Marathon 36 in 50 of the #50in50: CA

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36 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon

  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub

  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico

  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma

  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44

  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis

  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival

  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon

  • OHIO 5/5/19: Flying Pig marathon @runflyingpig

  • NORTH DAKOTA 5/18/19: Fargo marathon @fargo.marathon

  • COLORADO 5/19/19: Denver Colfax marathon @runcolfax

  • VERMONT 5/26/2019: Vermont City marathon @runvermont

  • UTAH 6/1/2019: Utah Valley marathon @runutahvalley

  • DELAWARE 6/18/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series - Bear DE

  • MARYLAND 6/19/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series - Elkton MD

  • ALASKA 6/22/2019: Anchorage Mayor’s marathon @anc_marathon

  • HAWAII 6/30/2019: Kona marathon @konamarathon

  • IOWA 7/11/2019: Mainly marathons - Heartland series - Clinton IA

  • WISCONSIN 7/12/2019: Mainly marathons - Heartland series -Sparta WI

  • MINNESOTA 7/13/2019: Mainly Marathons - Heartland series - St Cloud MN

  • RHODE ISLAND 7/21/2019: Violet State marathon

  • CALIFORNIA 7/28/2019: San Francisco marathon

Ferdinand and I met up in California to run the San Francisco marathon. San Francisco is Gweneviere’s hometown and she has many family members and friends who live there I stayed with one of Gweneviere’s sisters, Daisymarie. Daisymarie and her daughter Melissa ran the San Francisco half marathon and they are both running the NYC marathon as well.

We went down to the expo to pick up our bibs.

It was huge. Definitely one of the bigger expos I’ve been to this year.

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We took a bunch of pics.

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I hung out with some friends around tow, had lunch and stuff.

On race day, Daisymarie dropped me off and then went to her start with Melissa. The half marathon has a different start and starts later. What’s interesting about the SF half marathon is that there are actually 2 halfs with 2 different courses!

As Ferd and I were lining up at the start, I spotted another one of Gweneviere’s nieces, Sarah, right next to us. I didn’t know she was running, and it was a pleasant surprise.

The course is incredibly scenic and hilly in some parts, as you would expect out for San Francisco. We ran into Melissa’s husband and police officer, Nick, on the Golden Gate Bridge patrolling it. I have him a big hug and then kept running. Ferd and I were running great race, heading for a sub 4. But around mile 22, I felt nauseous and dry heaved on the side of the road. I knew that that meant I was mildly dehydrated. It through me off for the remaining 4 miles and we had to slow down. Just around that time, Sarah caught up with us. She was also having some issues, with her knees/legs. She almost dropped out of the race before she ran into us. We kept each other going and we were able to finish with a decent time of 4:16!

Here’s a snapshot of our run:

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Here’s Sarah, Ferd and me:

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Here’s us with Daisymarie and Melissa:

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After heading back to Daisymarie’s to shower and get a quick rest, we headed out to meet up friends and family for brunch. I got to see some more of Gwen’s family. It was great to see everyone.

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If you’re looking for a great, scenic and beautiful California marathon, check out this marathon!

Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

Yasir

Marathon 35 in 50 of the #50in50: RI

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35 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon

  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub

  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico

  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma

  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44

  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis

  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival

  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon

  • OHIO 5/5/19: Flying Pig marathon @runflyingpig

  • NORTH DAKOTA 5/18/19: Fargo marathon @fargo.marathon

  • COLORADO 5/19/19: Denver Colfax marathon @runcolfax

  • VERMONT 5/26/2019: Vermont City marathon @runvermont

  • UTAH 6/1/2019: Utah Valley marathon @runutahvalley

  • DELAWARE 6/18/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series - Bear DE

  • MARYLAND 6/19/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series - Elkton MD

  • ALASKA 6/22/2019: Anchorage Mayor’s marathon @anc_marathon

  • HAWAII 6/30/2019: Kona marathon @konamarathon

  • IOWA 7/11/2019: Mainly marathons - Heartland series - Clinton IA

  • WISCONSIN 7/12/2019: Mainly marathons - Heartland series -Sparta WI

  • MINNESOTA 7/13/2019: Mainly Marathons - Heartland series - St Cloud MN

  • RHODE ISLAND 7/21/2019: Violet State Marathon

Ferdinand and I ran the Violet State marathon in Woonsocket, RI. It’s an out and back marathon alongside the Woonsocket River. We did 12 out and backs. The race offered an earlier start for runners who wanted to stay out of the extreme heat they were expecting on race day. We decided to do the early start at 5am. By 8am it was scorching hot. This was actually the hottest race either of us had done. It was hotter than even Hawaii!

We had a slow pace for the race because of it. Here are our finish times and metrics:

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Here’s us at the finish.

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Here’s a closeup of the medal:

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Overall a good race and I’d recommend it for anyone looking for a small race in Rhode Island.

Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

Yasir

Marathons 33 and 34 in 50 of the #50in50: WI and MN

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34 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon

  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub

  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico

  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma

  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44

  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis

  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival

  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon

  • OHIO 5/5/19: Flying Pig marathon @runflyingpig

  • NORTH DAKOTA 5/18/19: Fargo marathon @fargo.marathon

  • COLORADO 5/19/19: Denver Colfax marathon @runcolfax

  • VERMONT 5/26/2019: Vermont City marathon @runvermont

  • UTAH 6/1/2019: Utah Valley marathon @runutahvalley

  • DELAWARE 6/18/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series - Bear DE

  • MARYLAND 6/19/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series - Elkton MD

  • ALASKA 6/22/2019: Anchorage Mayor’s marathon @anc_marathon

  • HAWAII 6/30/2019: Kona marathon @konamarathon

  • IOWA 7/11/2019: Mainly marathons - Heartland series - Clinton IA

  • WISCONSIN 7/12/2019: Mainly marathons - Heartland series -Sparta WI

  • MINNESOTA 7/13/2019: Mainly Marathons - Heartland series - St Cloud MN

Marathon # 33 Wisconsin

On 7/11, immediately after I ran the first of my 3 consecutive marathons in the Heartland series in Clinton IA, I drove several hours to Wisconsin to rest up for the next one in Sparta.

The marathon took place in Evans-Bosshard Park which is filled with mentions of Sparta being the bicycle capital of the U.S. The course was a multi-loop with several winding twists and hard turns and a few small bridges over a creek.

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My legs were a little tired from the marathon the other day. I might have pushed myself a little hard. I purposely took this race much slower to save my legs for Minnesota’s race the following day. I also find that multi-loop courses with hard turnarounds are hard for me to get a good time because I lose a bit of momentum every time I make those hard turnarounds.

I ran with Nick Nicholson again for a few of the last miles. It’s so great to see familiar faces on the marathon circuit over and over again.

I finished in 6hr. Here’s the medal to add to the Heartland series:

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After the race, because I was in Wisconsin I wanted to get some cheese! So I stopped into a general store and bought a pack of squeaky cheese curds. They had a huge selection. I asked the store clerk which one I should buy. She showed me the bag she was eating and I bought the same one, lol. I then started driving to Minnesota.

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Marathon # 34 Minnesota

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On my way to St Cloud for the following day’s race, I stopped in Minneapolis to have dinner with Claire and Jacob, a couple who found out about the foundation through my friend Kevin, aka the LA Beast on YouTube. After dinner I made it to St Cloud. My friend and fellow marathoner who I first met at the St Jude marathon on Memphis, met me at the race and we hung out for a bit before I had to head out to the airport.

The race was a straight out and back of 12 loops. It was mentally worn out the morning of the St Cloud race, mainly due to getting up so early every day, but I rallied and was able to finish with a decent time.

I completed the 3 state series and got a 3 part linked medal!

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Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

Yasir

Marathon 32 in 50 of the #50in50: Iowa

32 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

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  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon

  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub

  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico

  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma

  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44

  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis

  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival

  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon

  • OHIO 5/5/19: Flying Pig marathon @runflyingpig

  • NORTH DAKOTA 5/18/19: Fargo marathon @fargo.marathon

  • COLORADO 5/19/19: Denver Colfax marathon @runcolfax

  • VERMONT 5/26/2019: Vermont City marathon @runvermont

  • UTAH 6/1/2019: Utah Valley marathon @runutahvalley

  • DELAWARE 6/18/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series Bear DE

  • MARYLAND 6/19/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series Elkton MD

  • ALASKA 6/22/2019: Anchorage Mayor’s marathon @anc_marathon

  • HAWAII 6/30/2019: Kona marathon @konamarathon

  • IOWA 7/11/2019: Mainly marathons - Heartland series Clinton IA

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On July 10, I flew into Minneapolis to start a 3 day series with the Mainly Marathons group in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. After I arrived into Minneapolis around 6pm, I drove for 5 hours to Clinton, Iowa for the following day’s marathon.

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It was a long drive on narrow roads. The views along the way we’re amazing!

I got to my hotel around 11pm and went right to bed. The next morning I got up early for a 5am start.

It was great seeing familiar faces from the circuit. I’ve met new friends along the way and it’s nice to catch up with them on the runs.

The course was 14 laps on a trail course.

Ir was a bit hot and I kept cool with plenty of ice water. I took it very easy on the run, since I had another 2 marathons for the next 2 days.

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The medal was nice. Like other Mainly marathon series, the medals from each series link together.

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If you’re looking to set hard to achieve records or just want to run a lot of marathons in many different states, check out Mainly Marathons!

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Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

Yasir

Marathon 31 in 50 of the #50in50: Hawaii

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31 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon

  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub

  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico

  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma

  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44

  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis

  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival

  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon

  • OHIO 5/5/19: Flying Pig marathon @runflyingpig

  • NORTH DAKOTA 5/18/19: Fargo marathon @fargo.marathon

  • COLORADO 5/19/19: Denver Colfax marathon @runcolfax

  • VERMONT 5/26/2019: Vermont City marathon @runvermont

  • UTAH 6/1/2019: Utah Valley marathon @runutahvalley

  • DELAWARE 6/18/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series Bear DE

  • MARYLAND 6/19/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series Elkton MD

  • ALASKA 6/22/2019: Anchorage Mayor’s marathon @anc_marathon

  • HAWAII 6/30/2019: Kona marathon @konamarathon

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After I finished the Anchorage Mayor’s marathon, I flew down to Hawaii for the Kona marathon. I had about a week to myself before Ferdinand and family arrived to meet me and run the race. I spent time reflecting and relaxing in a condo on the beach that a friend of mine set me up in. I ate a lot of fresh pineapple on the lanai.

