I first heard about the Missoula marathon from a friend who’s doing the 50 states. This is when you try to do a marathon in every state. There’s no time limit or anything, it’s just a get them done kinda thing. Mike put a little bug in my ear when he said “you know, you could do that.” (see how I am blaming him?!)
At first I thought, “no way”. Most the people who do the 50 states are retired or travel for work. I fit neither category. But Mike’s suggestion was just do a couple quick weekend trips a year and mark off 2-3 states a year. It suddenly sounds kinda doable. I mentioned it to Mark, and his response was “have you seen the people who do the 50 states?!” Well, yeah, a lot of people who do this are more into run/ walking for fun. Not that there is a thing wrong with that, but it tends to appeal to those who want to take things at a more gentle pace.
Over the last couple weeks, I’ve become obsessed! I’ve done some online research (damn you mandatory lunch break!) Will I do it? Well, I am going to join the 50 states club once I finish Montana which is my 10th state. Only 40 to go. Ha! Seriously, I plan to peck away at a state or two a year. It would be cool to finish within a neat time frame, but it will be more likely that I’ll finish before I’m 100. I’d like to call my quest 50 by 50 (finish when I’m 50), or something clever, but the reality is knocking off 40 states will take a long time. I figure 2 a year is a reasonable pace. In the future some will be family vacations. Mike is already chomping at the bit to combine an Oregon marathon with a brewery tour. I may never finish, but it will be a good excuse to see a couple of places I would otherwise never go to.
So if anyone out there has had a burning desire to visit North Dakota or Delaware and run a marathon , let me know.