I am writing this in a hotel room in Phoeniz Arizona as I embark on my newest goal. I left 2017 trying to think of a new running goal for myself. If you have read from the beginning you know that this blog started as a way to document my running. In reality when it started i made the personal goal to myself that I wanted to run a race every month that year, and the only way to keep me accountable was to let everyone else know. That year I actually ran 14 races I believe and I documented them all here, along with my weight loss. The next year I made the goal to run my first marathon and I ran the SF marathon. Two years later in 2015 I had the goal to run a destination marathon for the first time, so I ran the NYC marathon. Jump ahead to the end of 2017, I was running out of goals. Then it hit me, I had already run a marathon in NY and Tennessee so why not keep going and run a marathon in every state. Hence, why I am in a hotel room by myself two days before marathon number 5.
I dont have a time frame finish for the goal. Probably just a few marathons a year, spread out every three to four months. Now this blog is going to document my journey as I run through every state. I am doing the Rock and Roll Phoenix marathon this weekend and in March I am doing the Rock and Roll marathon in DC. For that one, I am raising money for the Mutliple Myeloma Research Foundation for their Team for Cures and running the race in my moms honor. This cause is very important to me, and honestly makes me feel a little closer to her now that she is no longer here.
Stick with me as i document my way through the 50 states!
I was going to make another post about the marathon I did in Arizona but laziness won and I’m just gonna add it on the end of this one.
The marathon started in downtown Phoenix and we ran through Scottsdale and ended in Tempe. I heard that this was a well liked race from reviews I read which is partly why I signed up for it. My consensus: it was very flat( I mean Arizona is pretty flat) and there were long stretches of just going straight. We ran through downtown area so there were a lot of houses, apartments and businesses so not until we started getting into Tempe did the scenery get better.
My goal was to run it in 4:40 and I finished in 4:36. I started strong and ran the first half at my usual race pace about 8:30 per mile. I run faster when I’m on a treadmill but don’t typically run 26 miles on a treadmill so the distances are shorter. When I run a marathon I start out slower and stick to that pace or speed up a bit at then end so I don’t tire out halfway. That being said I reached mile 15 ahead of the 4:00 pacer then the cramp started. I had run the whole 15 without stopping( only to drink and refuel) I noticed the back of my left thigh start to tighten up around mile 14 and I had a full on cramp by mile 15 causing me to slow my pace and even start some walking by mile 18. I saw the 4:00 pacer pass me and then I saw the 4:15 pacer pass me and about mile 22.
I kept going. I was in pain but I finished! The marathoners were greeted with pizza and massages post race.
My final thoughts on the race: it was flat and easy in terms of elevation. I’m pleased that I finished ahead of my goal but was not the PR I wanted. Would I do this race again? Probably not for two reasons: 1) I’ve crossed Arizona off my list now and 2) it was kind of a boring run scenery wise
next marathon D.C. March 2018