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At the race expo I met Julie Weiss, Marathon. She ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks in 2012 and 2013 following the loss of her father to pancreatic cancer. There’s a lot of parallel in what I’m currently doing for the foundation. We talked for awhile and I picked up an autographed copy of her book The Miles and Trials of a Marathon Goddess: 52 Weeks, 52 Marathons.

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The race was very hot and humid, as we expected. It was in the low 90s with 81% humidity.

The Kona Marathon is primarily at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kohala Coast. The race starts and finishes at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queen’s Garden. The course has one gentle climb.

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We ran by lava fields. We ran shirtless for most of the race to try to deal with the heat.

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It took us a while to finish because of the heat. We took it east - over 5 hours.

The medals were cool.

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Check out the Kona marathon if you’re looking for a Summer marathon in Hawaii.

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Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

Yasir

Marathon 30 in 50 of the #50in50: AK

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30 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon

  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub

  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico

  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma

  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44

  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis

  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival

  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon

  • OHIO 5/5/19: Flying Pig marathon @runflyingpig

  • NORTH DAKOTA 5/18/19: Fargo marathon @fargo.marathon

  • COLORADO 5/19/19: Denver Colfax marathon @runcolfax

  • VERMONT 5/26/2019: Vermont City marathon @runvermont

  • UTAH 6/1/2019: Utah Valley marathon @runutahvalley

  • DELAWARE 6/18/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series Bear DE

  • MARYLAND 6/19/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series Elkton MD

  • ALASKA 6/22/2019: Anchorage Mayor’s marathon @anc_marathon

The Anchorage Mayor’s marathon is an amazing experience. When I arrived in Alaska, my buddy Dr Danny who lives near Anchorage, picked me up. It was around 1am and it was bright outside. In fact, there was daylight for 24 hours a day while I was there! It was nuts.

The nature in Alaska just blew me away. I used to live the North Japan Alps and Alaska reminded me of my time there, but the mountains in Alaska seemed more plentiful and bigger.

Danny and I spent some time exploring, having brunch and such.

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I picked up my race packet from the expo and did a TV interview to get the word out about early detection of lung cancer.

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Danny dropped me off early on race day and I took a bunch of nature pics along the way.

I saw a bear at mile 3!

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And a lot more nature.

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And more.

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The course was amazing. Really well thought out and I loved every moment. Every turn I took I had to take another pic, the mountains, the wildlife, the sky, the lakes and rivers.

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Michael Clinton, President of Marketing and Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines, ran the half marathon and met me at the end of the race. It was great to see him. He has many marathons, including a marathon on every continent. He’s written several books on his running experiences and has another one coming out this year.

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The medals for the race are nice!

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I drove Danny’s big truck back to his place. On the way we saw a big moose. He charged directly at us and then I guess he decided to just brush up against the truck as he walked by us. It was a surreal experience.

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This is the marathon to do in Alaska, trust me. Check them out for next year!

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Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

Yasir

Marathon 29 in 50 of the #50in50: MD

29 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

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  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon

  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub

  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico

  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma

  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44

  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis

  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival

  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon

  • OHIO 5/5/19: Flying Pig marathon @runflyingpig

  • NORTH DAKOTA 5/18/19: Fargo marathon @fargo.marathon

  • COLORADO 5/19/19: Denver Colfax marathon @runcolfax

  • VERMONT 5/26/2019: Vermont City marathon @runvermont

  • UTAH 6/1/2019: Utah Valley marathon @runutahvalley

  • DELAWARE 6/18/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series Bear DE

  • MARYLAND 6/19/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series Elkton MD

On Wednesday, 6/19, I got up super early from my NYC home and drove down to Elkton, MD to be run the 2nd marathon in a row. Like the marathon the day before, I spent more time driving to and from the race than actually running it!

The race was great. I’m now a big fan of the Mainly Marathon races. The 2 brothers that run the organization do a fantastic job. They seem to be really into it and it really shows.

The race was a little wet but not too bad. The race took place at the Fair Hills Natural Resources Management area. There’s quite a bit of horse training that happens on the property. The course was 12 laps for a marathon with some rolling hills and mostly gravel/rocky terrain.

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I was a little tired from the race the day before. I think it was due to lack of sleep. I ran much better on 8 hours of rest. I ran the race in about 5 hours I think. The medal is great and latched on to the Delaware and overall Independence series medals.

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My Nike running shorts finally wore out after 29 marathons and training, which I’m satisfied with.

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I treated myself to drivethru that had both KFC and Taco Bell (my preferred fast food on to go when I travel for races). I got a large Mac n cheese, 2 spicy potato soft tacos, and 2 bean cheese and rice burritos.

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I drove back to my NYC place, cleaned up, then went to my office and worked the rest of the work day.

Check our Mainly Marathons if you are looking to do multi-day marathons and want to chase a personal or world record!

