Monday, 27 July 2015

Half marathon wish list

I'm am a medal addict. I don't understand why but I am. Show me a half marathon with a good medal and I'm there in a flash. I've accepted my problem. It might force me to spend more money than I'd like but it motivates me to train year round and is probably cheaper in the long term than healthcare, plus it's an excuse to travel. 
Unfortunately, this also coincides with my long term goal of running a marathon or half in all 50 states + DC. Thanks to driving horrifically long distances and a couple of work trips I've made good progress in my goal but it's becoming more difficult. Scheluding is even harder when I'm lusting (the only word for it) after particular medals. 
Right now I've run a marathon and/or half in 9 states. 
Right now I'm signed up for a few out of state races:
My next one is at the end of a work trip in August. I'm staying on an extra few days to see some Irish friends and then I run an inaugural race in MA. 

In September thanks to some really cheap flights I'm going to run the Navy-Airforce Half in DC.

 In December Martina is going to San Antonio TX for a conference and what do you know RnR San Antonio is on the weekend before the conference. 

At the beginning of 2016, despite not knowing what the job situation is I've signed up for the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon.....the medal made me do it. 
Past that I've stopped myself, cold turkey. If I know I have a job I'll go ahead and sign up for a few more trips focusing on new states in the south or east. Even then I doubt I'll get to do many of these but here are some of my favorites:
Little Rock, Arkanas  in March..possibly the only race that could convince me to do another full marathon. While the half medals are large the full ones are the size of dinner plates. It might be excessive but it sure would look good on my medal rack.
Lincoln Presidental Half, Sprinfeild IL Apr. It's a giant penny how frickin cool is that. It shall be my lucky penny..who said 'more money more problems'. Not with this bad boy around.
Flying Pig Half in Cincinnati, Ohio May. It's a flying pig...need I say more.
Shipyard Old Port, Maine in July. There aren't too many races in the south in July so why not head North.

If like me you find these oddly shaped pieces of metal strangely appealing and the Pokemon song plays in your mind (gotta catch em all) you too have a problem...muhaha. If you have a medal you HAVE to have comment with a picture. If it fills a gap in my map of the Eastern States maybe you'll see me there :)


  1. It's interesting the medal design drives you! I love getting a medal but like it to be a surprise, what it looks like. A friend of mine wants me to pace her at the race with the penny medal next year ;)

    1. I usually just look at previous years medals, the really good ones only change a little each year. The penny one is my favorite :)