2015 is here and I’m ready for some new challenges. My goal for 2014 was to run a half marathon every month. Well, that was my A goal. My B goal was 9 half marathons in 9 months. My C goal was 6 half marathons in 6 months. Overall, I ran 8 half marathons in 2014 – January, February, March, April, June, July, August, October. I would have hit my B goal of 9 half marathons if not for my sprained ankle (Apparently running a half marathon two weeks after spraining your ankle is not too highly suggested. Weird). It wasn’t my A goal, and it wasn’t quite my B goal, but I’m pretty happy about it. AND because of the 3 official half marathons in June/July/August, I’ve been accepted as a Half Fanatic!
You’d think that “run the Boston Marathon” is a good enough goal for 2015, but let’s be real people. That’s obviously not enough. Or, even better, there’s the whole “finish those 28 goals before your 29th birthday” which includes getting a new 5K PR and getting back to my weight goal. Nope. Not enough of a challenge. Instead, let’s add in “run a half marathon in at least 5 new states.”
While I was looking over 2014, I realized that I ran half marathons in California, Arizona, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. And I wasn’t even thinking about it at the time. I’ve already registered to run a half marathon in Connecticut (it’s shark-themed!) and discussions are currently underway about a half in Virginia. When you consider how easy it is to travel to Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, and New York from Boston, adding in another 3 destination half marathons shouldn’t be too hard!
Fun, right? I’ve started looking into other races. The Newport Half Marathon in Rhode Island is labeled the best in the state. The Dandelion Run is labeled one of the prettiest and toughest races in Vermont. What’s your favorite half marathon? Is it in a state that I haven’t run in yet?