Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week’s Tuesday Topic: Where I’ve been, A-Z: Letters S-Z!. Remember to link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post.
Closing out the alphabet, here’s a list of places I’ve been (letters S-Z).
S – San Antonio, Texas. I ran the Remix Challenge for the Rock n Roll San Antonio race series (5k and half marathon). This was a really cool trip because it was my first time visiting Texas and I was able to meet up with a bunch of other online running friends as well. The race was in December and I remember that it was around 55-60 degrees the morning of the 5k race. I had on a tank top and most of the other runners had on layers. You could tell that I wasn’t from the area, lol.
T – Trenton, New Jersey. I ran the Trenton Half Marathon back in 2015 as part of my #15in15 challenge (Run 15 half marathons in 2015), and it was not a great experience. The city was really dead. We had a hard time finding a place that was open for dinner. The race itself was pretty disorganized as well. As of 2018, the race was cancelled so it seems like they didn’t learn form any of the mistakes made years prior.
U – University Park, Pennsylvania. I did my undergrad at Pennsylvania State University located in Happy Valley, but the real name of the city is University Park. I wish that I was into running during my college years because the campus is absolutely stunning and there are so many great places to run. I really enjoyed my years there, although I’m not sure how I was able to fit in a full course load, working 20 hours a week and partying at least 4-5 days a week…youth is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?
V – Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach was my 3rd marathon. I didn’t know how this was going to go because it was my first Spring marathon and training throughout the Winter was rough. I also only trained for 12 weeks. Despite those factors, it was actually a pretty pleasant race up until Mile 20 when my legs started to get super tired, but I crossed the finish line with a smile so that’s all that matters.
W – Washington, DC. I ran the Rock n Roll DC half marathon and it was absolutely awful! It was pouring rain the entire time and after I finished the race, it took forever to get back to my hotel because the trains were just packed with runners. Besides that, I just didn’t like the city at all. I’ve gone back to DC for work trips and conferences since then, thinking it would change my opinion, but nope, I just don’t like DC.
X – Unfortunately I could not come up with a city for X.
Y – Yonkers, New York. No running for me in this city, but I have visited Yonkers a few times since it’s only about 30-40 minutes away from me.
Z – Unfortunately I could not come up with a city for Z.
Tell me: Where is the coolest place you have visited or run?
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Some great memories, Kim! Amazing how some races are fantastic experiences and some are quite horrible and bland. Not finding a place for dinner after a race sounds like a nightmare! 😬
Thanks Catrina! Oh I’ve had some horrific race experiences – maybe I should do a blog post about those. Some were so bad they were actually funny.
Kimberly Hatting says
This was a fun blog topic! I had to use creative license to accommodate all 26 letters, but #MissionAccomplished. Bummer you didn’t like DC, because I love visiting there
🙂 …even in the pouring rain, LOL
I like “creative license”, lol. I did give up on two letters this time because I was spending too much time trying to think of a city, lol.
Nice memories both good and bad.
I went to a beautiful garden in Trenton and I want to run in DC.
Definitely many places on my bucket list
Like you, I still have a lot of places on my bucket list. I’ll get to them one day!
Debbie @ Deb Runs says
This has been such a fun topic, thanks for the prompt! You’ve visited some cool places. I’ve never been to Texas or any of the gulf coast states except for Florida. I have loved all of the races and bike rides I’ve done in DC, seeing the monuments, etc., but even though I live only 30 miles away, I don’t go into the city. There’s nothing beyond the history of DC that compels me to visit.
You’re welcome – glad you enjoyed this prompt the past few weeks. Yes, I was in the city of DC and I just really didn’t like it. I don’t mind big cities at all but just something about DC didn’t sit right with me.
Deborah Brooks says
While it is not too far away, I still have not done the Virginia Beach race yet. The weather is always so iffy around that race but I need to make it happen one of these years. I have heard San Diego is a fun one too!
That’s so true about the weather during that time. March is such a hard time for racing because it can literally be anywhere from 35-80 degrees, lol. San Diego was a fun race too!
This has been a fun series of posts! I had to chuckle at your comments about fitting in running when you were in college 😉 Penn State’s campus is beautiful!
The PSU campus is so gorgeous – I miss it!
Zenaida Arroyo says
That is interesting about Washington, DC. I love it there ! I love what you said about being an undergrad, working, and partying? So different now. Now I go to bed at 9pm. I’ve heard great things about the Yuengling Shamrock Half Marathon and Marathon but I’ve already run in VA so don’t see myself going back there again.
Yup, I’m usually in bed by 10pm now and back in college I would be getting ready to go our for the night at 10pm, lol.