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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

#20: Alabama, First Light Marathon

I had a great double marathon weekend, special thanks to Carol Goslin for organizing the ladies trip!!!

#19: Mississippi Blues Marathon

I finished my third double marathon weekend in January in Mississippi and was a great way to kick off 2012 with a great group of runners and friends.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

#18: Tennessee, St. Jude Marathon

This was my last full marathon of 2011 and a good way to finish the year.  As you all know I've started this journey to raise awareness and support for The Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine.  I went there after my dad suddenly passed away in 2006.  The Center was very helpful and welcoming to me and its services are free for people of all ages.

The St. Jude Marathon went through the St. Jude Children's Hospital and was very emotional/inspirational.  There were many posters, pictures of patients, and inspiring quotations along the course.  

My goal at the beginning of 2011 was to run one marathon each month.  It's hard to believe that I ran 16 full marathons and my first 50k this year.  I also ran a few 10ks, 5ks, and half marathons and of course rocked The New Balance Reach the Beach Relay twice.  It was a great year of running and I am thankful for all of the friends I have made along the way.  Thank you everyone for all of your support.  I am looking forward to all of the miles that 2012 brings and all of the new and continued friendships.  Next up is the Mississippi Blues/First Light double in Miss and Alabama.  Happy Running and Happy Holidays!!
St. Jude Children's Hospital
Congratulations to Maricar on completing her 50 state challenge! It was an honor to be there with you for it!
At the expo.

Beale St.
Hal Higdon signed my bib!
Yes!!! I found a lobster!!

#17: Oklahoma, Route 66 Marathon

The 2011 Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa was a special one because we had our own VIP Tent for 50 Staters and Marathon Maniacs and special engraved medals! A special thanks to Annette and Guy for their support and sharing most of the miles with me.  It was a brutal course--freezing, windy, and hilly! The sun never came out and the temperature dropped throughout the race.  So glad to have this one behind me!
Team Ultra Blanton and I
Danielle and I
Pre-race dinner
With the Lululemon Tulsa girls
We did it!!
Rockin out the course
At The Center of The Universe
Gettin my kicks on Route 66!
I found Thunder!!
Annette, Guy, and I

Yes, I took the .3 mile detour for this medallion and a beer!
Don and I
We had a little too much fun with the photo booth at the expo.
My bib # signed by Marathon Maniacs 1, 2, and 3!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

#16: Nevada, Hoover Dam Marathon

Pictures do not do justice of how beautiful Lake Mead/Hoover Dam really is.
This was a beautiful one.  It was definitely challenging in the heat, but well worth the view on the course.  Joyce, the race director puts on a great marathon with plenty of support along the course.  This is a must do if you are looking to run a marathon in Nevada.  I stayed on the strip and a bus picked up the runners along the strip.  I brought sweet sixteen in with many new friends.  I ran with one woman from Arizona who gave me her breast cancer bracelet at the end of the marathon.  This marathon at some points made me want to cry because I felt like my dad was with me enjoying the scenery in the canyons and tunnels at Hoover Dam.  My friend Kayla came with me and we enjoyed Halloween in Las Vegas and the Grand was a great trip!!
Pre-race hydration bellinis!

Martha and I
Lake Mead
At the Grand Canyon.
Post-marathon...ready for some 80's Halloween Vegas action!
Mile 20 is always a happy sign.
The breast cancer bracelet a runner gave me.  I ran the last few miles with her.  She was getting very dizzy running through the tunnels (see below). 

Halloween in Vegas...80's style!