In November of 2014, I ran my first Half Marathon. It was not easy, but damn was it fun. In the many months before, my brother had posed the idea of lacing up our sneakers and doing a half marathon race in Florida at Disney. Let me start by saying, my initial reaction to this idea was dread and, how do they say it, hell no! After moving back from Hawaii after three years of working on my Ph.D. and the fact I had not seen my brother very often, the thought of a trip with him to do a race seemed like a great bonding opportunity, even if I did have to run 13.1 miles.
To make a long story short, I…we did! We both completed the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. It poured, was cold, I had been recovering from a knee injury, but I did it and loved it. Almost as soon as it concluded, I thought…I have to do this again. Almost as soon as I crossed the finish line, I thought I have to do this again.
Over the last six years, I have run a half marathon at least once each year, sometimes more, but never less. In every possible way, this is my fitness goal, with the bonus that the races I select will bring travel, exploration, and a wicked good time! While this started with my brother and I seeking to run a race together, it has morphed into a once a year brother trip to run a half marathon, drink beer, and create memories. But I do not always travel with just my brother. Most of the time I go on these “run-cations” I travel with my wife, another Historian, who does not enjoy the running part of the trip, but enjoys the local coffee while I am running. Then we explore the city, historical sights, and find the best local places to eat. I do not go alone on these “run-cations”…these are travel opportunities to explore and form memories with those that joined me on this adventure. I have been to many incredible places to run a half marathon. Great places, great memories, and more to come.
So, since 2014 and until just this past February, I have completed 16 Half Marathons in 13 different states plus Washington D.C.
Here is the list:
- November 2014 – Disney Wine and Dine Half marathon – Orlando, FL
- March 2015 – New Bedford Half Marathon – New Bedford, MA
- June 2015 – Walkway Half Marathon – Poughkeepsie, NY
- July 2015 – Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon – Portland, ME
- September 2015 – Jamestown Half Marathon – Jamestown, RI
- November 2015 – Seacoast Half Marathon – Portsmouth, NH
- April 2016 – Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon – Springfield, IL
- June 2016 – Covered Bridges Half Marathon – Woodstock, VT
- October 2016 – Rock n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon – Brooklyn, NY
- March 2017 – DC Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon – Washington, DC
- June 2017 – San Diego Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon – San Diego, CA
- October 2017 – Denver Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon – Denver, CO
- October 2018 – Newburyport Half Marathon – Newburyport, MA
- April 2019 – Nashville Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon – Nashville, TN
- October 2019 – Hershey Half Marathon – Hershey, PA
- February 2020 – New Orleans Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon – New Orleans, LA
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