M is for Montreal
I had been to Montreal a couple of times as a kid. When we were first married we lived in VT (see E in the previous post!), and Montreal was an easy drive so we went quite a few times.
Did I run there? Not in those first visits, but once I caught the half marathon bug (before I decided to try to run one in every state) I ran the RnR Montreal half in Montreal.
N is for NOLA
I’ve been to NOLA a couple of times. The first time was for work, and I didn’t really see much of the city. The second time was for a racecation, and I definitely ate my way through NOLA!
Did I run there? Obviously. This race was a very surprising PR. We had a lot of fun in NOLA and I’d love to go back — again — someday!
O is for Ocean City, NJ
We stopped off in Ocean City the first time when we were driving own to Annapolis (for a half, of course). I just feel in love with this small (dry, btw, as in no alcohol) beach town. I knew that’s where I wanted to run my half in NJ, and that’s exactly what I did a few years later.
Did I run there? Yes. Although I should’ve known that it would follow my Annapolis half — it was so hot that day. I withered. Not my best race, but we still enjoyed our racecation there.
P is for Prague
Another work trip. We were actually in Dresden for one day — when it rained, sleeted, and snowed. Then Prague for several days, where the forecast was really off and it was so cold. Which didn’t stop me from walking all over the city.
Did I run here? Sort of — on the treadmill. The location of our hotel really wasn’t at all conducive to running, and neither were the cobblestones in Old Town. I didn’t think to look up kph vs mph and figuring out pace was a bit of a trial at first!
Q is for Quebec
As a tween I went to a travel camp run by our local Jewish Community Center. The counselors were college kids. All of that is kind of frightening in retrospect, but it was a lot of fun (and time on buses). Quebec was one of the cities we visited.
Did I run there? Obviously not! I was not at all fond of running as a kid.
R is for Red Rocks Park, NV
We have visited Red Rocks State park outside of Las Vegas a few times. We weren’t impressed the first time we went there, but it slowly grew on us. Another great place to visit in that area is Valley of Fire. Las Vegas ain’t just the strip!
Did I run there? Obviously yes, I did, the last time we were there. It felt so hard. You’d think the desert would feel easier.
S is for Sedona, AZ
Sedona is someplace I longed to visit. When we went to the Phoenix area for my AZ half, I finally made it happen! It is a magical place. We only had a few days there, and I really want to go back and hike there more.
Did I run there? Obviously I did. And it was hard. The elevation! The hills! But the views were worth it.
T is for Tampa, FL
I have been to Tampa a few times. My mind remembers visiting Big Cat Rescue when we went to visit my inlaws one year, but we would have needed a car. Maybe we rented a car after we left the inlaws? Maybe it was a business trip for Mr. Judy?
Did I run here? My memory is a bit fuzzy here. I know I went once by myself for a conference (didn’t run), I know we visited Big Cat Rescue (don’t think I ran) but I still have some vivid memories of running in Tampa. Not sure when!
U is for Universal City, CA
I won’t lie, U was a struggle. I was going to use Utah at first, but I tried (mostly) not to use whole states. So I settled on Universal City, home of Universal Studios. We visited there our first trip to CA (the one where we weren’t married yet) — Back to the Future was going to come out soon.
Did I run here? Nope. But we had fun!
V is for Vienna
The end of our Prague trip was in Vienna. We only had a bit over a day, which turned out to be a holiday to boot, so we didn’t get to see much. We visited a castle (I don’t even remember the name!) and I actually called my mom, who talked about Demel’s. Say what? A very famous pastry shop. Of course we had to hunt it down.
Did I run there? No — as I said, we didn’t have much time here and I was so happy I got to tag along. Originally I was just going to go to Prague.
W is for Watertown, NY
18 for 2018. That was my motto. Watertown is where I ran my 18 mile race. I finished under the time limit, which made me very happy — I have a friend who was pulled from that course a couple of times before conquering it (and getting faster than me).
Did I run there? 18 miles. I have zero regrets about not going on to run a marathon. Could I have done it? I’m sure I could. Did I want to? No. Have I ruled one out? No.
X is for Xcaret, Playa del Carmen
We took a cruise that stopped in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. One of our shore excursions was Xcaret — which Donna (the inspiration for this post) also visited. It was a very long time ago, before I started blogging, so I don’t remember much about it except that we enjoyed it. I remember some fruity drink in a pineapple, and luckily we never had any stomach issues.
Did I run there? Nope. Not a runner yet.
Y is for the Yukon
Back to our Alaska cruise . . . one of our shore excursions was to the Yukon and the scenery was amazing. So glad we went on that excursion.
Did I run there? No. There usually isn’t a lot of time to run when you’re in port.
Z is for Zion National Park
Mr. Judy had visited Bryce and Zion National Parks when he was a kid — I’d never set foot in Utah at all. Anywhere on the West coast, in fact, before we got married (made up for lost time there after we were married!). We both had so much fun hiking the parks.
Did I run there? Yes. I ditched most of my pre-race runs in favor of hikes here, but I did try to run in one of the parks, although actually I think it was Bryce.. It was hard!
Care to take on the A – Z Challenge?
Have you been where I’ve been?
This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.