How to Pack for any Trip

In August, my family and I are preparing to take a 14 day Alaskan cruise, including visiting Denali National Park.  There will be 10 in our party, ranging from children to seniors, with different levels of travel experience and interests.  We will need to be prepared for a range of temperatures and surroundings (sunny excursions,…

Vermont City Marathon

This Memorial Day weekend, my husband Jeff and I drove to Vermont so I could run the Vermont City Marathon.     We spent a few days beforehand exploring Boston to celebrate Jeff’s upcoming birthday.  We hit all of the Boston essentials: we walked the Freedom Trail, had a drink at Cheers, saw a Red…

Madrid Maratón

In January, my college friend Mindy contacted me and told me that she was running in the Madrid Half Marathon in April. As a fellow runner/traveler junkie, she encouraged me to run in the Madrid full Marathon.  I was certain that the logistics would not work out, as I was scheduled to work the weekend…

My Bullet Journal: keeping track of my goals while staying organized

I’d like to introduce you to the Bullet Journal.   The best organizational tool in Moleskin form. I’ve been using a bullet journal since last December.  I first heard about it on Pinterest. In simple terms, a Bullet journal is a single, bound, paper journal that includes an index, numbered pages, and the ability to…

Hoover Dam Marathon

Last December, a few weeks after Jeff and I married, we traveled together for a pseudo-honeymoon (because no true honeymoon should include a marathon…).  I signed up for the Hoover Dam Marathon, a race that begins in scenic Lake Mead National Park, Nevada.   My mom gifted us one week in a condo on the Las…

Little Rock Marathon

Last week, I ran the Little Rock Marathon in Arkansas’s capital city.  It was a delight! Each year, the race organizers plan the race around a central theme and each year, the medals increase in size.  This year’s theme was “Game On” and everything was designed or decorated to look like game pieces from popular…

Hatfield McCoy Marathon: Kentucky and West Virginia 

My general rule is never to run the same race twice.   The Hatfield McCoy Marathon is an exception, as it’s such a fun and extraordinary race.   Last year, the 50 States Marathon Club had a reunion at the Hatfield McCoy Marathon and I decided to come and meet the members of the crazy…

Georgia: Gorgeous Savannah

Savannah: Skidaway Island Marathon, State #18 Skidaway Island is near Savannah, Georgia, and is a short drive away from Charleston, South Carolina, so we decided to visit both in one extra long weekend.  This particular trip was special because my mom and my boyfriend Jeff came along to support me (and perhaps to eat pralines (pronounced…

South Carolina’s State Capital

First, I’d like to begin by saying thank you, because if you’re reading this then I know you are supportive of my running and of my blog.  One of the goals of going public with a blog was to keep me accountable for sticking with my running goal, and the thought of my readers (family…

California: Insane Inflatables 5K

I recently visited my best friend from high school Beth at her home in San Diego.  Together, with her 8 year old son Matthew and her friend Chelsea, we ran the Insane Inflatables 5K in sunny San Diego.   This is an outrageous race so it required outrageous outfits.  We decided to dress as the Teenage Mutant Ninja…

Alabama: Mobile, Maniacs and Milestones

My goal in 2015 is to run 10 marathons, as this will bring my state total to 25 (halfway!!). I started the year off with the First Light Marathon in Mobile, Alabama (my 16th state). I was drawn to this race for many reasons. The first (and most important) reason was that the unique, wooden…