So, anyway, it got me thinking about my own journeys as a 51 1/2 year runner with a few miles on the Nikes (111,000+ give or take 15) and where that whole thing has taken me. Turns out I have raced in 20 states (plus the District of Columbia, and Canada several times). It's about a fifty/fifty split between races from my collegiate career, and races as a marathoning old man.
After pondering the racing world, I thought I'd look at which states I have simply run in (sorry English teachers). Oddly, that one was pretty easy as every state in which I have taught a seminar, I have run. That would be 45 (plus DC). The ones missing are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Mississippi. Looks like a trip to New England needs to happen.
I have to confess to having run in some pretty cool places in the good old US of A. Upon reflection, here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):
- Mesa Trail, Peak Trail, Barr Trail, right here in Colorado (not to mention my backyard, the Cherry Creek State Park)
- Nisene Marks State Park and the whole area around Santa Cruz
- Moab and the Grand Canyon
- The Strand near San Diego
- The trails around Chatanooga
- Pre's Trail and Hayward Field
- Central Park, NY
- Belle Isle, Detroit
- Mosca Pass and the Great Sand Dunes
- Sleeping Bear dunes in Traverse City
- Chicago Lakefront
- Jemez Valley and La Luz trail, New Mexico
- The Mall and C & O Canal Trail, Wash DC
- Boston Marathon Course
- Porcupine Mountains and Pictured Rocks Lakeshore trail, Upper Peninsula, MI
- Oak Mountain Park, Birmingham, AL
- Flagler Beach, FL
- Na Pali Coast Trail, Kauai
- Grand Tetons & Yosemite
- the Mikelson Trail, SD
- Wolverine Peak Trail, Anchorage, AK
"Just to name a few?" I'm sure I am missing some great places, but this is my inspired list for now. Thanks @running_usa! I needed that.
In other news, most of my New Years cynicism has stalled, making way for some semblance of optimism. A few decent runs this week and knowing that no one gets ready for a marathon in 17 1/2 weeks by moping around has been enough to ignite a few sparks. Still pretty pissed about the downside of a "surgically repaired knee," but it's nothing that some pain free runs won't cure.
So check with me tomorrow. Supposed to run 7-8, all right here near home. We'll see how it goes.