Motivational Cartography

Sticking to long-term goals can be challenging, especially when one of them is to run a long distance race in all fifty states. The frenzied pace of the early years eventually stalls as other life commitments take priority. Plus, it never helps when one of your three remaining states is West Virginia.

But the goal is very much alive and I fully intend on getting to that last finish line. I’m still running, but I’m no longer in perennial marathon shape. I spent the summer literally changing gears by hopping on a bike and spanning the entire state of Iowa. The new sport reinvigorated my love of endurance sports and pointed me toward an inevitable triathlon in the future. I found that biking was fun in a way that running rarely is: easy, or at least much easier. When you’re used to long runs, it’s literally a breeze to bike for an hour, or even forty miles. Just like running though, if you bike long enough, you’ll eventually meet thresholds that test your heart, legs, and lungs.

Day 6/7 of RAGBRAI, 380+ miles in, still smiling

But during that time, I ran several races, and one of them was a half marathon that I didn’t write about. That oversight was part of this recent decline in running-related blog output. In fact, everything is down this year: mileage, blog posts, races, and desire to get up super early before work.

It has all extended the projected end of my 50-states goal. At one point, I thought I could be done by 2016, but then I got into the Berlin Marathon. Then the goal became 2018, but side quests into ultra-running and biking changed the nature of 2016 and 2017. At the moment, I don’t know when I’ll be done, even though I’m very, very close. In times like these, I can always use a good motivator, and I know just where to find it: in a map.

My most recent 50-states map

Readers of this space know that after every new state, I update my color-coded map with a shiny new addition. It’s a giant, lumbering Photoshop file that has far too many layers for what looks like a pretty basic map. I rarely see maps like mine because not everyone has the patience or software to make one like it.

But recently, RaceRaves solved that for everyone.

I’ve been using and doing my best to promote the site since it launched, since I really like the interface and I’ve been friends with its creators for several years. Its functionality, interface, and commitment to the running community make it one of my favorite sites for the sport. However, their latest addition to the user experience is, for diehard runners like myself, their best so far.

They make a pretty damn good map of your running adventures.

My current RaceRaves map (I have yet to write reviews for several states from 2011 and before)

Prior to this tool, map-making sites were either very rudimentary or not at all running-specific. But now thanks to the running nerds behind RaceRaves, anyone on the 50-states quest has a colorful, well-designed, and easy-to-use map of their progress. To create your own map, you list the races you’ve run, write helpful reviews of each, and watch as each state gets filled in. The map above is mine, and you’ll notice that several states aren’t filled in. This is my fault, as I haven’t reviewed all of my races on that site yet, despite earning the coveted title of Chief Lunatic.

The best part is, it doesn’t require painstakingly moving layers around in Photoshop.

So now I have two sources of motivational cartography, each showing me the scant real estate left to cover in my quest. But this is just me — if you want your own map, become a member (it’s free), add your completed races, and watch as the map fills in, with each new bright pop of color standing in for an accomplishment.

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End of Year Recap (2015)

2015 began with one singular, driven purpose: to qualify for Boston at the Berlin Marathon. I put everything I had into the quest, attacking it with a balanced combination of aggression and caution. In addition to re-tooling my approach to training, I tried my best to avoid signing up for races just to scratch the itch. Berlin became my singular focus, and with it came a powerful, if not familiar surge of motivation. I became reacquainted with what it meant to train specifically for one event, months away. As my legs would tire during intervals, I would remind myself, this is for Berlin. As the soft tendrils of my bedsheets would threaten to keep me away from my early morning runs, I’d quietly murmur the mantra, this is for Berlin.

Recap_2015

I hadn’t felt this committed or excited for a race since my first ultras in 2013 and my first marathon in 2009.

With a newfound thirst for success, I mapped out nine months of training, each with its own goals and milestones. In the spring, I narrowed the gap to my goal in Fargo with a 3:16 PR, and in the summer I stayed strong through warm temperatures, signs that a BQ was not only possible, but almost inevitable if I could only maintain my progress.

And maintain that progress I did. I earned PRs at the 5k (18:52), 10k (40:12), and 10-mile distances (1:06:36). I ran long runs at paces that I couldn’t believe and no run was finished without a confident smile or an overpowering enthusiasm that convinced me I was on my way to greatness. My date with the Brandenburger Tor was to be the culmination of nine months’ worth of planning, dedicated training, and execution.

0125_mediamiami 15And then, halfway through the Berlin Marathon, things fell apart, the center could not hold.

