Time to reflect…and run

November 4, 2017

Another beautiful fall day for another training run…


Fall training run

October 28, 2017

Ramping up for the Louisiana Marathon in Baton Rouge in January.  Perfect day for running 14 miles on my trail by the Sammamish River.

Three to go!

September 17, 2017

Two weeks ago, I completed my Hawaii marathon, which was state number 47.  Story and pictures have just been posted.

Next January will be #48, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, then April, I will do the Kentucky Derby Marathon, and my last one will be in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Labor Day weekend, 2018.  Countdown continues…

Candygram for Mongo

July 23, 2017

To my surprise, I got a candygram in the mail the other day from the Hatfield McCoy Marathon.  Yippee!


Take Me Home, Country Roads…

June 17, 2017

I ran the Hatfield McCoy Marathon last weekend, right in the heart of those famous feudin’ hollers, in West Virginia.  But as usual, this trip wasn’t just about the running.  There were pirates, marlins, deputies, a shooting guard, a very long steel structure, an iconic residence, and one long necked animal involved as well.

Also, that Last Gauntlet thing, 3 marathons in 7 weeks,  is now done. Yay! Only 4 states to go, and the next one is in paradise! (Kauai)

So lissen up, you’ens, cuz you kin hear mo bout dis lil ol’ hillbilly run, jes as soon as the pichurs and storey gets writ.


Far + Go

May 28, 2017

Fifty States Marathon Club Math Rule for you:

IF Go + Far = 26.2, THEN Far + Go = 45.

In non-math lingo, this means I completed my North Dakota marathon, for my 45th state, in Fargo last weekend.  It went well, even 7  minutes faster than my Kansas marathon 4 weeks previous!  And get this, in the last 6.2 miles I passed more people than passed me!


April 24, 2017

I completed the Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz on Saturday.  Yippee!  44 down, only 6 to go!   Everything went well, actually better than anticipated, since 4 days before, they were saying 90% chance of rain. By the time the race started, the weather system had mostly passed through and we didn’t have any rain!

This was a relatively short trip, but lots of stuff to see and do (surprisingly) in Kansas. I hope to share my story on the blog before the next one in North Dakota in May.

Lots of Wizard of Oz related themes to this race in Kansas, since you may recall that Dorothy just wanted to go back home, to Kansas.  I actually ran into her at the Expo.  She’s doing well, although Toto is having a hard time getting around.  Maybe he needs another trip to see the Wizard?

Some of  you may not know that in addition to my quest to run a marathon in every state, I have a somewhat less passionate quest to collect a deck of cards from every state.  Sometimes I forget about this quest when I am somewhere, or I can’t find any cards.   I am not crazy enough to keep a spreadsheet to track this, (that would be really crazy) but I do have a collection.  On this trip, I remembered to buy a Kansas deck.


Training run

April 16, 2017

Kenneth and his son Elijah visited us in Seattle last week, and we went for a nice and easy 10 mile run on the trail.  We have run marathons in 7 states together, and will run our 8th state together in West Virginia in June.  But I will do my Kansas and North Dakota marathons before that.  Yippee!

The Last Gauntlet…

March 26, 2017

Okay, so I have 7 states to go, and I have them all planned out. And in order to do this in the most expedient way, I have scheduled my last gauntlet, which could be tricky to navigate.  I have had a few other gauntlets before- my first gauntlet was in 2010, when I ran the Outer Banks Marathon, then a week later ran the Philadelphia Marathon.   Then in 2012, I ran my New England Gauntlet- Connecticut on Saturday, then Rhode Island the next day!  And  my last gauntlet was in  2014, when I ran my Michigan marathon, then a week later did the Sunburst Marathon in Indiana- otherwise known as the Famous Michiana Gauntlet.  (What is a gauntlet anyway? I sure am using that word a lot.  Oh well, it is fun to type, I guess I will keep using it).

So this upcoming gauntlet, otherwise known as “The Last Gauntlet,” is starting in 4 weeks, in Olathe, Kansas, with the Garmin Marathon.  This will be state # 44.  This one used to be known as the Land of Oz marathon, but changed when Garmin got involved. It looks like they still have some Wizard of Oz themes, including the medal.

The next one, 4 weeks later, will be to see how FAR I can GO, at the Fargo Marathon in North Dakota.  Hopefully, I can go the full 26.2.

Then 3 short weeks after Fargo, I will be looking for the “country roads, take me home, to the place, I belong, West Virginia,” and I will be doing the Hatfield McCoy Marathon, out in the boonies of West Virginia in the Blue Ridge mountains. Hopefully the feud will be over by then and we make it out alive.  Maybe I will even see the famous Mountain Mama?

So that’s the deal with the Last Gauntlet that you have heard so much about.  After this gauntlet is done, I will have just four marathons left to complete my quest.  Hawaii will be later this year, and then the last three in 2018!  This whole craziness will be over with the Jackson Hole Marathon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in September of 2018.  Yippee!!!

Gauntlet, Gauntlet, Gauntlet, Gauntlet…fun to type…:)


Got my kicks…on Route Six Six

November 30, 2016

I ran the Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week. Lots of little story lines to this one, full story and pictures posted soon.