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

FullSizeRender.jpg

17 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

IMAGE.JPG

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 

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 

IMAGE.JPG

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.

IMAGE.JPG

 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

Yasir Salem