Fortunately, I did not follow the Yeats poem with its successor line, mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. Instead, I ate delicious food, drank full-bodied beers, took a few weeks off and then got back to what I love to do. I was concerned that Fargo had been a fluke, a magical moment of perfect confluence that I might never again replicate. So, I did what I swore I wouldn’t do all year, and impulsively signed up for another marathon.

Only seven weeks removed from Berlin, I ran a 3:17, 0215_lostdutchman 30just a minute shy of my PR, in a course with four times as much elevation change. The race didn’t get me any closer to my goal of running a marathon in all 50 states, nor was it a bucket list event on everyone’s list. Instead, it was for personal assurance, a validation of trial through fire, that I hadn’t overestimated my progress. That race showed me that I had indeed moved the chains in the right direction, that 2015 would indeed be another year of progress and improvement.

As for the actual, raw numbers? Thanks to my meticulous stat-tracking – which I learned in 2015 was unusual at 0509_1_fargomarathon 01best, psychotic at worst, even amongst my most diehard running friends – I know that this year I laced up 177 times for a total of 1,433 miles, or an average of 8.09 miles per session. I ran for 7 days, 18 hours, 54 minutes and 22 seconds, which means an average yearly pace of 7:49.

I know that my fastest 10th mile was at the Fort 2 Base 10 Nautical Miler (6:42), my slowest month was June (average 0705_correcaminos 26of 8:14 per mile), it took me only 20 days to run 100 miles in August, and I placed in the top 1% of racers at 3 different races.

Will any of these stats actually help me become a better runner? Maybe. It all depends on how I use them to plan for 2016. Running goals are, pun fully intended, a moving target. Because while I didn’t achieve my goal of running under a 3:05 for the marathon and earn a Boston qualifying time, I’m not necessarily sticking squarely to that goal for the new year. Instead, I am returning to an old goal, one I did not accomplish back in 2013, and has since remained the only unsightly DNF in an otherwise 2015-0719-rnr-teamchance 01clean sheet: the 50-mile distance.

It truly was another banner year, even with the surprising meltdown in Deutschland, one that I will etch into memory as the one where it all came together: speed, distance, audacity and care.

That doesn’t mean I will abandon fast marathon ambitions in 2016. As I train for distances absurd, I will continue my speed training and stick to the 80/20 training philosophy that I adopted this year to achieve my best big10kever fitness, all without a single injury. Thanks to my unwavering focus on Berlin, I only added one state to the map in 2015. I am hoping to run more than that over the next twelve months.

But most importantly, I will aim to run as many of them in the company of good people. Race stats and chip times are worth very little if they’re not part of a fun and increasingly social sport. Every year since I joined the running masses, I have tried my best to rope others into the movement and 2015 was no exception. Thanks to wonderful friends and family members, the vast majority 2015-08-23 11.35.58of the bibs I pinned had companions.

Because every result, whether scratched on a calendar or inked in a labyrinthine spreadsheet, is a continuation of everything that has come before it. No run or race exists in a vacuum, but instead relies on the staggering distances whose sum has written the story of our struggles and aspirations.

And so, with my sights set on the many adventures to come, I look to 2016 with a buzzing mix of eagerness, trepidation, and ambition. Though my plans aren’t completely 2015-0823_fort2base 06set in stone, I hope that whatever path my trail takes, that I will share it with fleet-footed travelers of all dispositions, from starry-eyed newcomers to ragged veterans. We’re all searching for the same thing, so we might as well enjoy the company.

Happy New Year!

End of Year Recap (2009 – 2011)

Since this is my first annual recap but my third year as a distance runner, I want to go back a bit and reflect on how my running has progressed over the years.  In order to do so, I will provide a brief recap of the years 2009 and 2010 with a few stats that reflect what the year was like.  So, though I took my first steps in an actual training regimen in 2008, I will start with 2009, which is beyond a doubt where it all began.

2009 Recap

States Completed (1): Illinois

Half Marathons Run: 3
Fastest Finishing Time: 1:47:58 (13.1 Chicago Marathon)
Average Finishing Time: 1:49:32

Marathons Run: 1
Fastest Finishing Time: 4:03:21 (Bank of America Chicago Marathon)

Number of Fellow Runners: 53,169
Best Medal: Chicago Marathon
Worst Medal: Chicago Spring Half Marathon

When I ran my first half marathon in May of 2009, I had no intentions of going crazy.  I was tired, winded and in desperate need of replenishment.  My legs hurt, my face was salty and my lungs felt like they were on the verge of collapse.  Later that year, I would run two more half marathons and my first marathon, all in the great city of Chicago.  At the time, it felt like the culmination of a long process, one that ended with a respectable 4:03 finish in the bustling streets of the Windy City.

