Back in 2013 I decided to attempt to run a half marathon in all 50 states before I turned 50. I called it my 50 By 50 Challenge. To add to the motivation, I joined the Fifty States Half Marathon Club to work with others attempting the same feat. This is an awesome group that support each other. We share race recaps to help others in deciding which races to run. We do meet ups at about every half marathon on the chart. It is just a great motivator to complete my goal.
Being a part of the club, you can get special gear to wear around to let others know of your goal. At Christmas, my wife got me the short sleeved black club tech shirt. On the back is an outline of the fifty states. You can take clothing markers and color in the states as you complete them. As of this post, I have completed 8 states. This past weekend was a dreary one, so we stayed inside. We took the opportunity to color in my completed states. With it being a black shirt, we have had to make several passes at it to get the states dark enough. We may still go another round before it is done.
Have a look. I think it turned out awesome. I cannot wait to color in more states soon. There will be four more getting colored in before year’s end.
2014 was quite the year. I once again started out the year with the gusto. On January 11-12, 2014, I ran in the Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge for the second time in as many years. This challenge was be run the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday for a total of 39.3 miles in 24 hours. It was quite warm for the half marathon, and I ended up just over the two hour mark. However, the next day, the marathon, was quite exciting as I set a new marathon PR at 4:51:10. Now that could be much better; however; I always enjoy the marathon at Disney.
This is following the half marathon on Saturday.
This is following the marathon on Sunday with Becky my Disney running partner.
When I completed the Walt Disney Half Marathon on January 11th I also crossed off another goal which was to acquire the URANUS status in Half Fanatics. I accomplished this completing 8 half marathons in 365 days. This goal was a compilation of half marathons in 2013 & 2014. As of the end of 2013, I have completed seven (7) half marathons, so the Walt Disney World Half Marathon on January 11th completed the goal.
In March of this year I joined the Fifty States Half Marathon Club. This is a group of others attempting the same goal of completing a half marathon in all fifty states. It is an awesome group, and we all try to do a meet up at each of the races run.