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Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

Yasir

Marathon 28 in 50 of the #50in50: DE

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28 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon

  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub

  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico

  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma

  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44

  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis

  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival

  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon

  • OHIO 5/5/19: Flying Pig marathon @runflyingpig

  • NORTH DAKOTA 5/18/19: Fargo marathon @fargo.marathon

  • COLORADO 5/19/19: Denver Colfax marathon @runcolfax

  • VERMONT 5/26/2019: Vermont City marathon @runvermont

  • UTAH 6/1/2019: Utah Valley marathon @runutahvalley

  • DELAWARE 6/18/2019: Mainly marathons - Independence Series Bear DE

I drove down really early on Tuesday, 6/18, and ran Mainly Marathons’ Independence Series marathon in Bear, DE.

Mainly Marathons is a great organization run by two dedicated brothers. They put on multiple multi-day marathons across 14 series taking place in all 50 states. Over 80 events a year! Their races make it convenient for people like me who want to squeeze in as many marathons as possible in a short period of time.

I ran a pretty good race even though it was slight wet and rainy. The course was pretty much a trail marathon.

I saw my friends Ingke and Linda at the end of the race and then drove back to the city, cleaned up, and went to work for the second half of the workday.

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Several of my co-workers, including Jeff Dengate, Runner-in-Chief of Runner’s World, got a kick out of me showing up for work the same day as running a marathon. I got a kick out of it, too. :)

Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

Yasir

Marathon 27 in 50 of the #50in50: UT

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27 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon

  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub

  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico

  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma

  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44

  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis

  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival

  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon

  • OHIO 5/5/19: Flying Pig marathon @runflyingpig

  • NORTH DAKOTA 5/18/19: Fargo marathon @fargo.marathon

  • COLORADO 5/19/19: Denver Colfax marathon @runcolfax

  • VERMONT 5/26/2019: Vermont City marathon @runvermont

  • UTAH 6/1/2019: Utah Valley marathon @runutahvalley

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For the Utah race, I visited and stayed with Gweneviere’s family in Salt Lake City. A lot of family on her father’s side came out to visit. I met my new niece who’s middle name is Gweneviere, named after Gwen. She’s cute. On the first night I met her, we took pics together. And then she puked a bunch of applesauce outside, lol.

I went to race expo the day before the marathon and picked up a copy of the race magazine which had a full spread piece on the foundation on what we are doing. I am honored. The race directors and staff are top notch.

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I woke up super early on race day so that I could drive from Salt Lake to Provo and catch the race shuttle bus up the mountain to the start. I met a cancer survivor, John, who is running marathons just weeks after having chemotherapy. What an inspiration!

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The race has quite a bit of downhill and the views are amazing! I met an amazing pacer named Catherine who had run the Boston marathon the year it was bombed. She was just a few feet away from the bomb. As we were running she recalled her story and got a little emotional. She ran Boston again this year. She told me how she went back to the restaurant owner that took care of her after the bombing. She gave him her medal. It was very touching and moving. I will stay in touch with her. 

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The race directors met me at the finish line and gave me a hug. It was an emotional run.

The medal is cool and spins!

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I came in a great time at 4:04.

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Gweneviere’s family came out and met me at the finish. We took a lot of pics. They made touching and moving signs.

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This is an incredible race and I hope you have a chance to run it! Check it out.

Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

Yasir

Marathon 26 in 50 of the #50in50: VT

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26 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon

  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub

  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico

  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma

  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44

  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis

  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival

  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon

  • OHIO 5/5/19: Flying Pig marathon @runflyingpig

  • NORTH DAKOTA 5/18/19: Fargo marathon @fargo.marathon

  • COLORADO 5/19/19: Denver Colfax marathon @runcolfax

  • VERMONT 5/26/2019: Vermont City marathon @runvermont

I went to the marathon expo on Friday, May 24th and did an interview for the local NBC station with the Tom Messner.

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I also saw Bart Yasso and said hello.

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On Sunday, May 26 on marathon morning I did another live interview with NBC.

There was a rain delay. Tom Messner called it exactly! He said there was rain coming and in 15 minutes it was pouring! About 45 minutes after the scheduled start, we started the race. I finished in decent time around 4:28.

The medal is great!

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I really enjoyed the course and and highly recommend it. Check it out for next year!

Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

Yasir

Marathon 23, 24 & 25 in 50 of the #50in50: OH, ND, CO

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25 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon
  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas
  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon
  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon
  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis
  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity
  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon
  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon
  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon
  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon
  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon
  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon
  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm
  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon
  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon
  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub
  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico
  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma
  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44
  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis
  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival
  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon
  • OHIO 5/5/19: Flying Pig marathon @runflyingpig
  • NORTH DAKOTA 5/18/19: Fargo marathon  @fargo.marathon
  • COLORADO 5/19/19: Denver Colfax marathon  @runcolfax

FLYING PIG MARATHON 5/5/19

It was a good, clear morning. I chose the 4:00 pace group. The first 9 miles were hilly. I fell back after mile 18 or so. I ran with the 4:10 pace group. I fell back a little once it got hilly again in the last few miles. For the last 2 miles, I passed about 112 people. I ended up finishing in 4:14. I was happy with my time.

I love the medal!

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FARGO MARATHON 5/18/19

This was a really fun race start and finish inside the Fargodome.

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The weather was a little cold, windy and rainy of a start, but it got better. I saw a lot of Norwegian flags. I also saw several Native American drum circles. The course was extremely flat and fast. I finished decently in 4:16. 