However, it was only the beginning of something much more exciting.  Something snapped in my head and my nascent hobby for distance running became an integral part of my lifestyle.  With this greater passion, I set out to run ten half marathons to commemorate the year 2010 and decided to do seven of those outside Illinois.

2010 Recap

States Completed (7): Florida, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana, Massachusetts, California, Arizona

Half Marathons Run: 11
Fastest Finishing Time: 1:32:06 (Tucson Half Marathon* – all downhill, not my official PR)
Average Finishing Time: 1:43:02

Marathons Run: 1
Fastest Finishing Time: 4:05:22 (Bank of America Chicago Marathon)

Number of Fellow Runners: 149,526
Best Medal: ING Miami Half Marathon
Worst Medal: OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

2010 was an incredible year for me.  I decided to focus intently on the half marathon distance, running only five short-distance races to keep things exciting.  I pushed myself harder and faster than I thought possible, breaking 1:40 for the first time in Disneyland.  Overall, I was thrilled with my progress – my average finishing time was almost five minutes faster than the previous year’s PR.  I also stepped outside of my comfort zone a few times, running warm weather half marathons in spite of my low heat tolerance.

But along the way, I got to spend time with a lot of friends from Chicago, college and even high school.  It made me realize that these races are a great excuse to reconnect with people that I don’t normally talk to on a regular basis.  In more than one case, I even managed to convince them to run the race as well, which requires more than the average amount of convincing.

I loved the experience of seeing new cities and catching up with old friends so much that my ambitions naturally expanded.  At the end of the year, I came up with the much bigger idea of running at least a half marathon in all fifty states.  And lucky for me, I had a head start with seven already under my belt.

I also set a time limit: to cross the finish line of the last state before my 40th birthday on November 5, 2022.  That meant that I’d have to do around 3.6 states a year to reach my goal right on time.  After making that calculation I thought, that’s doable.  Once I commit to this, I’ll be able to do 3, maybe 4 states every year and not go hungry trying.  A reasonable person with limited means like me would budget accordingly, prioritize and pick the most sensible states and stick to it.

But any avid runner knows that just visiting a race website is enough to plant a very persuasive seed.  Simply knowing a race is out there in a new state, with new splits, bibs, and medals is enough to get the ball rolling.  So it was with that impulsive drive that I began scheduling the great challenges of 2011.

2011 Recap

States Completed (9): Texas, Georgia, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, Connecticut, South Carolina, Mississippi, New York
Countries Completed (1): Costa Rica

Half Marathons Run: 9
Fastest Finishing Time: 1:37:18 (Holiday Half Marathon, PR)
Average Finishing Time: 1:43:57

Marathons Run: 4
Fastest Finishing Time: 3:40:59 (Traverse City State Bank Bayshore Marathon, PR)
Average Finishing Time: 4:00:56

Number of Fellow Runners: 141,649
Best Medal: Flying Pig Half Marathon
Worst Medal: Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon

This was a great year for my racing career and one of many firsts.  I broke four hours at the marathon for the first time in Michigan, ran my first trail race in South Carolina, experienced for the first time a race above 5,000 feet in Colorado, ran my first international race in Costa Rica and learned the pains of running three marathons in nine weeks.

But more importantly, I got to experience the following for the first time: the varied tastes of Texas’ wine country, the inauguration of Costa Rica’s new fútbol stadium, the feeling of shooting a semi-automatic shotgun, the delectable morsels and thrilling rides of the Disney Food & Wine Expo, the diverse characters of all five of New York City’s boroughs, the empty slopes of Beaver Creek’s spring ski season, what it feels like to run in pitch darkness (more than once), and many, many delicious burgers.  None of these would have been possible without the hospitality and generosity of my friends and family.  I’m extremely glad to have found an activity that lets me explore the country, stay healthy and rekindle friendships with amazing people.

So now that the year is ending, I look forward to 2012 with great excitement.  It is going to be another year that goes above and beyond the 3.6-state minimum required to reach my goal on time, almost guaranteed by my new mini-goal: to be halfway done before getting married in late September.  As of this writing, I have signed up for three new states and have picked out races in the remaining five.  Though it will certainly be packed with enough running to keep me on my toes (figuratively and literally), I will definitely need to exercise prudence to avoid going overboard.  For one, escalation always comes with increased risk of injury.  But more importantly, every race I plan is a weekend away from home, which is not only a potentially costly expense, but time away from my close friends and loved ones in Chicago.

