Austin Marathon 2018 Recap and Review (Marathon 26 and State 21 — Texas!)

aHPXUNSLRbOGrEsve3y6oARace:  Austin Marathon in, you guessed it, Austin, Texas

Time of Year and Weather:  Sunday of President’s Day Weekend, mid-February; 50-55 degrees and overcast for the race; high of 76 for race weekend

Size: With 17,000 runners (half, full, and 5k) this is the 25th largest marathon in the USA. Of course, the vast majority of those runners were doing the half.

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Mesa Phoenix Marathon 2017 Review and Recap (Marathon 21, State 16 — Arizona)

IMG_0209What:  The BMO Harris Bank Mesa-Phoenix Marathon, aka The Phoenix Marathon, aka The Mesa-PHX Marathon. (There were approx 17 different hashtags associated with this race at various points — a little bit of an identity crisis, I think.)  (Not to be confused with the Rock ‘N Roll Arizona race, also held in the Phoenix area.)

Where: Mesa, Arizona, just a few miles outside of Phoenix.  Race started in Usery Mountain Regional Park and ended in the Mesa Riverview shopping center.

When: Saturday on the last weekend in February.

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Vermont City Marathon Review and Recap (Marathon 17, State 12)

IMG_1415Hi all!  Writing here from the comfort of my sweet, sweet air-conditioned home.  This Memorial Day weekend I ventured up to Burlington, Vermont and ran the Vermont City Marathon, marathon number 17 for me and state number 12.  But it almost didn’t happen!  Suspense!

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Asheville Marathon 2016 Recap and Review (Marathon 16, State 11 — North Carolina)


Race:  Asheville Marathon

Location:  Biltmore Estate, Asheville, in the hills of western North Carolina

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Asheville Marathon Training T-Minus 6 Weeks


This was my last week before taking a little break for my honeymoon in Hawaii (!!!!!). I really wanted to get in a lot of core work while I was thawing out from the snow storm and while my legs were getting back into distance-shape.  But I also was really hoping to (finally) get myself out for a long run, especially given my new goal


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Ocean Drive Marathon 2014 (Marathon Number 12, State Number 8–New Jersey)


Website:  Ocean Drive Marathon.

Location: New Jersey Shore.

Time of Year: Sunday at the end of March.

Size: Fewer than 400 marathon runners.  Similarly sized 10 miler and 5K run the same day. 

Weather: I had pretty unpleasant weather for this race.  It was chilly and damp and, toward the end of the race, rainy!  Expect wind.

Expo and Swag:  Expo is no-frills at the Wildwoods Convention Center.  Basically just packet pickup with a few small vendors.  Shirt is a nice long-sleeved tech tee.  You might want to size up.

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Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon 2013 (Race Number 11; State Number 7)

We are in the homestretch of my historical race recaps!!!  I’ve already covered marathons I ran in my first seven states, plus my most recent state, West Virginia.  Just three more recaps to cover: Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon (Race 11, State 8), Ocean Drive Marathon (Race 12, State 9), and the Philadelphia Marathon (Race 13, Repeat of State 6).   First:  the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon, which I ran in 2013…


Website:  Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon. 

Size: 2,900 runners for all races.  There is a half the same day as the full.

Location:  Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Time of Year:  Saturday in early December.  I ran this race the weekend of my 28th birthday.

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