"The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.”
- Robert Frost
Top of Utah, Las Vegas
Golden Gate through Marin Headlands and Estes Park in Colorado
Best Vacation Spot After
Honolulu...But close up was renting a banana yellow camaro, driving from Nashville to Elvis's home in East Tupelo, MS, and eating fried chicken in a gas station after the marathon as a one-woman tribute to self-efficacy, exploration, and the King.
Best Bonding Experience
Ran Austin Motorola with my future hubby David on Feb. 14th; Ran Chicago with cousin Jeff; Ran side-by-side with Kerry Loughran in Tucson; Help from David Harvey, Paul Marvin, and Megan Fitzsimmons on State #50!
Ocean Drive, NJ - It rained the entire time and was freezing; also strong headwinds
Coolest Person Seen on a Course
Joan Benoit Samuelson ran right by me during the Maine Marathon (going the other direction and way ahead!)
3:24 (Qualifying for Boston at Woodlands, 2013)
1) I think David and I were right ahead of the street sweepers in Atlanta. One of the many days I was humbly reminded that training really does enhance performance.
2) Singapore. Never a good thing when you have to run to a marathon start. And NEVER brag that you will show someone, particularly one of your graduate students who was a former junior Olympiad, how to run a marathon. Hats off to Abby for helping me!
3) 192 laps on a ship just to finish a marathon in Africa? All glory to Joe Belfiore for doing it with me!
Yeahhhhh! I did it. Fifteen years and a completed marathon in every state. Amen.
1 - San Antonio Marathon, San Antonio, TX - Oct., 1993
2 - Clarence DeMar Marathon, Keene, NH - September 28, 1997
3 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA - April, 1998 (I was a back-of-the-pack bandit!)
4 - Houston Methodist Marathon, Houston, TX - January, 1999
5 - Austin Motorola Marathon, Austin, TX - February, 14, 1999 (1st Boston qualifier)
6 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA - April 1999
7 - Chicago LaSalle Banks Marathon, Chicago, IL - October 24, 1999
8 - Boston Marathon, Boston, MA - April 17, 2000
9 - Mad City Marathon, Madison, WI - May 27, 2000
10 - Top of Utah Marathon, Logan, UT - Sept., 23, 2000 (New PR: 3:37)
11 - Honolulu Marathon, Honolulu, HI - Dec 10, 2000
12 - Houston Compaq Marathon, Houston, TX - January 16, 2001
13 - Virginia Creeper Marathon, Abingdon, VA - March 11, 2001 (2nd place woman)
14 - Hogeye Marathon, Fayetteville, AR - April 8, 2001
15 - Sunburst Marathon, South Bend, IN - June 9, 2001 (New PR: 3:31)
16 - New Mexico Marathon, Albuquerque, NM - September 10, 2001 (Won $200!)
17 - New York City Marathon, NYC, NY - November 4, 2001
18 - Rocket City Times, Huntsville, AL - December 8, 2001
19 - Disneyworld Marathon Orlando, FL - January 6, 2002
20 - Las Vegas Marathon Las Vegas, NV - February 3, 2002 (New PR: 3:24)
21 - Golden Gate Marathon, Marin Headlands,San Fran, CA - April 6, 2002
22 - The Wings of Gold Inaugural Marathon, Whidbey Island, WA - April 28, 2002
23 - Coeur d'Alene Marathon, Coeur d'Alene, ID - May 25, 2002
24 -Grandma's Marathon, Duluth, MN - June 22, 2002 (2nd fastest time - 3:27)
25 - Marathon, part of Wisconsin Ironman, Madison, WI - September 15, 2002
26 -Towpath Marathon in Cleveland, OH - October 13, 2002
27 -Tuscon Marathon in Tuscon, AZ - December 8, 2002
28 - Ocean Drive Marathon in Cape May, NJ - March 30, 2003
29 - Country Music Marathon in Nashville, TN - April 26, 2003
30 - Vermont City Marathon, Burlington, VT - May 25, 2003
31 - Marathon to Marathon, Marathon, IA - June 21, 2003
32 - Grizzly Marathon, Choteau, Montana - August 23, 2003 (ran this one pregnant!)
