My running goals:
I remember running my first marathon in Brookings, SD back in 2004, when I was 17. I recall seeing an elderly runner with a T-Shirt proclaiming that he had finished 50 Marathons in 50 States. I had to re-read the message and scanned the shirt for all his different times and places he’d run. What an amazing accomplishment! Not only physically, but logistically. Also, what a great excuse to travel the country!
At the time I was content trying to finish my first marathon. But that moment stuck with me. Since I have always liked lists and being able to cross off item by item, my goal is to finish one marathon in each state. I don’t want to think about the total being 50 and how many years this endeavor may take. I plan on taking it state by state. There is a disclaimer I have to make to this. My initial goal will include "un-official" marathons. Meaning, if I happen to be in the state of Mississippi and I got a few hours to spare, I will try to run 26.2 miles straight and cross the state of my list. I don’t see the greater value in paying $50-$150 for my troubles if I can do it for free on any given country road.
To contradict myself, my secondary goal is to run 50 "official" marathons as well so that I can go back and delete my previous comment :).
Another marathon goal is to run 50 marathons (official or un-official) in 50 different countries. I got inspired by this through reading the books from Dean Karnazes. His goal of running a marathon in every country in the world within the span of one year just seems so crazy, but yet I am very envious of the idea of travelling to each place.
I am fortunate to be able to travel around the globe for my job, which should make it possible, at least logistically, to attempt my two goals of running marathons. In summary, I plan on running 50 marathons in 50 states, in addition to running a marathon in 49 additional countries. I supposed to math will leave me at an awkward 99, but I will figure out something at the time to deal with that number.
So far I am at 3 states (South Dakota, Minnesota and California) and 2 countries (USA and Germany). It’s a humble start, but I think it’s doable. I’ll take any excuse to travel to another state/country and will make the time to run the 26.2 miles.
Whoever hasn’t given up on me reading this blog so far, will likely do so in the next few minutes. I am not content running 26.2 miles without pause and calling it a day. Because finishing that distance should leave me with about 20-21 hours to spare in that same day. My goal is to expand the distance I can run without break continuously. I got hooked on the ultra-endurance events reading books by Scott Jurek, Rich Roll and Dean Karnazes. An ultra-running event is anything beyond the 26.2 mile marathon distance.
So far I have completed one 31 mile run (50Km) as my furthest run to date. This was a training run to simply see if I can go out and run that distance. I will post another time about this run in particular.
I plan on finishing a 100 mile race in under 24 hours. In addition, I plan on running a 24hour running event to see how many miles I can add up on a flat course.
Any other length event I run in the meantime will count as preparation for the longer distances.
I know this sounds nuts. But I think it sounds doable. I will prove it to myself that one or the other is true.