The medial for the race is huge!

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I flew to Denver right after the race.

DENVER COLFAX MARATHON 5/19/19

Surprisingly the course is pretty flat and a lot  of it is on one street: Colfax. Denver is a beautiful town with great scenery. I loved this course.  

I ran decent 4:28 marathon, considering that I ran one the day before in Fargo. The medal is really nice with a part of it that spins!

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After the race I met up with my friend Maria for brunch. I then headed to my friends Chelsea and John, who just moved to Denver,  for dinner. My flight was delayed until 2:45am so I took a nap at their place. I got on flight and finally got some sleep. Next weekend I will do the Vermont City marathon in Burlington, VT.

Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

-Yasir

Marathon 21 & 22 in 50 of the #50in50: KY & NJ

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22 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon
  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas
  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon
  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon
  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis
  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity
  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon
  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon
  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon
  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon
  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon
  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon
  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm
  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon
  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon
  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub
  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico
  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma
  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon @chisholmtrail44
  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon @gostlouis
  • KENTUCKY 4/27/19: Kentucky Derby marathon @kyderbyfestival
  • NEW JERSEY 4/28/19: New Jersey marathon @njmarathon

KENTUCKY DERBY MARATHON 4/27

Today I woke up early in Louisville and headed to the Kentucky Derby Marathon. I parked right next to the start line in a garage. This is the first race I ran in my new Zoom flys.

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The race was nice. I started with the 4:00 pace group and stuck with them for about 10 miles. I fell back a little because I felt like I was going too hard. After a few more miles, I feel back a little more and met up with the 4:15 group. The first part of the run was hilly, and the second half of the race was pretty flat. We started and ended near Louisville Slugger stadium. Along the way we got to run around the Churchill Downs track. That was pretty cool.  Here’s the course:

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Here are my splits:

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And here’s the medal:

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I finished the race in about 4:19. I sprinted the last 100 meters or so. I love doing that. It’s also a crowd pleaser. I headed back to the hotel quickly to shower and change and drive back to Cincinatti airport. As I was driving I got a notification from Delta that my flight was canceled. I pulled over, called Delta and also tried to rebook through the app. Thankfully I got a flight that got me back to NYC at 11:30pm. I went to sleep around 1 am.

NEW JERSEY 4/28

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 I woke up at 4am and took the path train to Jersey City to meet my buddy Carmen so that we could drive down to the NJ marathon. Ferd met us there at the race. It was an easy drive. I only slept 3 hours, so I wasn’t rested.

We met up then hit the porto potties. While we were waiting in line, we saw a girl poop her pants while waiting. I don’t know why she didn’t just skip the line and go into one of the porto potties. Good news is she ended up finishing the race.

Ferd, Carmen and I then started running together. Carmen ran ahead. Ferd and I ran together at first. My legs were aching and tired. After a couple of miles I told Ferd he could run ahead because I didn’t think I was going to run a good race. At mile 5 he ran ahead. Around mile 18 it started lightly sprinkling. It’s a very flat course. There are some nice houses, but the best part was running along the boardwalk. I saw both Carmen and Ferd on the course. Carmen ended up finishing in 3:12 and Ferd in about 4:05. I finished around 4:35. I was happy to finish. They have a nice medal that spins. 

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My Apple Watch stopped working again after about 18 miles. I need to get it replaced finally.

After the race, Carmen and I drove back to Newark and I took the train back to NYC. Overall a great course and nicely run race.

Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

-Yasir

Marathon 20 in 50 of the #50in50: MO

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20 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon
  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas
  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon
  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon
  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis
  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity
  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon
  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon
  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon
  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon
  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon
  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon
  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm
  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon
  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon
  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub
  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico
  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma
  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail marathon
  • MISSOURI 4/7/19: Go! St Louis marathon

I flew into St Louis on Saturday morning on 4/6, and met my friend Kyle for a Cardinals game then went to pick up my race bib and headed back to Kyle’s place for the night. 

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On Sunday, 4/7 I got up early to run the St Louis marathon. It was a pretty good day. The weather started off cool and crisp and then went up a few degrees. The course is a little hilly here and there, but one of my favorite runs so far. Here’s the course:

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I started with the 4:00 pace group. I slowed down a little and finished in 4:16.

Here are my splits:

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The medal is pretty cool, too:

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Overall a great race and great to hang out with Kyle and crew.

Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

-Yasir

Marathon 17, 18, & 19 in 50 of the #50in50: NM, OK, KS

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19 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon
  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas
  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon
  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon
  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis
  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity
  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon
  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon
  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon
  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon
  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon
  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon
  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm
  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon
  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon
  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub
  • NEW MEXICO 3/21/19: Dust Bowl Series - New Mexico
  • OKLAHOMA 3/22/19: Dust Bowl Series - Oklahoma
  • KANSAS 3/24/19: Chisholm Trail Marathon

3/21/19 Dust Bowl Series Marathon - New Mexico

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I ran the Dust Bowl Series - NM marathon in Clayton. It’s a surreal landscape. Kind of a desert and little grassland. I met this guy named Nick from England who’s running 270 marathons in a year. And he’s also breaking some record for the 50K distance. There was a guy who’s run over 2000 marathons. And another whose running 52 in 52 weeks.

