I rejoined Miri in Delaware only a few months after attempting the Marathon du Medoc. She may also write about her own experience with the race, so sorry if this is redundant. We were joined by Miri's friend Laird, who is also tackling the challenge of a marathon in every state. He's part of a more official group called Marathon Maniacs and this was his 15th state. He's done about 20 marathons just this year, which I think is completely remarkable.. and a little bit crazy. Great job though, Laird, keep it up! And thanks for sharing some of your course photos with me!
|The Sands; as it was 30 years ago|
|Worth a slip down an embankment, isn't it?|
Reheboth Beach was a bit sparse since it was the off season, and many restaurants, hotels and stores were "Closed for the Season." However, I have to give a shout out to the Cake Break, who opened up at 5:00 a.m. race morning to provide us runners with bagels, bananas, coffee and oatmeal. We, of course, had to repay them for this great kindness and go back later for a post-race cupcake. It would have just been rude not too! I highly recommend the Black and Tan, which is a Guiness Stout cake with Bailey's frosting. Delish!
|Oysters - 0; Miri & Kristine - 16|
Since much of the action was gone for the winter season, there wasn't much left to do after running around the area for 4 plus hours. So the day after the race, Miri and I headed back to Baltimore and took in some of the sights of downtown. We got to go up to Baltimore's panoramic viewing point (every city has one) for only $1, since it was $1 weekend for all sites in the city. Unfortunately, this also made our potential visit to the Aquarium impossible due to insanely long lines. So instead we wandered a bit along the Heritage Walk into Little Italy (oddly did not see any Italian spots) and historic Jonestown.
All in all, a nice race and a nice weekend with old and new friends. I finished off the year checking a 14th state off of my list. So far, 2013 looks like it will bring me to Fargo, North Dakota in May. As 2012 comes to a close, I'm not sure what else is in store for 2013, but I know that I can't wait to find out. There are a lot of states left and race-cations to be had! Thank you for reading our blog and for your support and encouragement over another year of running. I encourage you to donate to worthy causes like Don't Bully My Breed and Girls on the Run during this season of giving! Happy holidays everyone!