||Outer Banks Marathon
||Got to reconnect with my nephews and niece for this race. Spending time with them over the weekend was certainly the highlight of the time here. Not that the race wasn't great- it was well organized and allowed me to see the family at a few spots along the way. Stayed in a hotel with them (as well as Aaron's gf) and my ex sister-in-law, who drove them out to see me. Round 2- State #2.
||Kick ass crowd support! Well organized race! Flat for the most part. To repeat Ohio, I didn't think anything would top Flying Pig. This one came close. We ran through OSU campus and around the football field as well. Uncle Danny came to cheer me on. Round 2- State #1.
||First time in Mexico ever, and this was a day trip down that saw me leaving from Pasadena at 2:30am and coming back to LA after the race. First few miles, the smell of toxic waste was almost too much to handle and I thought I'd be sick. Slowly started breaking down more and more. Tried to break in new shoes (BAD idea), and I lost my timing chip by mile 11. The fact that the markers were in Km made it feel like I wasn't making as much progress. Once I heard someone say "si, se puede!" I knew I had to keep going. Met some nice people along the way although my Spanish is rusty. A FREE marathon, which gives runners a medal, shirt, and full race support? What more could someone ask for? Rode down with Rocky and his wife Renee. COUNTRY #2.
||UCC Coffee Kona Marathon
||What a way to end the 50 state goal- Hawaii with my mom, uncle, and aunt! Race was humid but mostly flat. Out and back course with first/last few miles through "downtown" Kona, and the middle stretch on the road to airport, and service road near airport. I fell in love with Hawaii and the friendliness of people there. Saw family at the end and got to pull my mom across the finish line for a perfect ending to this quest. Overheated slightly but my aunt "nurse Cindy" got me feeling better. Stayed at uncle's timeshare. State #50!
||Ann Arbor Marathon
||Humid and hilly! Well organized inaugural race. The Arb area was a challenging trail hills. Got to finish in the football stadium. I was thrilled there were no thunderstorms. Post race spread included pizza, mmmm. Stayed with Steven in Ypsilanti. State #49.
||Weather got up to the 80s, so it was a bit hot, and Casper already is high elevation, so it made things challenging. The pre- and post-race spreads were AMAZING! Pizza, subs, beer, fruit, candy/cookies/crackers- a well organized race. The first loop that we did (twice) was a bit boring, and it was a (mostly) flat course. Got to run next to the Platte River and a golf course too. Met a lot of great people. Stayed with Zen and his family. State #48.
||Key Bank Vermont City Marathon
||Got to be a warm day, with a few hills. The town of Burlington comes out in full force to cheer on the marathoners though! Great volunteer support, pretty scenery (aside from the stretch of boring highway) made this a good race. And who can beat chocolate milk, pizza and Ben & Jerry's at the end? Couchsurfed with Chris. State #47.
||Cox Sports Providence Marathon
||Someone told me that the race was flat except for one big hill... I would have said there were a few rolling hills- nothing crazy, but I think I didn't expect anything. Beautiful weather (although it got warm early on at first), and we got to run along a bike path and near the water, also by an indoor carousel. Stayed with Mike and Amy who were awesome hosts! State #46.
||Weather was great! Nice course that took us on trails on an out-and-back for a good portion of the race. Good volunteer and crowd support, and mostly flat course. Ran the first half strong but walked/ran the last half. Stayed with Letty and Deneen in a hotel. State #45.
||Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
||Wow, Tennessee sure is hilly! It was a nice day with decent weather though, but when the race starts up a hill, and continues on with them- oy! Great to see my mom and uncle. State #44.
||Ocean Drive Marathon
||I lost track of how many bridges we ran across midway into this race. Other than that it was pretty flat. Was supposed to rain but it didn't- yay! Got to run a few miles on the Boardwalk and see the shops and roller coasters. Couchsurfed with Joe and his partner James. State #43.
||Somehow I managed to get a PR!!! It was cold out (required a hat, 2 shirts- high in the 30s with some occasional wind), but nice double loop course. Got to see to ocean at one point, and ran by JFK Memorial. Mostly flat. Couchsurfed with Mia (although I never met her- she never made it back home before I left!). State #42.
||Operation Jack Marathon
||Out and back course twice along the beach (so we saw the same scenery 4 times total). It was a little monotonous but nice and flat anyway. Weather was a little warm, and I was a tad dehydrated. Very well organized- this was a race that gave you your money's worth and then some, since part of the fee went to Autism-related charities. Got to see my friend Kelly who came to cheer me on and gave me a ride back home after the race. Finally done with CA after living here for 2 1/2 years! State #41.
