Marathon #58 and now into the 40s with State #40! Biting cold wind and yellow water made this a tough marathon in New Jersey. We ran from Cape May along the coast and through the scenic barrier islands, finishing in Sea Isle City. The best way not to relax after a marathon? … Throw coffee over yourself, don’t eat for 12 hours and attempt to drive through downtown New York City. Full write-up here.
Flight cancellations made this marathon harder to get to than it should have been but once there we had a great run. A beach town in the off-season, it was cold with not many tourists but that gave us an unusual view of the place without the crowds. We found the course fast, well organized, with great support. Full race report here.
Our first marathon to kick off 2015 and the cold gave us a shock! We had a lot of fun at the Marathon Maniacs annual reunion with speeches, quizzes, a huge pasta dinner and some catch-ups with Maniac friends. We completed our 35th US State, leaving 15 to go. It was our 28th Sub-4 hour State though, requiring 7 repeats to catch up with that challenge. Can we complete them all in 2015?! Full write-up.
For my 50th and Leah’s 40th Marathon we got to meet Dean Karnazes at the Seattle Marathon Expo and get a copy of his 50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 Days book signed! Although it was cold we had great fun exploring Seattle and an enjoyable marathon running through the city and the surrounding area. Back to form we felt strong throughout the race and completed our 20th marathon of the year. Full details here.
Marathon #49 definitely didn’t go according to plan and was actually the only one in the year where we didn’t achieve sub 4 after initially setting out to. Set in Shawnee Mission Park, it was a nice picturesque marathon but it took place in below freezing weather with some snow and hail storms thrown in. Although we didn’t run sub 4 we completed the State, which 2 miles into the run seemed like a daunting enough task for me! Full details here.