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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

State #29: Delaware, Delaware Marathon

Another marathon with Jessie! We took the Amtrak down to Wilmington, DE from Boston.  Unfortunately, someone took their life by jumping in front of the train.  It was very unsettling, and we were stuck in Connecticut for a couple of hours.  Some passengers on the train were complaining about the delay, but Jessie and I didn't complain.  It put everything into perspective for us, and we were just concerned about the safety of ourselves and everyone else. We made in to Wilmington safely and started to explore the riverfront/boardwalk area.

We were told by locals to not go downtown so we stayed near the riverfront and we frequented a local brewery called Iron Hill Brewery, it was DELICIOUS!! We definitely had a good time carb loading there.  The race was extremely hot and sunny, and there was not much shade along the course.  It was two loops which was tough, but on the second loop, I saw things that I didn't see the first loop.  I found Lori and Randy on the course which was a highlight of the trip.  We ran the Great Cranberry Island Ultra Marathon together in 2011, and it was really fun to see them again.

The next marathons that I have planned are in October with my 50 State/Marathon Maniac friend Alison Black.  I am looking forward to more miles and adventures in memory of my dad and to benefit The Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine. Thanks for following my journey! 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

State #28: Georgia, Albany Marathon

My good friend Jessie and I traveled to Atlanta together and then we drove to Albany for marathon weekend.  I am forever grateful and blessed for the people I have met during this journey and the places I have been able to see.

Georgia=SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY!! The people were so friendly everywhere we went.  We tried to get a salad or sandwich when we first arrived, but our options were very limited because fried food seemed to be everywhere.  We did find a great local place in downtown Albany called the Cookie Jar. 

We were in Albany for Mardi Gras weekend, it was fun because there were lots of street vendors, bands, and families exploring downtown the weekend of the marathon.  The course support was excellent and the parts along the river were very nice.  I would definitely recommend this marathon to someone that wants a hometown, well organized race.

After the marathon, Jessie and I ventured back to Atlanta, where we went to the Martin Luther King, Jr. historical site and the Olympic Centennial Park.  I have always wanted to go to both places in Atlanta, and it was well worth it.  We also spent time with my friend Molly from Mount Desert Island, Maine, who now lives in ATL.  It was a great trip full of lots of adventures.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

State #27: New York, New York City Marathon

The NYC Marathon is a once in a lifetime experience.  I was fortunate to stay with Gary and Mary from the MDI Marathon.  Gary founded Crow Athletics, the running club that I belong to in Mount Desert Island, Maine.  They were great hosts and very familiar with the marathon so it made my experience extra special!!

I decided to wear all Boston Red Sox stuff since my dad would have loved knowing that I was representing our team.  NYY-BoSox rivalry!! The Sox had just won the 2013 World Series so I bought a shirt that said "WE OWN THE PARADE." I thought it was fitting since I'd be running in the world's biggest marathon/parade.

I took the Staten Island ferry over to the start.  There was security everywhere.  I waited around for several hours before it was time for my wave to start.  Running over the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge was amazing.  I was lucky to run on the top of the double decker bridge, so I had a great view of the city. 

The spectators in Brooklyn and Harlem made this marathon.  Brooklyn residents are so happy to have the marathoners running their streets!  The sun was going down as I was finishing, and it was bitter cold.  I really just wanted to be done.  The stretch to Central Park seemed like it was going to be forever to reach the finish line.  I can definitely say that reaching the finish line of any marathon makes you feel like you can do anything.  NYC was emotional for me, as it was a big city marathon and one of the World Majors, and they painted blue and yellow lines at the finish line for Boston.  I definitely left a view tears out there for Boston. The finish experience was crazy, I was surrounded by so many other freezing finishers and I had no clue where to go.  I finally hailed down a cab after walking for a couple miles after the marathon.  I loved this marathon, but I was really glad to make it home to Boston.  I can't wait to run Boston someday, because it is a big part of my life and a lot of special memories took place in Boston with my dad.

Doug, myself, Gary

Me, Gary, Mary

Monday, May 6, 2013

State #26: New Hampshire, Clarence Demar Marathon

I ran this marathon with my college track and cross country friend, Jessie. I've known Jessie since high school. It was Jessie's first marathon and she did a great job and wants to run more marathons! Some of the hills during this marathon were absolutely brutal, in particular the hills in the cemetery after mile 20. I felt like I wanted someone to bury me in that cemetery.  I have not been having much luck with running lately, I am scheduled to get my tonsils out at the end of January.  I have felt really tired and run down a lot.  I was happy to finish this marathon even though it was a struggle.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

State #25: New Jersey, Jersey Shore Marathon

This was an emotional marathon for many marathoners after the Boston Marathon.  Several runners that could not finish Boston were able to run the Jersey Shore Marathon.  The marathon community is stronger than ever.

The Jersey Shore was still under construction since Hurricane Sandy hit.  It was sad to see how much destruction and impact it had on business and residential areas.

The highlights of this marathon for me were meeting Sutah (DIVA #1) and finding a first time marathoner, Loren, and helping her to the finish line from mile 8 and on. 

Loren and I

Boston Strong

I am really heartbroken by what happened at the Boston Marathon just a few days ago.  I was volunteering at mile 18 in Newton and had several friends that were running, spectating, and volunteering.  Thankfully, all of my friends are okay, but I am really saddened by the amount of people injured and those who are no longer here. 

Ever since I was in high school, I have wanted to run the Boston Marathon.  I plan on running Boston as my 50th state.  My dad loved Boston. He was a big Boston sports fan, especially rooting for the Red Sox.  Boston holds a really special place in my heart and it will always be my favorite city. 

I have signed up to donate blood at Boston College next week.  To donate blood, click here: Red Cross Blood Donations To donate to the One Fund that Mayor Menino and Governor Patrick have established click here:  I am joining a group run tonight (4/17) in Wakefield, MA, for two brothers that were injured at the marathon. The Mystic Runners have organized this run, all registration fees will go to the Norden Family of Wakefield. Click here to read more about the run:

I am also doing The Last Mile walk/run in Salem, MA on 4/18 at 6:45pm.  For info about this event and other events, go to:

I know our running community/family is strong and will continue to run and help the victims.  Marathon runners are some of the most generous people I have met.  I am proud of Boston and proud to call it home. Please pray for Boston, run for Boston, donate for Boston in the days, weeks, and months ahead.