So I guess that means I have to start converting all of my friends into fervent runners.  It seems that’s my only option.

Onwards to the New Year, with expectations high and shoes laced.

Race Schedule & Results

This is where I’ll post the confirmed races that I will be running, followed by a chronological list of all my completed races, including cities and times.  They can be viewed by date below or by state.

By Date

2017 Race Schedule

July 23 – 29, 2017 – RAGBRAI (Iowa)
May 28, 2017 – Bike the Drive (Chicago, IL)
April 30, 2017 – New Jersey Marathon (Oceanport, NJ #47) – 3:41:08

2016 Race Schedule (click for year-end recap)

October 29, 2016 – Chicago Lakefront 50k (Chicago, IL) – 4:40:14
October 9, 2016 – Newport Marathon (Newport, RI #46) – 3:44:40
September 18, 2016 – Omaha Marathon (Omaha, NE #45) – 4:23:16
July 17, 2016 – Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 1:34:48
July 10, 2016 – Mad Marathon (Mad River Valley, VT #44) – 3:42:19
May 14, 2016 – Ice Age Trail 50-Miler (LaGrange, WI) – 10:19:57
March 26, 2016 – Paleozoic Silurian Spring 25k (Willow Springs, IL) – 2:17:29

2015 Race Schedule (click for year-end recap)

November 14, 2015 – Veterans Marathon (Columbia City, IN) – 3:17:22
September 27, 2015 – BMW Berlin Marathon (Berlin, Germany) – 3:31:28
August 23, 2015 – Fort2Base 10 Nautical Miler (North Shore, IL) – 1:19:08
July 19, 2015 – Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 1:39:12
July 5, 2015 – Media Maratón Correcaminos (San José, Costa Rica) – 1:34:37
May 9, 2015 – Fargo Marathon (Fargo, ND #43) – 3:16:07
February 15, 2015 – Lost Dutchman Marathon (Gold Canyon, AZ) – 3:41:08
January 25, 2015 – Lifetime Miami Half Marathon (Miami, FL) – 1:34:36

2014 Race Schedule (click for year-end recap)

November 1, 2014 – Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (Indianapolis, IN) – 3:22:14
October 5, 2014 – Maine Half Marathon (Portland, ME, #42) – 2:14:05
October 4, 2014 – New Hampshire Marathon (Bristol, NH, #41)3:37:54
September 20, 2014 – Air Force Marathon (Dayton, OH)4:47:34
July 20, 2014 – Rock ‘n Roll Chicago Half Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 1:32:33
June 21, 2014 – Bighorn Wild and Scenic Trail Run 50k (Dayton, WY, #40) – 7:27:51
June 7, 2014 – 13.1 Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 1:29:42
May 11, 2014 – Delaware Running Festival Marathon (Wilmington, DE, #39) – 3:37:59
May 10, 2014 – Maryland Half Marathon (Fulton, MD, #38) – 1:41:08
May 3, 2014 – Shiprock Marathon (Shiprock, NM, #37)3:28:03
April 6, 2014 – Go! St. Louis Marathon (St. Louis, MO) – 3:31:53
February 2, 2014 – Lifetime Miami Marathon (Miami, FL) – 3:55:57

2013 Race Reports (click for year-end recap)

November 17, 2013 – Philadelphia Marathon (Philadelphia, PA, #36)3:25:28
November 2, 2013 – Moab Trail Half Marathon (Moab, UT #35)2:19:22
October 6, 2013 – Portland Marathon (Portland, OR, #34) – 3:48:51
October 5, 2013 – Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon (Leavenworth, WA, #33) – 3:56:41
August 24, 2013 – North Country Run 50-Miler (Manistee, MI) – DNF
May 11, 2013 – Ice Age Trail 50k (LaGrange, WI) – 5:16:45
April 20, 2013 – Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz (Olathe, KS, #32) 3:46:18
April 14, 2013 – Cerros de Escazú Trail Run 21k (San José, Costa Rica) – 3:07:31
March 24, 2013 – NC Half Marathon (Charlotte, NC, #31) – 1:31:13
March 16, 2013 – Paleozoic Trail Run 25k (Willow Springs, IL) – 1:56:13
February 24, 2013 – Rock ‘n Roll New Orleans Marathon (New Orleans, LA, #30) – 3:23:12
January 13, 2013 – Walt Disney World Marathon (Lake Buena Vista, FL) – 3:38:40

