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Sunday, November 20, 2016

State #38: North Carolina, Tobacco Road Marathon

I met up with my friends from Maine (Hobgoods) and Larry Wasson from Indiana for this marathon. It was Saint Patrick's Day weekend so we went to an Irish Pub for beers and Irish food.

I spent most of the marathon running with Eddie Vega and Larry.  I didn't feel good around miles 22-23, but did well considering I was sick for about 2-3 weeks before.  I ran this marathon with my friends Sarah and Ann Marie's names on my arm, they are true inspirations with medical conditions they are battling.  I looked at their names several times while running and they gave me strength.

I was really happy to get through this marathon and check off another state.  I will be taking the spring and summer to focus on training.  I plan to return to marathons in the fall and my plan is to hit state 40 in October.

I really appreciate everyone's support and I am really excited to only be 12 states away from my goal. 
Finish with Larry and Eddie

At Raleigh Airport
I woke up early to leave Boston!

Saint Patrick's Day lunch

Downtown Raleigh

NC State Capitol

NC State Capitol

Liana, Me, Jessie


Thursday, September 29, 2016

State #37: Missouri, Conservation Marathon

It always feels great to have another marathon behind me.  I didn't feel that great around miles 19-20 so I ended up walking the last few miles.  It was fun to join my friend Alison again on another marathon adventure. I am excited to be two marathons away from 40 states now! I cannot wait to count down.  I am looking forward to picking marathons and half marathons in the future and not repeating the states! It has been a tough journey, but an interesting and fun one so far.   

Springfield, MO was a little city with not much to do, but Alison and I found things to do! There is no place like home!!

State #36-Nebraska, Omaha Marathon

I wasn't too thrilled originally to travel to Nebraska. I didn't want to leave Boston! I met up and shared an AirBnb with my good friend Alison Black.

Alison and I did an early start which was an adventure.  The marathon was delayed because there was a shooting on the marathon course.  Thankfully, Alison and I missed the shooting, but the area in which it took place was an area that we were close to at the same time of the incident.

I enjoyed the marathon course and felt pretty good the last 3 miles.  The finish was inside of the TD Ameritrade baseball park which was really cool.

I really felt like my dad was with me during this marathon. Some of the street lights kept flickering on and off while running in the dark.  My dad used to tell me that he turned them on and off with his brain! LOL!

I also felt like my grandmother (dad's mother) was with me because I kept seeing so many beautiful monarch butterflies.

I am really grateful to have another state behind me.  This was my 38th full marathon.  I am getting closer to 40 states which makes me very excited.  Thanks everyone for your support.

TD Ameritrade Park (finished inside the stadium)

Old Market-downtown Omaha

Omaha Farmer's Market

Standing in two states at once!

Supporting NE!


I caught Alison sliding down a 30ft slide!

Heartland of America Park

Friday, December 4, 2015

State #35: Arkansas, Little Rock Marathon

Little Rock is a neat little city. There are so many friendly people, many biking and running trails, and some good little cafes/restaurants.  I was able to re-connect with some of my Little Rock friends which was fun.

The Hobgood's and I stayed with each other, and Jessie and Liana both ran PR's! I was thankful to run the first 16 miles with my friend Larry Wasson from Indiana.  I did not feel good because of the heat and became sick.  I was happy to finish this one as each mile seemed to take longer as I became more sick.

We really earned our 3lb+ medals at the LR Marathon!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

State #34: Maryland, Baltimore Marathon

Baltimore was awesome!! Yes, some runners complain about the hills, but the hills could be much worse.  The first few miles are hilly/challenging, and some hilly miles towards the end, but it's not anything a marathoner can't tackle.

I loved the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore.  There were so many neat shops and places to eat along with street performers.  I really enjoyed the spectators along the marathon course.  They had a lot of Baltimore Pride especially after all of the riots this year (2015).

My friend Jessie and I and Jessie's sister, Liana, stayed in Baltimore together.  We had a great time exploring, eating, and drinking our way through Baltimore.

And...that's a wrap for 2015! Have a great holiday season everyone and I'll be back with marathon fun in 2016!

State #33: Wisconsin, Fox Cities Marathon

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Wisconsin cheese!
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Back to Boston!
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Returning to Boston!
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I traveled to Milwaukee and drove with Cheryl B. a 50 Stater to Appleton (thank you Cheryl)!  I stayed with my 50 State Club/Marathon Maniac friends Alison, Lisa, and Ed in a small and adorable house in Menasha, close to the marathon finish line.

I was very concerned about finishing this marathon because of some medical issues, but I was able to complete it despite being sick during the marathon.  This marathon taught me more about myself and my strength.  I was extremely happy to finish.

The course had many wonderful volunteers and was very well organized.  The finish was beautiful in a park along Lake Winnebago in Menasha, WI.

Thank you everyone for your continued support.  I am heading to Baltimore next!
Old ice cream spoons in the house rental!
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Leaving Wisconsin.

Friday, September 12, 2014

State #32: Louisiana, New Orleans Marathon

I loved NOLA!! The culture, history, food, and music was unbelievable.  There is no place like it, and I hope to return someday.  I was able to extend my stay a couple of days due to the first major snowstorm that hit the Boston area.  My flight was canceled, but I was happy to stay in NOLA a little bit longer.  I explored a lot! 

I met my friend Nicole @NixieTale from Chicago and we ran part of the marathon together and had a fun time exploring the city.  I also met up with my friend Nancy from Dallas which was a lot of fun.

I talked to a few locals and one local told me that she lost everything from Hurricane Katrina. 
She said, "What God takes from you, he replaces to you twice."-Jonecka


Delicious beignets!

On the marathon course!

Jackson Sq.

Hurricane drink at the Carousel Bar