One State, One Mile at a time.

Whidbey Island and Mount Rainier National Park

After our race in Seattle, we headed north with a goal of meeting up with our nephew’s wife, Jessey. Branden is a Navy pilot stationed on Whidbey Island but he was deployed to Italy at the time of our visit. However, we were excited to have an opportunity to catch up with Jessey whom we […]

Seattle and Lake Union 10K

  While the iconic Space Needle is synonymous with Seattle, flying fish, a ferris wheel that soars over Puget Sound, and a phenomenal blown glass exhibit were what really made our Seattle trip memorable. Having checked all but four states east of the Mississippi off of our quest list but only three to the west […]

A New 4th of July Tradition…Continued

Last year I wrote about our new Fourth of July tradition of doing  our own (Independent?) 4 on the Fourth.  Mike and I are looking forward to doing the same run this year, as well.  I also proposed the idea of celebrating the Fourth by doing other “fours”on the Fourth -swimming 4 laps in the pool, […]

Halfway To 50 States!

With only a couple of weeks to go before Amelia and Matt moved away from Pittsburgh, we finally arranged a race in nearby Ohio. Matt’s M.B.A. graduation from Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University offered the perfect opportunity to coordinate a visit and a race. Perusing our traditional trusty race resource, Runningintheusa.com  failed […]

Janji Pop-up Store

When Mike and I were in Boston on Saturday we unexpectedly came across the Janji pop-up store. I had seen some Instagram posts recently and had been vaguely aware of a Newbury Street location.  However, I was unfamiliar with this company and the work they are doing.  So when we walked by their storefront with […]

Running in Two States (Actually, Three) in One Weekend

With a hand shake, the deal was sealed.  Mike and I were enjoying drinks at our hotel in Boston the night before we were due to fly to Pensacola to begin our trip to run races in Mississippi and Alabama.  But the forecast was predicting a winter storm to begin the next morning pretty much […]

A Month in Pictures

  If you look carefully you can see our spiffy “Running Fifty” shoe tags that were created for us by Run Inspired Shoe Tags.  I ordered a pair for Mike for Christmas and got a set for myself, too. The tags arrived within a few days with a lovely hand-written note commenting on our quest […]

Vermont-Maple Leaf Half Marathon and Kotler 5K

Considering that my sister, Kate, lives in Vermont and that it is an easy three hour drive from our home in Maine, it was surprising that we didn’t run a race in Vermont until three years into our quest.  However, we eventually chose the Kotler 5K which is part of the Maple Leaf Half Marathon […]

South Carolina-Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon

Because we started our blog several years after we began our quest to run a race in every state, I have been adding posts about these earlier races periodically. Now that winter has truly arrived in Maine, I am happy to think back to our lovely visit to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  This was the […]

(Trying to) Try Something New for 30 Days

My year of trying something new for 30 days is coming to an end. Here is a recap of the final months. I had designated August as the month when I would read for an hour a day. I love to read but I was seldom allowing myself the luxury of just sitting down with […]

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