I took the course very slow. The Apple Watch died on me again. The course was 12 loops. Very hilly and very scenic. The race directors are brothers, Jesse and Daniel. They have amazing food at their races. They also get to know all the runners’ names. They set up the course in a way that those running see and pass each other. They talk to each other and encourage one another. It’s a very positive culture. I loved it 

I drove to Oklahoma now to rest up in a hotel and run another marathon on Friday in Guymon, OK.

3/22/19 Dust Bowl Series Marathon - Oklahoma

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I got up in Guymon, OK at the Quality Inn after a long sleep. It felt great. I noticed that my Apple Watch didn’t charge overnight for some reason. Thankfully I had brought my Garmin watch as back up. I had breakfast in the hotel. I drove the 2 miles to the start and ran in the park they had set up for the race. The race was 14 loops, much flatter than the NM marathon. Many of the staff got to know my name (including all their family. I smiled and said hello to many of the runners. It’s a very cool culture.

I drove the 400 miles or so to Wichita.

3/24/19 Chisholm Trail Marathon - Kansas

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I got up early at the Wichita Marriott. I made my way over to the start and parked pretty close. I brought Mike Langston, the race director, a copy of the Jan Men’s Health magazine that we were in. My left anterior muscle was inflamed and the tendon was squeezing down on it. I thought I was going to have to skip the race. As I started running it hurt, and as I ran faster it loosened up a little. Several people recognized me and said hello. I met Brittany and April around mile 8. We ran together and ran into their friend Tony. They have a tight running community on Wichita and all the runners seem to know each other. We ran the rest of the race together. The course has a half and a full. The full is 2 loops. The course was scenic and fast. There are some hills at the beginning and middle of the loop. The final 3 miles of the loop are downhill. We wanted to help April PR. Her old PR was 4:26. We came in at 4:13! It was amazing.

After the race we had lunch. I flew back that night.

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Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

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Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

-Yasir

Marathon 16 in 50 of the #50in50: Georgia (Publix Altanta marathon)

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16 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon
  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas
  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon
  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon
  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis
  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity
  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon
  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon
  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon
  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon
  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon
  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon
  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm
  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon
  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon
  • GEORGIA 3/17/19: Publix Atlanta marathon @atlantatrackclub

I woke early at the Crown Plaza midtown and took a lyft to meet Ferd at the start line in Olympic park. We were in wave B. We had agreed the day before that we would run at 4:15 since I have 3 marathons coming up the following week in NM, OK and KS.

There was a 4:00 and - 4:30 pace group, but no 4:15, so we decided to pace ourselves. This has been a challenge for us in the past as we tend to get excited and run ahead of our planned pace. During this race, however, we were able to keep to our plan. We seem to have learned a bit after running 5 marathons together.

This was a pretty hilly course and we knew it going into the race, so there were no surprises. For most of the races I’ve run on the #50in50, I didn’t look at the course before I ran it unless I heard it was a particularly fast from one of my friends or through someone who’s run it.

I got Invisalign braces a few days ago, and this was the first race that I had run with them on. I tried to read online about what other marathon runners with Invisalign do. I decided that I was going to do go nutrition packets followed immediately by swishing water. I also decided to skip sports drinks altogether, because of the coloring, and use salt tablets instead. It seemed to work and I finished the race without staining or anything stuck in my braces.

The amazing CNN/HLN piece on Weekend Express that I taped the other day with Coy Wise aired today. I’m so honored they helped me tell Gweneviere’s and our story.

Here are our splits:

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We finished around 4:14. My Apple Watch continues to be completely off. I need to trade it in. I like it because it makes sharing on social easy, but the GPS is so off.

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And the medal is one of my favorites. It’s in the shape of a four leaf clover (it was St. Patrick’s Day) and it spins!

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Overall a great race.

Brian Reynolds, a double amputee and one of Coach Cane’s athletes stayed in my Manhattan apartment on Saturday since he NYC Half Marathon on Sunday (same day that I was running Atlanta). That’s him on the right with my friend Barrett on the left.

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Brian set a new PR of 1:19:43 at the race and a new world record. Congrats to Brian and Coach Cane’s team.  I’m honored to have hosted him. What’s crazy is that before he ran the WR that day, he actually ran 4 miles to start because his Uber couldn’t get close enough to start. What an amazing athlete!

 Next marathons/states on the schedule:

  • 3/21 NM (Clayton)

  • 3/22 OK (Guymon)

  • 3/24 KS (Wichita)

Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

-Yasir

Marathon 15 in 50 of the #50in50: North Carolina (Wrightsville Beach)

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15 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

  • NORTH CAROLINA 3/9/19: Wrightsville Beach marathon @wbmarathon

On 3/9, I got up early in my Wilmington, NC hotel to ran the Wrightsville Beach Marathon.

I parked at the finish line on the UNC-Willmington campus and took the race shuttle to the start line. The race start was 6:40am, which was an interesting choice. I ran with the 4:00 pace group. The weather was cool and crisp, and the temperature was 48. I stuck with the pace group until around mile 20, and then I needed to take a walking break for a couple of minutes to bring my heart rate down. The course is scenic with ocean views and fairly flat.