2012 Race Reports (click for year-end recap)

December 15, 2012 – Hoover Dam Marathon (Lake Mead, NV, #29) – 3:35:47
November 18, 2012 – Williams Route 66 Marathon (Tulsa, OK, #28) – 3:27:01
October 21, 2012 – IMT Des Moines Marathon (Des Moines, IA, #27) – 3:25:12
September 30, 2012 – Run Crazy Horse Marathon (Hill City, SD, #26) 3:54:38
August 26, 2012 – Peapod Half Madness Half Marathon (Batavia, IL) – 1:36:14
August 18, 2012 – Leadville Trail 100 Crew (Leadville, CO)
July 22, 2012 – Madison Half Marathon (Gravelly Mountains, MT, #25) – 2:08:30
July 21, 2012 – Idaho Falls Half Marathon (Idaho Falls, ID, #24) – 1:47:22
July 8, 2012 – Media Maratón Correcaminos (San José, Costa Rica) – 1:40:57
June 16, 2012 – Grandma’s Marathon (Duluth, MN, #23) – 3:45:46
May 20, 2012 – Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon (Fredericksburg, VA, #22) – 1:32:01
May 5, 2012 – OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (Indianapolis, IN) – 1:32:19
April 28, 2012 – Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon (Louisville, KY, #21) – 1:30:47
April 7, 2012 – Oak Barrel Half Marathon (Lynchburg, TN, #20) – 1:33:58
March 4, 2012 – Little Rock Marathon (Little Rock, AR, #19) – 3:39:05
February 12, 2012 – Mercedes-Benz Half Marathon (Birmingham, AL, #18) – 1:34:39
January 29, 2012 – ING Miami Half Marathon (Miami, FL) – 1:40:26
January 21, 2012 – Polar Dash Half Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 1:41:56

2011 Race Reports (click for year-end recap)

December 11, 2011 – Holiday Half Marathon (Pomona, CA) – 1:37:18
November 6, 2011 – ING New York City Marathon (New York, NY, #17) – 3:54:00
October 9, 2011 – Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 3:57:16
October 1, 2011 – Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay (Lake Buena Vista, FL) – 2:00:42
September 4, 2011 – Tupelo Marathon (Tupelo, MS, #16) – 4:31:30
July 10, 2011 – XTERRA Trail Run (Columbia, SC, #15) – 2:34:43
June 26, 2011 – Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon (Fairfield, CT, #14) – 1:48:37
June 10 – 11, 2011 – Madison to Chicago Ragnar Relay (Madison, WI to Chicago, IL)
May 28, 2011 – Traverse City State Bank Bayshore Marathon (Traverse City, MI, #13) – 3:40:59
May 1, 2011 – Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon (Cincinnati, OH, #12) – 1:37:24
April 17, 2011 – Horsetooth Half Marathon (Fort Collins, CO, #11) – 1:51:52
March 27, 2011 – Media Marathon Internacional Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica) – 1:54:13
March 20, 2011 – Publix Georgia Half Marathon (Atlanta, GA, #10) – 1:39:56
February 20, 2011 – LIVESTRONG Austin Half Marathon (Austin, TX, #9) – 1:40:32
January 30, 2011 – ING Miami Half Marathon (Miami, FL) – 1:41:42

2010 Race Reports (click for year-end recap)

December 12, 2010 – Damascus Bakeries Tucson Half Marathon (Tucson, AZ, #8) – 1:32:06
October 10, 2010 – Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 4:05:22
September 12, 2010 – Chicago Half Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 1:38:43
September 5, 2010 – Disneyland Half Marathon (Anaheim, CA, #7) – 1:38:40
August 21, 2010 – Madison Mini-Marathon (Madison, WI) – 1:44:29
August 1, 2010 – Rock ‘n Roll Chicago Half Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 1:49:06
June 13, 2010 – North Shore Half Marathon (Highland Park, IL, #6) – 1:41:01
May 30, 2010 – Boston’s Run to Remember (Boston, MA, #5) – 1:41:13
May 8, 2010 – OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (Indianapolis, IN, #4) – 1:40:32
May 1, 2010 – Wisconsin Half Marathon (Kenosha, WI, #3) – 1:43:53
April 11, 2010 – Go! St. Louis Half Marathon (St. Louis, MO, #2) – 1:46:35
January 31, 2010 – ING Miami Half Marathon (Miami, FL, #1) – 1:57:09

