Thursday, June 24, 2010

I've Run Out of States... and my first 50-Miler!

I'm firming up my plans for the remaining 17 states I have. I have about 8 set right now and the rest are pretty well locked down between the rest of this year and early 2010. However, I REALLY want to get 30 marathons in this year and hit the platinum level of marathon maniacs... 30 marathons in 30 states in 1 year. What does this mean? It's time to repeat some states!!!

Repeat State Requirements: Now I'm not just going to pick random races and fly out, wasting more money than needed, so these are some of the reasons I may pick a state/race to repeat...
1) 4 Hours! There were a few states I haven't done in under 4 hours and I would like to eventually be part of the 50 Sub 4 Club  (50 marathons in 50 states, all in under 4 hours). Potentials: Big Thunder Road Marathon (NC), Marshall University Marathon (WV)
2) MB hasn't done the states yet-- I'll be doubling back on a few states to get MB finished. Supposedly we'll be the first mother/daughter team to do it?? Not sure how accurate that is, but I've heard it. There is about a 10 state difference between us currently.
3) Kick-Butt Marathon! Some races I'm dying to do, but they're in states I've already done. Well, it's time to get them in: Philadelphia Marathon (PA).
4) LOCATION! If the location of the marathon is within driving distance, I'm a fan!!! Indianapolis Marathon (IN)!
5) An Ultra Experience! I want to get into bigger ultras (50 milers, 100 milers)... no time like the present! ... The Dawg Gone Long Run-- 50 Miler (OH).

My First 50-Miler!
The Dawg Gone Long Run- 50 Miler! The race is just a few weeks away and the same day I have a bachelorette party at night (my first, woohoo). So, I figured if I didn't put it on here I would chicken out!
Location: Caesar Creek State Park. Wayensville, OH.
Why? It's close (no flying) and it's cheap ($25 without a t-shirt, $50 with one). I had 3 weeks between marathons and that doesn't bode so well with me!
Course: TRAIL! 3 Loops of 16.4 Miles!

Wanna join me? Sign up here! Fly into Cincinnati and you can drive up with me! 

"Stephanie, How will you train for this?" You may be asking... I don't have a lot of time, so I plan on doing some 2 a days during the week and I also have 2 marathons between now and then... so I plan to do some running the day after to get myself used to the miles.

Tonight I leave for Seattle to run the Rock'n'Roll marathon with MB, tons of bloggie buddies and fellow maniacs (their home state) and 50-staters! I've never known so many people at a race before-- I can't wait!

Steph's Seattle Weather Update: Canadian Weather Forecast: Freaking HOT, Ey? Hehe-- couldn't resist! Still 22-degrees high and 14 low. Ok so weather gods, you can slow down now. I wanted to get rid of the rain and warm up a bit, but this may be a litttttle too warm!


  1. You are an animal. That's all I can say. Good luck this weekend...

  2. What an awesome thing to do with your mom! Good luck to you both in Seattle!!!

  3. Wow! Getting SO close!!! This is just pretty awesome! Maybe I'll hit 50 in 50 in 50! 50 marathons, 50 states in 50 years!! =) althought by the end of this year I will have three: OK, OR and NV! Wooo whooo!!

    Great job! It will be fun to meet you tomorrow night!!!!

  4. Let me know if you're going to do Philly - I'm thinking about it :)

  5. Enjoy your first 50 miler! If I weren't doing one July 17, I would have definitely joined you for the fun!