||Weather started out decent, and stayed just right without getting too hot. Mostly flat course that took us past some nice sights. Crowd support was fantastic! Post race spread included chicken broth, yum. Pushed myself a little hard but it was worth it. Stayed with Kai. State #40.
||Got to see my dad for the first time in over 12 years! This was a nice course, decent weather. Got to cross the James River and go through some nice neighborhoods. They even had a couple of wet washcloth stations on the course! And factors were with me again for yet another PR!Stayed with my cousin Kathleen and her kids. State #39.
||Marshall University Marathon
||First race in the new age category, and what a nice one! Looped course that took us through the campus- we even got to finish in the football stadium and carry footballs the last 50 yards in! We got carnations a mile from the finish to lie on the fountain as a memorial. Stayed in a hotel with Uncle Danny, who drove out to cheer me on; he ended up walking about 13 miles (saw me a few times). Beautiful day (chilly at start), nice and flat course! State #38.
||Des Moines Marathon
||Beautiful day, great crowd support! Slightly rolling hills (mostly in the first half), but overall a good course. Got to run around a college track at one point too. Missed my PR from last weekend by 10 seconds- crazy! Shared a hotel with Maniac Ed. State #37.
||City of Trees Marathon
||Third PR this year!!!! Beautiful race and as the name suggests, lots of trees. The weather was perfect! We ran through Ann Morrison park for a bit, and along the Greenway bike/walking trail. Got to stay with Ruth. State #36.
||New Hampshire Marathon
||It rained for pretty much the entire course. Other than that and the mild hills, this was a pretty course. The leaves were JUST starting to change colors. Was happy to break 5 hours again! Saw the race director at the end and thanked him. Shared a hotel with Steve, who went on to do the double in Maine. State #35.
||A new PR!! This time smashed my previous one by about 16 minutes! Perfect weather (high 60's), mostly flat course. Rochester was a nice town with friendly volunteers. Got sick around mile 21- 1st time that's ever happened in a race. Couchsurfed with Spencer, who was a great tour guide. State #34.
||Race day was hot! The course itself had one big hill around mile 7 and a smaller one toward the end. A few miles of trail/gravel running, and through a golf course as well. We had a real "shotgun start" as the guys dressed up as Hatfield & McCoy fired one at the start. Stayed in a hotel with Uncle Danny, who also got to see me finish. State #33.
||Got a PR!!! For the last several races I had gotten so close, and I got a little choked up when I realized I was finally going to smash my PR in this race. Flat race which helped. Weather stayed warm enough, and the rain held off. Now that I got my PR, maybe I can shoot for sub-4 1/2 next? Couchsurfed with Cara and roommates. State #32.
||Can you say, freezing cold? High temp for the day was 49. For a race that was so cheap I wasn't expecting anything really. This race really impressed me, from the freebies (nice tech shirt, hamburgers at the end, even a Marathon & Beyond book!), to the military folks putting your finisher medal on at the end. I don't see how this race makes any money at all- but it's one I want to do again. Stayed with my friend Paul in Sioux Falls. State #31.
||Salt Lake City Marathon
||Salt Lake City
||Great race! I was convinced I wouldn't break 5 hours again, but something happened and I was able to pull through. This had to be one of the most beautiful backdrops ever. The snow covered mountains in the distance were wonderful to see. Stayed in a hotel as I decided to do this race two days before (oops!). Made a new friend after the race. State #30.
||Rolling hills throughout, and I have no idea how I was able to once again break 5 hours! Mom came down to cheer me on, but since I was convinced I wouldn't break 5 hours she missed me at the finish- totally my fault. This run club has been helping! Stayed in a hotel with Mom. State #29.
||Myrtle Beach Marathon
||Finally, a chance for redemption! Last year's race was cancelled due to snow, so it was nice to have a rematch, and to break 5 hours at that! The course was nice and flat, the weather was warm, running down Ocean Blvd for several miles was awesome too. Stayed with Jason in a hotel on the Blvd again. State #28.
||Great race! Beautiful weather, good crowd support. I surprisingly didn't have too much pain at all afterward. Stayed in a hotel with Travis, another runner, then stayed with my friend Lee the next night in Ft. Lauderdale. State #27.
||Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
||Cold, cold cold day! Race started at about 30 degrees, had my jacket on for most of the course. Decent race, mostly flat, ok crowd support (although there were stretches without any). Ran with some maniacs at different points. Developed knee strain on my right knee in the last half. Saw my uncle at the end which was cool. Stayed with him at a nearby hotel. State #26.
||ING Hartford Marathon
||After realizing that just maybe it was possible to shave off some time from Portland while still not technically "running" (see note on Drs orders from last race), decided to run Hartford as originally planned. Great weather, awesome course, very well put together. Got about an hour of sleep the night before. Felt nautious for a good portion of course though. Stayed in a hotel with Kino, Morgan, Chris and Sabrina. State #25.
||First race after breaking my collarbone. Took advantage of the early start as my Doctor said "no running". Walked/jogged parts of the course. Ran with several people who had done the NH/ME double, including Cheryl and Kat. Proud moment was when one of the Marines I ran past called me out for the sling on my arm- if I can get their respect, I'm doing all right. Stayed with Morgan and Mark in a hotel room (they started normal time). State #24.
||Before the race even began, the shuttles never came by to pick up a group of runners waiting. Luckily I was able to hitchhike to the start line with a car of runners. The race itself was nice- beautiful woodsy vibe of Anchorage. I wasn't a fan of the gravel that we had to run across for about 7 miles, but the rain held up and didn't pour down on us. There were slight hills, and (luckily) no wildlife sightings, although I would have wanted to see some from a distance. Couchsurfed with Michael and Isaac and their two roommates and 3 dogs. State #23.
||Perfect race conditions- great weather, fairly flat course (one gradual hill), and this race was a loop course- so we did end up seeing the same scenery again. Well put together race for a small size (we had pizza and chocolate milk at the end, among other things). Barely missed the 5 hour mark, was so upset! Ended up staying in a hotel as plans fell through at the last minute. State #22.
||North Carolina Marathon
||"Rolling hills"... the entire way through! The weather got a little warm (up to 74), and around mile 2 I started walking, so I thought I was done for. Luckily I kept run/walking the entire course. Got to run through High Point University at one point, and this was a well put together race. My friend Jason came up from SC and we had a hotel. State #21.
||Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon
||So I finally proved that I can once again break 5 hours... this was a race filled with lots of spectators, which definitely helped. Running down the Vegas Strip for the first 10 miles was so cool! The weather was a little chilly (could be that I didn't dress appropriately), but it was a good, very flat race (slight incline at the bridge around mile 24). The only complaint I have is that for a Rock 'n' Roll race, the bands toward the end were a little too spread out. Those are the miles that you need the most motivation! Stayed with Chad and his roommate Jamie from the couchsurfing site. State #20
||Great, mostly flat race! Started out on the cool side but quickly warmed up soon after starting. Ran through Downtown Denver, and some residential neighborhoods. Volunteer support was awesome, and no major injuries except for pain in the ankles near the last mile. My frind Andy even surprised me by showing up at the finish! Stayed with Dennis and Shane, who lived right near a spot we ran through on the race. State #19.
||A great marathon! Nice scenic views, rolling hills (major one going up to St. Johns Bridge), but very well laid out race. Volunteer/crowd support was EXCELLENT. Weather was a little chilly at times, but ended up warming up... no rain in sight, which was nice. Lots of freebies before and after the race. Stayed with Rebekah and Josh, who went on an eating frenzy with me the night before the race. State #18.
||Montana Governor's Cup Marathon
||What started out as a wet, windy race ended up being decent weather. The race course was a tad boring at parts with running through the valleys, but became more scenic with the backdrop of the mountains, horses, and neighborhoods that we ran through. I walked with a woman who ran her first marathon-for about 6 miles. I wonder what my time would have been if I had kept jogging? Stayed in Corby's guest house. State #17
||Nice out and back course. I was thoroughly impressed with the race director's quick response to questions I had before the race too. It was a little muggy, but not uncomfortable. The hills were of the more gentle rolling variety- and the start at 5AM was perfect since it would have been more humid later on. Stayed with Mo and Addie, who were great hosts! State #16.
||GO! St Louis Marathon
||Forecast: rain all day. Not the best day to be out running around. ALmost wasn't able to participate in this one as I lost my race bib and no one seemed to be able to help me, until after the race had started. Other than the rain, it was a decent course- not too many hills. Spectators and other runners were friendly and made up for the lack of organization from the race. Couch surfed with Crystal and Jim, their two daughters and lots of pets. State #15.