Our pacer was really consistent and dependable. I ended up finishing in 4:05, which I was satisfied with. I’ve been generally consistent with my time. I want to chip away until I get to my goal time at NYC marathon 2019. Here are my splits:

The finisher’s festival on the UNC was really well done with lots of food and drinks. Publix was the big sponsor. They brought out food in a big way for finishers and took care of them. The medals were really nice and colorful:

I flew back right after the race on Saturday night, which I was excited about because I would be sleeping in my own bed on a weekend night. I haven’t done that much of that in the last few months, because of all the traveling for races.

I got home just a little after 9pm, hung out with the cats, and went to bed soon after.

Next marathons/states on the schedule:

  • 3/17 GA (Atlanta)

  • 3/21 NM (Clayton)

  • 3/22 OK (Guymon)

  • 3/24 KS (Wichita)

Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

-Yasir

Marathons 13 and 14 in 50 of the #50in50: South Carolina (Myrtle Beach) and Arkansas (Little Rock)

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14 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3/2/19: Myrtle Beach marathon @runmbm

  • ARKANSAS 3/3/19: Little Rock marathon @lrmarathon

MARATHON 13: MYRTLE BEACH, 3/2/2019

I flew into Myrtle Beach on Friday and picked up my bib. The expo was really well-organized and everyone was friendly.

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On race morning, I woke up early in Myrtle Beach, SC to run the Myrtle Beach marathon. I planned to meet up with my friend Vicki Dufner to run the whole race together. This was her 30th marathon in 365 days so she qualified for titanium level on Marathon Maniacs. I’m really proud of her.

We started off with the pace group and dropped back little by little. It was slightly warm and got humid as the day went on. We walked here and there.

There are parts of the course that are really scenic along the shoreline. I liked those parts of the course. It’s also fairly flat course.

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We ended up finishing in 4:38. Not too bad. I was saving my legs for tomorrow’s marathon in Little Rock. Here are my splits:

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The medal is really nice and colorful.

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I did an interview with a Alan Blondin of Myrtle Beach Online. It’s a really nice piece.

After the race, I said bye to Vicki and congratulated here and took off. I showered, changed, and went to the airport to go to Little Rock.

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I had to change planes in Atlanta, which had a fun walkway between terminals.

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I spoke with a Josh Snyder from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette about my participation in the Little Rock marathon. It was also a great piece.

MARATHON # 14 LITTLE ROCK , 3/3/2019

On race morning, I got up a little later than for Myrtle Beach because the race started at 8am.

I drove to the convention center to meet Kit Fox of Runner’s World and his family who were running the half marathon. The marathon has this great little add-on you can purchase called Perks access, which gives you to morning food and drinks, private gear check, and a nice warm place to wait for the start.

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I met up with one of my Twitter connections, Mather Chaney, who happened to be pacing at around the pace I was looking for, 4:10.

After hanging out with Kit and family for a bit, I headed to the start line to run with Mather’s pace group. It was a little cold and rainy, but not too bad. After a couple of miles, it started to hail! Small hail, but still hail. It was a fun experience. The course itself is pleasant and scenic with some rolling hills. This was my first time to Arkansas and I didn’t know what kind of course to expect. There were a few bigger hills around mile 14, 18, and 25.

Some of the interesting sites along the way included a cheer station comprised of a huge group of cheerers on bikes, historic Central High School, the Capitol, great nature trails, and a pretty nice downtown Little Rock.

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One thing I find interesting about marathons in the south is that there are always several bystanders serving beer and donuts. I haven’t seen that anywhere else except in the south. I stick with water, sport drinks, nutrition packets, and fruit.

I met a runner in the pace group named Eric from Michigan. He was pacing with our group and was running the half marathon. He was running the race as a prep for next month’s Boston marathon. We spoke a lot about different marathons we’ve done and ones we look forward to doing. Mather and I got a chance to speak for a good chunk of time. I feel back around mile 18 when I needed a break. My legs felt a little worn out at that point. after a short break, I started up again. I took a few more short breaks here and there, and at mile 22 I continued running until the end, even at a much slower pace. I ended up finishing in about 4:16.


One important detail about this race is the HUGE medal they give out!

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Here are my splits:

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After I finished I went to the Perks room to have warm food (pizza, tomato soup and pasta) and pick up my gear bag. I drove to my hotel to shower then headed to the airport to fly home.

Overall it’s a great scenic course with warm, friendly fellow runners and spectators. The course is slightly challenging on some hills along the course. The finisher medals are a huge draw and the race directors do an amazing job pampering runners. I highly recommend this marathon for anyone.

Here are the 2 medals from the weekend:

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Once I got to the Little Rock airport, I was surprised that security asked me to take out my medal to scan even though I have TSA Pre and didn’t need me to take anything else out. The medal is that HUGE.

Next marathons/states on the schedule:

  • 3/9 NC (Wilmington)

  • 3/17 GA (Atlanta)

  • 3/21 NM (Clayton)

  • 3/22 OK (Guymon)

  • 3/24 KS (Wichita)

Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

-Yasir

Marathon 12 in 50 of the #50in50: Massachusetts (Hyannis Marathon)

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12 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

  • MASSACHUSETTS 2/24/19: Hyannis Marathon @hyannismarathon

I got up really early around 4am to get ready to run the Hyannis marathon. It’s a 4 hour drive from NYC.