2009 Race Reports (click for year-end recap)

October 11, 2009 – Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 4:03:21
September 13, 2009 – Chicago Half Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 1:51:04
June 7, 2009 – 13.1 Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 1:47:58
May 17, 2009 – Magellan Developments Spring Half Marathon (Chicago, IL) – 1:49:34

By State

Alabama (#18)2012 Mercedes-Benz Half Marathon
Alaska
Arizona (#8)2010 Damascus Bakeries Tucson Half Marathon, 2015 Lost Dutchman  Marathon
Arkansas (#19)2012 Little Rock Marathon
California (#7)2010 Disneyland Half Marathon, 2011 Holiday Half Marathon
Colorado (#11) 2011 Horsetooth Half Marathon
Connecticut (#14) 2011 Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon
Delaware (#39)2014 Delaware Running Festival Marathon
Florida (#1) – 2010 ING Miami Half Marathon, 2011 ING Miami Half Marathon, 2011 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay, 2012 ING Miami Half Marathon, 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon, 2014 Lifetime Miami Marathon, 2015 Lifetime Miami Half Marathon
Georgia (#10) – 2011 Publix Georgia Half Marathon
Hawaii
Idaho (#24) – 2012 Idaho Falls Half Marathon
Illinois (#6) – 2009 Chicago Spring Half Marathon, 2009 13.1 Marathon, 2009 Chicago Half Marathon, 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 2010 North Shore Half Marathon, 2010 Rock ‘n Roll Chicago Half Marathon, 2010 Chicago Half Marathon, 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 2012 Polar Dash Half Marathon, 2012 HalfMadness Half Marathon, 2013 Paleozoic Trail Run 25k, 2014 13.1 Marathon, 2014 Rock ‘n Roll Chicago Half Marathon, 2015 Rock ‘n Roll Chicago Half Marathon, 2016 Silurian Spring 25k, 2016 Rock ‘n Roll Chicago Half Marathon, 2016 Chicago Lakefront 50k
Indiana (#4)2010 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, 2012 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, 2014 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, 2015 Veterans Marathon
Iowa (#27)2012 IMT Des Moines Marathon
Kansas (#32)2013 Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz
Kentucky (#21)2012 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon
Louisiana (#30)2013 Rock ‘n Roll New Orleans Marathon
Maine (#42)2014 Maine Half Marathon
Maryland (#38)2014 Maryland Half Marathon
Massachusetts (#5)2010 Boston’s Run to Remember
Michigan (#13)2011 Traverse City State Bank Bayshore Marathon, 2013 North Country Run 50-Miler
Minnesota (#23)2012 Grandma’s Marathon
Mississippi (#16)2011 Tupelo Marathon
Missouri (#2)2010 Go! St. Louis Half Marathon, 2014 Go! St. Louis Marathon
Montana (#25) – 2012 Madison Half Marathon
Nebraska (#45)2016 Omaha Marathon
Nevada (#29)2012 Hoover Dam Marathon
New Hampshire (#41)2014 New Hampshire Marathon
New Jersey (#47)2017 New Jersey Marathon
New Mexico (#37)2014 Shiprock Marathon
New York (#17) – 2011 ING New York City Marathon
North Carolina (#31)2013 NC Half Marathon
North Dakota (#43)2015 Fargo Marathon
Ohio (#12) 2011 Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon, 2014 Air Force Marathon
Oklahoma (#28)2012 Williams Route 66 Marathon
Oregon (#34) – 2013 Portland Marathon
Pennsylvania (#36)2013 Philadelphia Marathon
Rhode Island (#46)2016 Newport Marathon
South Carolina (#15)2011 XTERRA Trail Run
South Dakota (#26)2012 Run Crazy Horse Marathon
Tennessee (#20)2012 Oak Barrel Half Marathon
Texas (#9)2011 LIVESTRONG Austin Half Marathon
Utah (#35)2013 Moab Trail Half Marathon
Vermont (#44)2016 Mad Marathon
Virginia (#22)2012 Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon
Washington (#33)2013 Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon
West Virginia
Wisconsin (#3)2010 Wisconsin Half Marathon, 2010 Madison Mini-Marathon, 2013 Ice Age Trail 50k, 2016 Ice Age Trail 50-Miler
Wyoming (#40)2014 Bighorn Wild & Scenic Trail 50k