I ran 6.8 miles yesterday to leave me with a nice round 50 miles left to go for the year. (Yeah, I’m a bit obsessive that way). It was a really good run for two reasons: 1) I was running while Beer Geek was walking Jones to school, so I circled around in our neighborhood for the first 1.5 miles so I could run past them three times. Jones loved it and ran a block with me each time. I’ve got to look at some of the age appropriate training stuff out there for him. 2) I ran completely negative splits through the end of mile 6. I’m too lazy to go find Garmin and he needs charging anyways, but the first mile was around 9:55 and I got a few seconds faster each mile until mile 6 was run at 9:05.
The reason Beer Geek was walking Jones to school was that Jones and Shoo both had school yesterday and Beer Geek had the day off. What does that mean? Yes, we actually had a day to ourselves. We met with our financial advisor (painful, but productive) and then went out to lunch, where we were able to have an uninterrupted conversation AND not share our food with anyone. Excellent!
Beer Geek reminded me of the part of marathon training that I had not enjoyed – the latter part where you are running so much it takes over your life. Right now, I only have one half day a week where I am kid free. Next year I will have three half days, so if I spend one of those running a long run, I’ll still have two days to do other stuff. So, I’ll revisit the marathon idea in a year (I never want to train for a fall marathon again.) He also helped me come up with a different long term goal:
Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia (I know, not a state) are done, so part of my 2009 goals will include my plans for what races. The Madison race is off the table for now as my mom just informed that they’ll be out of town that weekend, d’oh!
More on 2009 at a later date…
12 thoughts on “50 miles and 50 states”
that’s an awesome goal! I would love to do more travelling… and incorporating running would be awesome! Good luck!
Clue me in when you’re coming to NM!!!
Great goal, I want to run a marathon in 50 states. Can’t wait to read about your plans!
sounds like a really fun idea!
I love that goal! Totally awesome idea! I sooooo can’t wait til the Fall of 2009. Both the kids will be in school. Ahhhhhh heaven HAHAA
That’s a great goal!
Funniest marathon memory related to racing in all 50 states: I ran Marine Corps in 2004 and was in the Hains Point section. As you know, not lots of spectators so I began to zone in on the conversations around me. I hear a woman saying that she and her husband were retired (she looked 60ish) and they had joined a Marathon in each state club. The 30ish woman running with her said, “Oh that must be so much fun to go to all the states and see things. Since you guys are retired you can spend a few days visiting.” The older woman replied, “Yes, that is fun. But what’s more fun is SEX in all 50 states!”
I like that goal!
Very cool the way you arranged your 6.8 miler. And the 50-state plan sounds like something that will be very fun for all of you– maybe by the time you’re on your later states, one or both the kids will even be racing with you? (Or racing you!)Speaking of goals– IF you are tempted by the idea of the 8 hour Lake Anna endurance run, I would be all for putting a team together. I don’t even know how one begins to do train for a run like that, though…
Sounds WONDERFUL! A great idea to combine the travel & the running 🙂
what an awesome goal! I hope you keep a scrapbook of your travels. Twin Cities and Grandma’s marathons are both fantastic Minnesota races.
my hubs had to share food off his plate and we don’t have kids… just me. :)that is such a fun goal!! I think it’s wonderful and exciting to go for.