast. I would start with the [...]

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Alaska | Beauty in Juneau

We like to wrap vacations around races, as it is the easiest way to kill two birds with one stone. Kaela and I had been wanting to go to Alaska for some time now and actually were able to make it work into our schedule. Alaska is a multiple leg flight from Columbus and with [...]

Iowa | Country Roads and Midwest Hills

The Run CRANDIC was not my first choice when originally planning for Iowa. I wanted to run the highly rated Marathon to Marathon. However, 2017 was the last year that they were running the race so I had to start looking into other options. A quick trip to Running in the USA (I think I [...]

Oklahoma | Wait, I thought OK was flat?

After wrapping up with Kansas, we were back in the car heading south down I-35 towards Oklahoma City for the second leg of this crazy weekend. When planning for this back to back I just used the 50 states gadget on runningintheusa.com to look up races that were near each other on weekends I had [...]

Kansas | Windy 50k on the Prairie Spirit

As states keep getting knocked off the list, Kaela and I are having to be strategic in travel plans to make our trips as purposeful as we can. I am getting to a point where driving to races is a longer adventure and with that we threw around the idea of trying to knock out [...]

Maryland | Hashawha Hills 50k

After a great finish to 2017 with a couple of world major marathons, I had big intentions for 2018. I planned a packed schedule that would stretch my limits and also get a good number of states completed as well. This year started just as last year planning to run Mississippi Blues Marathon. If you [...]

New York | TCS NYC Marathon

After 3 years of entering the lottery, I was finally accepted into the New York City Marathon! Let me catch you up on the busy summer/fall of 2017 leading up to what has become my favorite marathon to date.   After Grandma's Marathon I took a little time off running to try and get my [...]

Minnesota | A little run to Grandma’s

The day before the Chicago marathon, Kaela and I were sitting on Mike's couch browsing through the "Race Guide" they hand out to all participants. It has some information about the race but its mostly an opportunity for sponsors and other races to spread their messages. It must have worked pretty well on me because [...]

Tennessee | Hot and Humid Hills of Nashville

Well the story of how I ended up at the St. Jude's Rock and Roll Nashville marathon is quite an interesting one. A few years ago, when I was looking for different races to complete, this race popped up as a fun race in TN. Not being a big country music fan, I decided to [...]