|Both photos: credit to www.newportoregon.com|
In 2004 I began training for my first marathon, the 2005 Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans. At that time, I had absolutely no idea that it would start me on this awesome journey. I wasn’t a runner. I hadn’t even done a 5K when I jumped right into marathon training. I could not have imagined that 10 years later I’d be running a marathon in my 50th state. I didn’t even know that was a “thing”. I was not familiar with the 50 States Marathon Club, of which I’m a member…or the 50 & DC Marathon Group, a similar club. I wasn’t aware of the many runners who have accomplished this feat without even having such a club affiliation. I didn’t know that the 50 states finishers came not only from the US, but also from Canada and countries overseas.
|Scot's 50 States finish at 2014 Grandma's Marathon in Minnesota; I'm next!|
But here I am. I’m doing it. I’m almost done. In a few short days I’ll be a 50 States Finisher and I’ll be able to proudly wear a shirt that broadcasts that fact. I’ll join an illustrious group of marathoners who have also accomplished this feat, many of whom are my friends, one of whom is my husband. I’m almost there. I’m just a little nervous.