Friday, February 7, 2014

Where Do You Run?

I don't know if it's because it's a new month or because I made my goals for the year so vague, but I've been thinking a lot about different things I want to accomplish lately.  One thing that keeps popping up in my mind is the different states I've gotten a chance to run in the past couple of years.  I've been tossing around the idea of making a goal to run in a certain number of states, but I've been so busy lately that I haven't made any definite plans on that.  For now, in honor of the Friday Five with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia I'll give you five of my favorite places.

1. Washington, D.C. : Ok, so not a state, but still.  No matter how long I live in this area I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing the monuments.



2. Walt Disney World, Florida:  Basically, I'm just a big kid at heart, and I loved every minute of my Disney adventure for the Tower of Terror 10 miler.  While I don't feel the need to spend the money to do every Disney race, I would like to go back one day to do the Wine and Dine Half Marathon.



3. Maryland:  What can I say, I have lots of love for my home state.  Over the years I've found some great places to run and have done some amazing low key races that are perfect for a girl who doesn't really love crowds and zero parking.



4. Virginia:  This is the state I really learned to love running for myself.  It's the state of my first half marathon and the home of my beloved J&A racing as well as Kale Racing that puts on the Mud in Your Eye cross country series that I loved running so much with my dad.  When I think of my favorite running memories, the majority happened here.

Noland Trail = Best Trail Ever. 

5. California:  Last summer I thought my running streak would be over when I went to San Diego on vacation, but I quickly learned that my runs would be the perfect way to start the day.  The weather was amazingly cool for the middle of summer and I'm a huge fan of running by the water.



I actually hit quite a few places in 2013 (Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Alabama, and California) and will probably get all of those places with the exception of California again this year.

What are some of your favorite place to run?  Any states that I should add to my "must run" list?
 


17 comments:

  1. I've run in all those states! I loved running in NC last fall - right along the coast in OBX!

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    1. Ahh I'm jealous! I would LOVE to run there right now!

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  2. I think you must run in Boston...running along the Charles in the Spring, Summer and Fall is breathtaking!

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    1. I've always wanted to go there! I'll make sure to stay away in the winter as it did not make your list of breathtaking seasons :-)

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  3. Yay for Cali! I love living here in the wine country, as the setting for my runs is just beautiful all year round and during "crush" season we can smell the grapes and vineyards...So amazing :)

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    1. I am so jealous of your weather! I've been thinking about San Diego A LOT the past couple of weeks with our polar vortex crap. I definitely want to visit wine country, but I think running might take a back seat to the wine :-)

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  4. Aww I miss running in the DMV! Have to admit running in Santa Barbara weather has been much better than running in the weather back home lately :)

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    1. Haha, I bet! I'm trying to remind myself how much I love pullovers with thumbholes as I start layering up for my runs :-)

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  5. Go Maryland - our state rocks! Well, for some things. I also love running in DC - since I work downtown I get to do that once in a while. :)

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    1. Our state does rock! I know some people hate, but we really do have it all.

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  6. Many of your favorites are mine as well. I love living in the DC area and having so many scenic places to run right at our doorstep. And having run at Disney World for the first time last month, I can confidently say that I don't think there will be a more magical place that I'll ever run at.

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    1. Yes, Disney is such a fun place to run! I love all the characters along the course and all the fun costumes the runners wear :-)

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  7. I've run in all those places except Disney -- it is definitely a bucket list thing for me!

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  8. Mass has some great running trails as does Knoxville, TN. Mass is much flatter then TN though so there's that. KY has nice trails through horse country so the views can't be beat. I move around a lot and finding all the trails is always my favorite way to explore a city.

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    1. Those both sound great! It's always fun getting to explore new places :-)

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