I don’t travel much, in fact the only time I’ve left the country is to hang out in Canada for a little while. But shortly after I started running a couple of years ago, I thought it would be kind of fun to incorporate running when I travel into a little Bucket List goal. I was in Atlanta with my husband for a little R & R and knew it would be easy to blow off any chances I might have to run. Instead I decided it would be a great time to add “running in other states” as part of my fitness routine. So I decided during that trip that I was going to make it a Bucket List goal that before I died I would run at least a 5K distance in all fifty states.
I just started running in April of 2010 and since then I’ve been able to run a 5K distance in five different states. If I keep this up it’ll only take me 20 years to get to my goal. And this weekend I’ll add one more. Every October I meet up with about a dozen other moms of twins in some far away destination for four days of running away from home to laugh, relax and have a great time. On Thursday I leave for Phoenix and since I’ve never been running in Arizona, I’ve already lined up a running partner who will stop kicking up her feet and relaxing long enough to help me get at least one 3.1 mile run in.
Not only does this goal insure that when I do travel I make sure I pack my running clothes and shoes, but I figure when I get down to the end of reaching my goal and have a few states left then my husband will just have to listen to me when I say “But honey, I’ve run in 48 states! I’m just missing Hawaii and Alaska! We have to go! “