My friend Barrett drove the way there and I slept most of the way.

When we got to Hyannis, it was raining, cold and windy. The Hyannis marathon is famous for its bad weather. Gweneviere ran the 10k last year. It was her last organized run that she did.

Because the weather was so bad this year, I thought about skipping the race and doing another Massachusetts race later in the year, but I knew how hard it was to put my schedule together, and changing anything on the 50 marathon schedule would throw everything off.

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I picked up my bib and then went to the start line. I wore my thick ski gloves to keep my hands warm and dry. I also wore a disposable rain parka. I needed them. I kept my nutrition under my cap. It was a very wet cold and windy run. The course itself was beautiful. I have run this marathon for 3 years straight. It’s always cold and sometimes wet. I kept a conservative 9:30 pace for most of the way. My Apple Watch failed again around the 3:49 mark. Here’s all the data I got out of it:

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And here are my splits:

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I am going to have to get my watch replaced. The watch is only 6 months old. I ended up finishing without major issues and in 4:21. I’m ok with that.

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I drove back while Barrett slept part of the way.

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Next marathons/states on the schedule:

  • 3/2 SC (Myrtle Beach)

  • 3/3 AR (Little Rock)

  • 3/9 NC (Wilmington)

  • 3/17 GA (Atlanta)

  • 3/21 NM (Clayton)

  • 3/22 OK (Guymon)

  • 3/24 KS (Wichita)

Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

-Yasir

Marathon 11 in 50 of the #50in50: Texas (Austin Marathon)

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11 of 50 states in the #50in50 done:

  • NEW YORK 11/4/18: @nycmarathon

  • NEVADA 11/11/18: @runrocknroll Vegas

  • PENNSYLVANIA 11/18/18: @Philly_Marathon

  • WASHINGTON 11/25/18: @seattlemarathon

  • TENNESSEE 12/1/18: @stjude Memphis

  • ALABAMA 12/8/18: @irunrocketcity

  • FLORIDA 1/13/19: @rundisney #wdwmarathon

  • LOUISIANA 1/20/19: @thelamarathon

  • MISSISSIPPI 1/26/19: Mississippi blues Marathon

  • ARIZONA 2/9/19: Mesa-Phoenix Marathon @phxmarathon

  • TEXAS 2/17/19: Austin marathon @austinmarathon

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I woke early at Erica and Greg’s Place in East Austin to run the Austin Marathon. Greg made me coffee and I made a hummus muffin sandwich, and a banana. The coffee did it’s thing pretty quickly.

Greg drove me to around 8th and I-35. I then walked to 2nd and Congress, where the start line was and near the pace group Ferd and I were running with. Ferd was staying at a Marriott hotel near the start. We met up with Aaron and Stephen Berry, my nephews. They also had a couple of other friends running, Hunter and Jason. Stephen had a knee injury, and was wearing a brace.

Ferd, Hunter and I went to Ferd’s room to use the bathroom one last time. We then got out and started running with the pace group. The mass start was very crowded, with all 11,000 marathon and half marathon runners starting at the same time. The race organizers should do a better job managing the amount of runners in their race. They should at least do wave starts. The field was way too crowded all the way until mile 8. This is also one of the races where the runners don’t get much direction from the racer organizers on how to seed themselves. I saw friends Shannon, Javier, Greg, Erica, Dan, Ines and Brad at multiple times throughout the race. It was great to see them.

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The weather was mostly good in the 50s with decent humidity up until around 9am. From 9am-11am it was a little warmer and humid. The course was a bit difficult with many steep inclines. There is also a very steep incline at mile 26.

Ferd and I finished at 4:14, not bad considering the hilly course and the temperature.

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Here are the splits:

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Stephen somehow managed to finish with Aaron in 4:50. Hunter finished in an amazing 3:11, wow. Jason finished after Aaron and Stephen.

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The best part of this race is the race medal which doubles as a Texas-sized belt buckle. I’ll wear it to work at some point.

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Overall this is a difficult race, with issues that can be fixed  like managing the start of the race to handle the amount of people.

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If people are going to do a Texas race, I don’t recommend Austin. I will be looking at Houston for next year, which I’ve heard great things about.

After the marathon, we all met at East Tavern for food and drinks. It was nice to be with everyone. We then went back to Erica and Greg’s to shower and relax.

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After a little bit of relaxing, I met up with some more friends for dinner. I saw Kaleb, April, their kids, Sam, Maggie (her birthday), Javier and Shannon at Lupe Tortilla.

Next marathons/states on the schedule:

  • 2/24 MA (Hyannis)

  • 3/2 SC (Myrtle Beach)

  • 3/3 AR (Little Rock)

  • 3/9 NC (Wilmington)

  • 3/17 GA (Atlanta)

  • 3/21 NM (Clayton)

  • 3/22 OK (Guymon)

  • 3/24 KS (Wichita)

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Join me on the #50in50 for the Gweneviere Mann Foundation, with many ways to get involved.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD GWENEVIERE’S SONG

She was excited about releasing an album that she had just finished, but she passed before she could realize that dream, so we just recently released a single "What I Can Be" off of her album for her so that we could fulfill that dream for her. Download it here

Together we will save lives through early detection programs for lung cancer and brain tumors.

I ❤️ you Gwen.

-Yasir