About this blog

Welcome to my blog! 

I finally decided to work on a blog to document all my race experiences and travels around the world.  I love to travel around the country running races.  I am working on doing a half or full marathon in all 50 states.  

I like to read bloggers reviews of races before I pick which ones I want to do.  And I decided to start my own.  I'm not super competitive.  I do try to train hard and try to improve my times, but I do not stress about hitting a PR ever race.  If you are looking for a blog that describes the route turn by turn so you can determine where you can get a PR, this is not the blog for you.  I realize that I am not qualifying for Boston any time soon.  But I do have goals I would like to achieve.  I would like to run a 5k under 25 mins.  I have gotten a little out of shape and I am working to get my half marathon time back under 2:10.  I would like to someday get it to under 2 hours.  I do hope to do a sub-4 hour marathon someday.  If for an other reason, I heard that Sarah Palin ran a 3:59:36 and I feel the need to beat her ;)  

I tend to go with the overall vibe of the race.  The things I look for are: good overall organization, swag (I'll do any thing for a cute medal!), I love a good theme (I do like to dress up from time to time), the course and surrounding area attractions (who wants to fly just to run a race in the middle of no where).  I feel like you have to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges.  There are certain things you can expect from the big city race and there are others things you get at a small town race.  If you are running a small race in rural New Hampshire, you should not expect the same crowds as the New York City marathon.  Likewise, if you run a race with 30,000 people expect there will be some restrictions that may cause you to deviate from your usual pre-race routine.

I'm all about the bling.  My friends and I joked that we are "medal-whores" because we will do anything for a medal.  I like to see what the medal looks like before I decided to do a race.  I find that on a lot blogs people take pictures holding their medals but you can't see the details.  So I decide to devote a page to what it is all about, the MEDALS.  I make sure to always post a clear, up-close picture of the medal, so you don't miss any details.  I had this great idea to make a medal holder board in the shape of a map of the US.  I put a hook on every state so I could display my medals from around the country.  This has become a double-edge sword.  I love hanging a new medal on the board.  Most of the races I have done are on the east coast because they are closer to travel to.  But looking at the board with all the empty space in the middle of America, now has me dying to go to Wyoming or Kansas just to fill in that part of the board.