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5 half marathons in 5 days in 5 states

Do you think it is crazy to run 5 half marathons in 5 days in 5 states?

 

 

I thought so too, but I like to be challenged.  I knew I could do anything I set my mind to do, but never did I know that this challenge would change my life.

 

In January 2014, I decided to run 40 half marathons before December 2014.  I was not sure how to make it happen, but I was going to give it my all. As of September, I have completed 29 and learned a lot about life and health through this journey.

5 half marathons in 5 days in 5 states is part of www.mainlymarathons.com.  We completed the Center of the Nation Series and included Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska.

I taught summer school to fund the 5/5/5 adventure. I registered in July for the races, purchased airfare, and booked the hotels.  Misty agreed to this craziness with me.

 

On Tuesday, September 16, Stacey drove us to the airport at 4:30am with a bag full of snacks.  Only a true friend will drive you to the airport at God early!  The airport was uneventful and the layover in Denver included a gooey cinnamon roll to share.

6:07am departure

6:07am departure

 

We met Kevin on the plane from Denver to Rapid City.  He lives in the town south of us and has run 288 marathons.  He was running full marathons in the 5/5/5 series and explained to us that there would be running legends at this series.

 

We arrived in South Dakota, picked up our rental car and headed to Mount Rushmore. It was amazing to see in real life. Driving through SD, ND, and MT was boring.  There were no restaurants or anything much to see in the 4 hour drive. We arrived at packet pickup for our tee shirt, race bib, and medal.  We arrived at the Red River Inn, but were not able to check in until the other ladies we were sharing a room with arrived.  We ate at the attached diner and checked email while we waited. Finally, we were able to get into room and prepare for day 1.  Daisy and Jeanine roomed with us the first two days and they were running the full.

 

Race 1 of 5 was in Baker, MT.

 

We woke up, dressed, and headed to the race. We represented Texas with our outfits and became known as the “Texas team.” We were nervous and not sure what we got ourselves into… it was too late at this time to back out!

Montana complete

Montana complete

 

We ran loops around a small lake/pond with some roadkill along the course. Each loop was about 2 miles resulting in running more than 13.1 miles. We started making friends on the course while everyone would cheer each other on as we passed each other time and time again on the loops.  Several of the runners were running full marathons and were much older than us. We met running legend Larry Macon who holds several world records in the Guinness Book of World Records.

 

There was no chip timing. Each loop we picked up a rubber band and when you had 7 rubber bands, you were finished. As you came through to pick up your rubber band, there was a table of food and a table for drinks.  The volunteers were amazing providing food and drinks for us as we made our loops.
Lap 7 was our victory lap! We picked up our MT medal, took a picture, and headed to hotel for shower. After showering, we asked locals where to eat.  We ate at a local diner, stopped at the local grocer for water and advil before heading to Bowman, ND for the next race.

Day 2 will be on next blog.