||Hilly course! I was sick all weekend, which didn't help. I struggled through it, and had fun. Awesome crowd support. I ran this one only stopping for water, food and bathroom breaks. First half was more hilly than the last half, although there were a few hills that were near the end where I wanted to keel over. Stayed with Travis and Reggie and their 4 dogs. State #14.
||New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon
||Nice, flat course. Beautiful weather! Running through the French Quarter at the start was crazy- the street was so narrow, and it felt like a Running of the Bulls. Ran through 2 of the city's parks, and I met so many awesome people. I could have broken 5 hours again, I was so close! Couch surfed with a couple- Sarina and Tim. State #13.
||P.F. Chang's Rock n Roll AZ
||It would have helped to have done a run between Tulsa and Phoenix. Nice well put together race. Saw some hot air balloons in the beginning, and the fan support was awesome! So many great bands performind and different cheerleading groups on the course to motivate us. Flat course, warm but not unbearable. Stayed with Mark and his roomie Louis. State #12.
||Route 66 Marathon
||Perfect weather, nice flat course. Lots of great food at the end. Would have gotten an even better time if I hadn't waited for someone I was running with. Only hills on this course were toward the end, and by that time I was determined to finish anyway. Stayed with Matt- passed his place twice during the course! State #11.
||Under Armour Marathon
||Mostly flat course, the energy of the spectators was awesome! Was on course for a sub 5-hour finish until about mile 20. A little warm, but a great race! Stayed with my friend Gary and it was nice to be back in MD. State #10.
||Nice race, a few trips around the same spot but it was well organized. Stayed ahead of the 4:30 pace group until mile 10. The free coupon for Qdoba Mexican Grill helped after the race! Stayed with Paul, and he was actually there at the finish line to see me come in. State #9.
||New Mexico Marathon
||First 8-9 miles were mostly uphill, and the high altitude took a little getting used to. Overall a good race- ran the first 16 miles without stopping (except for water). Stayed with Benny from couchsurfing.com- he was a great host! Also met Marathon Beth and others from 50 State Club. State #8.
||HOT and hilly. It was 90 degrees out, which is unusual for Seattle. Had a flashback to Chicago and thought for sure I wouldn't finish, until a volunteer on the course helped with some encouragement. Stayed with my friend Jill's parents- her stepmother was an awesome tour guide! State #7.
||Mad City Marathon
||The first time I've broken 5 hours without a race being cancelled! I don't know what happened here, but I killed my best time by about 32 minutes. I had to ask the woman who gave me my medal at the end if the clock was accurate. My friend Tom lives out here, so I stayed with him, his partner Van and his roomie Kim. Tom saw me off at the start but wasn't prepared for me to finish so soon, since I never had before. Very few hills, the way I like it. We had driven the course the day before and it looked worse. Had a great time! State #6.
||Flying Pig Marathon
||First race my family got to see, and that really made this one special. Race started 15 minutes late due to a fire that happened on the course, so a quarter mile was added to the course. Adjusted time was about 4 seconds longer than the time in Little Rock- ugh! Hearing my family scream "go Adam!" when they saw me at the finish line was amazing. My mother, uncle and aunt came out to cheer me on. They saw me at the start and told me "only 26.2 miles to go!". So glad they're my family, and not someone random saying that... they know how I feel about that phrase. Haha. State #5.
||Little Rock Marathon
||Nice race- my nerves were on edge at the start. Then was relieved to see that there were walkers starting at the same spot as me. Course was scenic, but that hill near the end made me wonder why I signed up for another marathon. Nice HUGE medal at the end! It seriously was heavy. Beat my time in Huntsville by about 15 minutes, and felt run over at the end. No bad blisters, but way exhausted. State #4.
||Rocket City Marathon
||First marathon where I had someone to cheer me on (my friend Bill lives in Huntsville). Nice course, an accordion player serenaded us a couple times on the course. I finished out with an older lady named Bonnie, and it was great to be able to run the last several miles with her. I cried at the end- it was then a true PR for me. Horrible blisters- it would be the last race before I used an anti-blister stick. State #3.
||Heat advisory. Cancelled race, ran out of water around mile 13. Didn't get to finish this one, but had they kept the race course open, I would have pushed myself to the end. I count this as state #2.
||Twin Cities Marathon
||First marathon. Great course, moderate hills. Really hit the wall around mile 18, and was lucky to run with 2 people to the finish. A great first marathon! Was tough to walk for a few days after.