33 - Sportshoe Maine Marathon, Portland, Maine - October 3, 2003 (still pregnant…)
34 – Mardi Gras Marathon – New Orleans, LA - February 27, 2005
35 – Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon – Oklahoma City, OK - April 24, 2005
36 – Lincoln Marathon – Lincoln, NE - May 1, 2005 (1st time running two in 1-week)
37 – Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon – Anchorage, AL – June 18, 2005
38 – Leading Ladies Marathon – Spearfish, SD – September 14, 2005
39 – Breakers Marathon – Newport, RI – October 22, 2006
40 – Atlanta Marathon – Atlanta, GA – Thanksgiving Day, 2006
41 – Spirit of St. Louis – St. Louis, MO – April 15, 2007
42 – Bayshore Marathon – Traverse City, MI – May 26, 2007
43 – Estes Park Marathon – Estes Park, CO – June 15, 2007 – Horribly hard
44 - Frederick Running Festival Marathon - Frederick, MD - May 4, 2008
45 - Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon - Louisville, KY - April 24, 2009
46 - Run for the Red - Pocono Mountain Marathon, PA - May, 16, 2010
47 - Foot Traffic Flat - Sauvie Island, OR - July 4, 2010
48 - Kroll’s Diner Bismarck Marathon - Bismarck, ND - September 18, 2010
49 - Houston Marathon - Houston, TX - January 30, 2011
50 - Casper Wyoming Marathon - Casper, WY - June 5, 2011
51 - Tobacco Road Marathon - Cary, North Carolina - March 20, 2011
52 - Eisenhower Marathon - Abilene, Kansas - April 9, 2011
53 - Delaware Marathon - Wilmington, Delaware - May 15, 2011
54 - Tupelo Marathon - Tupelo, Mississippi - September 4, 2011
55 - Hartford Marathon - Hartford, Connecticut - October 15, 2011
56 - Marshall University Marathon - Charleston, West Virginia - November 6, 2011
***57 - Kiawah Island Marathon - Kiawah, South Carolina - December 10, 2011***
58 - Houston Marathon, Houston, Texas - January 15, 2012
59 - Portland Marathon, Portland, Oregon
60 - Houston Marathon, Houston, Texas
61 - Marine Corps Marathon, Washington D.C.
62 - White Continent Marathon, King George Island, Antarctica
63 - Puntas Arenas Marathon, Puntas Arenas, Chile
64 - Woodlands Marathon, The Woodlands, Texas
65 - Milton Keynes Marathon, Milton Keynes, England
66 - Poland Solidarity, Gdansk, Poland
67 - Boston Marathon, Boston, Massachusetts
68 - Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Gold Coast, Australia
69 - Standard Chartered Marathon, Singapore, Singapore
70 - Morocco Marathon, Semester at Sea
71 - Houston Marathon, Houston, Texas
I am so happy to have met my 50 states goal. And relieved. And NO, I don’t wanna do it again.
Some of the most enjoyable have been helping / inspiring others to cross the line of their first marathon - Kerry Loughran, Jenessa Shapiro, Eden King, Jenn Knight, Jeff Hebl, Alex Byrd, Bob Inaba, Katherine Kixmiller Peterson, and Colleen Wilson.
Also loved running them with other friends and their support - David Harvey, Malia Mason, Eddie Harmon-Jones, Paul Marvin, Peter Birckhead.
Due to the inspiration of my amazing friend, Suzy Seeley, I have now finished a marathon in every continent as well: Singapore (Asia), Woodlands (North America), England and Poland (Europe), Gold Coast (Australia), Morocco (Africa), Antarctica, and Chile (South America).
So, next goal? Simply want to keep running, helping first-timers experience the thrill of the finish line, and crossing more finish lines with friends!