About Me

   Hello fellow runners! I’m Rachel, a student, a hard worker, a triathlete, and (what I enjoy most) a runner. I live in Durham, North Carolina where the trails are gorgeous and the weather is (almost) always perfect for a good run!

I started running while in highschool when I ran my first half marathon at the age of 17, the Shamrock Half Marathon. Ever since I felt the thrill of being surrounded by so many other runners and crossing that finish line after thirteen miles of running, I’ve been hooked! After running a few more races and knowing this is what I wanted to do with my life, I challenged myself to run a half marathon in every state!

I graduated from the University of North Carolina of Wilmington with a degree in English and a minor in Journalism but while in my last semester in school I decided to go on a different path after graduating. I finished my B.A. and am now going back to school to be a sonogram tech.

Make sure to follow my facebook page HERE and my twitter @running50states . Also, if you would like to contact me you may do so at rachelruns50states@gmail.com


11 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Brian January 27, 2012 at 03:12 #

    Thank you for commenting on my blog and / or continuing to read it. I and my other team members appreciate it. I’m a premedical student in California, if you ever want to talk about medicine or going into medicine just let me know! One of our good friends / doctors we know is a neurosurgeon got his bachelor’s in English. So, don’t give up on your dreams! You’re gorgeous too by the way! Great job!

  2. asstastic04 May 19, 2012 at 23:40 #

    hi thank you for replying to my question i checkout your blog and i like it you have inspired me to blog also pleas check out my blogs and i will follow you

  3. Darlene October 9, 2012 at 13:02 #


    I am really enjoying your blog!

    I’ve been nominated for Liebster Award and wanted to pay it forward by nominating your blog for one too!

    The Rules:
    1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
    2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
    3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
    4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post. Go to their page and tell them.
    5. No tag backs.

    Happy blogging!

  4. thefirst42 November 13, 2012 at 09:10 #

    This is a really cool idea! I bunch of those races are on my running bucket list too! can’t wait to see which other ones you choose! good luck!!

    • badblueduck November 29, 2012 at 19:16 #

      Thanks! Wish you all the best as well!

  5. AHM Committee January 22, 2013 at 05:21 #

    Hey Rachel, Great idea running coast-to-coast. Join us on Sunday, Oct. 27 at historic Marathon Park in Ashland MA for our 2nd annual half-marathon. Bill Rodgers runs our race which begins and ends where the first Boston Marathons began. You can run in the footsteps of legends and cross Massachusetts off your list at the same time.
    Hope you come,
    AHM committee

    • badblueduck January 23, 2013 at 16:28 #

      Sounds like a great opportunity! I will definetly look into it and see if I can get up there! Thanks for the heads up!

  6. Pam March 20, 2013 at 10:52 #

    I also live in Wilmington and started running a couple years ago. While you were busy running RnRUSA half marathon, I ran the Wrightsville Beach Quintiles Half Marathon. I enjoyed checking out your blog!

    • run50states March 31, 2013 at 06:16 #

      Thanks Pam! How was the Wrightsville Beach Quintiles run?

  7. Gracie Updyke May 15, 2013 at 20:14 #


    I really enjoyed your blog and I wanted to email you. I started a company in 2006 called Gracie’s Gear (www.graciesgearandtraining.com) where we sold sports bra’s and tanks to women with a patented zipper pouch. In 2008 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer and a few months following, my daughter developed an infection in her eye.
    Long story short, I was thrilled to come across your blog. I wanted to in-turn, share something I’m doing right now.

    I’m on Kickstarter trying to kickstart my company. My fight with cancer leaded me to shut my company down. But with the help of friends, fans, and family I’m trying to make a comeback.

    I hope you enjoy our video and maybe feel compelled to share.

    Thanks Rachel! Take Care,


    • run50states May 16, 2013 at 11:34 #

      Gracie, This sounds like a fabulous idea for a clothing line! I love the idea of having a bigger pocket in your top (opposed to the smaller ones in running skirts and shorts) and I love that you’re out of Raleigh! 🙂 You can email me at rihodges05@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you! – Rachel

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