Usually when people learn I’m chasing a goal to run a marathon in each of the 50 states, the first thing they ask while chuckling is, “How many do you have left?” Now that I’m three-fifths of the way there, people tend to be less skeptical than when I “only” had 10 under my belt.
Maybe they’re too polite, but most people don’t ask me why, though I’m sure they’re wondering, just like you are. After all, I’m not trying to break any records and obviously it’s been done before. There is literally a 50 States Club, whose members are people who have accomplished what I now aim to do, and it seems that the more races I run, the more I hear of someone finishing their 50th state.
I’m not doing it in record time. There are runners out there who have done all 50 in a year. I ran my first marathon 12 years ago and at the rate I’m currently going at four to five states per year, it will probably take me another five years to finish. And that’s ok. My training has changed, and so has my running.
While I rationally know no one can expect to run 50 marathons and have them all to be epic performances, part of me does expect that although I know that won’t be the case. And now you understand the dynamic that is Dill, the runner, and a little about the quest I am on.
So if I’m not running my best races and not breaking any records, what’s the point?