52 Marathons in 52 Weeks over 52 States, District or Territories

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THE WHY? …watch video below.

My Story…

I was inspired to lose weight by a lovely lady… I decided to train for a marathon (my 1st) to continue to lose weight (honestly, I had no idea if I would make it through the training, let alone the actual marathon)… I had almost torn my MCL (knee) 2 years earlier, and had to have physical therapy for 6 months.

I started the training 3 weeks late, after 6 weeks I pulled a calf muscle, more therapy, it healed… then I spent a month throwing up (I was so sick that I threw up blood on New Years Eve), so after 2 months of no running, I continued training…

I didn’t sleep the night before the marathon… WHAT WAS I DOING?

I started walking the first mile, then swung into my run/walk pace… around mile eight, I hit a mental wall… I started to tell myself… “If you end up walking off this road around mile 18 or 22, you should be proud, you trained, you tried, you had all those setbacks and injuries, and you have done your best!”…

I mentally slapped myself…

“what the heck is wrong with you, why are you giving yourself permission to give up, when you haven’t really tried? you said, all you wanted, was to finish and not have the organizers opening the roads, pulling up cones and honking their horns at you… KEEP MOVING FORWARD!”

Then a funny thing happened, I realized halfway, that I might be able to finish 30 mins ahead of the qualifying time allowed… and I picked up the pace, slowly and surely my pace improved and eventually I crossed that finish line… not only did I finish ahead of my expected time, but I never hit a physical wall… I finished my first and only marathon in 5:59:25!

I know that what I want to attempt is madness… I’m not 25, or 32 or even… well, I’ll keep that to myself.

And I’m not an amateur athlete that has run more than a dozen marathons… I have no idea if I’m going to be able to do this huge endeavor, but….

i think i can.

Tentative schedule (subject to change)

  1. Wausau, WI (REGISTERED & Paid)… Aug 26, 2017
  2. Marquette, MI (REG & Paid)… Sept 2, 2017
  3. Clarkson, WA (REG & Paid)… Sept 5, 2017
  4. Lewiston, ID (REG & Paid)… Sept 7, 2017
  5. Salt Lake City, UT (REG & Paid)… Sept 9, 2017
  6. Baker, MT (REG & Paid)… Sept 11, 2017
  7. Bowman, ND (REG & Paid)… Sept 12, 2017
  8. Belle Fourche, SD (REG & Paid)… Sept 13, 2017
  9. Sundance, WY (REG & Paid)… Sept 14, 2017
  10. Indiana, IN (REG & Paid)… Sept 17, 2017 or Maine, ME
  11. Cumberland, MD (REG & Paid)… Sept 20, 2017
  12. Meyersdale, PA (REG & Paid )… Sept 22, 2017
  13. Keene, NH (REG & Donated by Race Director)… Sept 24, 2017
  14. Harpers Ferry, WV (REG & Donated by Race Director)… Sept 30, 2017
  15. Mentor, OH (REG & Donated by Race Director)… Oct 1, 2017 (BED TO SLEEP IN FOR RACE DONATED BY CO-RACE DIRECTOR AND FELLOW RACE BLOGGER).. I’m really liking Ohio! LOL.
  16. Seneca, SC (REG & Paid)… Oct 11, 2017
  17. Lizella, GA (REG & Paid)… Oct 12, 2017
  18. Connecticut, CT
  19. New York, NY
  20. Delaware, DE
  21. New Jersey, NJ
  22. Illinois, IL
  23. Arkansas, AR
  24. Kentucky, KY
  25. Virginia, VA
  26. D.C.
  27. Missouri, MO
  28. Texas, TX
  29. Tennessee, TN
  30. Hancock, MS (REG)… Nov 25, 2017
  31. Florida, FL
  32. Honolulu, HI (REG)… Dec 10, 2017
  33. Kentucky, KY
  34. California, CA
  35. Minnesota, MN
  36. Louisiana, LA
  37. Nevada, NV
  38. San Juan Harbor, PUERTO RICO (REG)… Jan 28, 2018
  39. Arizona, AZ
  40. North Carolina, NC
  41. Oklahoma, OK
  42. Rhone Island, RI
  43. Massachusetts, MA
  44. Alabama, AL
  45. New Mexico, NM
  46. Vermont, VT
  47. Nebraska, NE
  48. Alaska, AK
  49. Oregon, OR
  50. Iowa, IA
  51. Kansas, KS
  52. COLORADO, CO!!!!!… HARDEST IN USA (2nd Hardest in the World!) Aug 19 2018

2 thoughts on “52 Marathons in 52 Weeks over 52 States, District or Territories”

  1. Hello, how did you choose Miller, Indiana, on Sept. 17, for your marathons quest?
    Thanks for your time.
    Jerry Davich
    Metro Columnist – Post-Tribune
    Chicago Tribune Media
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    1. Hi, I believe it’s Gary, IN… unless Miller is the next suburb over… truly, it’s been a moving jigsaw puzzle for a few months… I had to change 10 marathons because one changed their distance to 30miles to celebrate their 30th year… it factors in several things.. the area, distance between marathons, THE DATES, but especially the frequency of marathons in each state… some have 3 for the whole year, and some, like California have 3 each week… the last few (I’m only booking 8 weeks in advance, because of a possible work schedule), the last few I booked/chose mid October, were solely because of the donated registration, and the enthusiasm and support of the race directors…


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