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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

State #40: Oregon, Columbia Gorge Marathon

I absolutely love Oregon.  I love the people, the mountains, the food, all of the green trees! It's a beautiful place.

I was really lucky to travel back to Oregon, I had previously attempted to run the full last year in Eugene, but I became really sick from electrolyte imbalance so I dropped to the half.  This time I was able to see Portland again and travel to another part of the state...the Columbia Gorge.  It was rainy almost the entire trip, but the beauty of the Gorge was unbelievable.  I felt like it was really special being there after the area continues to recover from fires.

The day before the marathon, I checked out some local wineries in Hood River, OR.  They were so good and everyone was so friendly.

At the start of the marathon, it was pretty chaotic, a bus broke down and the bus we took was late to the early start.  Everyone was a bit frantic.  We were bused to the top of a mountain.  It was so gorgeous running, the views were amazing.  I started to not feel well around mile 7.  The electrolyte imbalance kicked in again and I started to have stomach trouble.  I am not sure why this continues to happen to me, but I have an upcoming doctor's appointment and I hope to get some guidance or see a specialist.  I was running marathons without this issue for awhile, so it's really discouraging to have this happen during my last few races.  I ended up turning around at mile 7 and telling the volunteers and a race official what I was doing.  Overall, it didn't feel that great to turn around, but I had no other option.  I didn't want to end up in the hospital.  So I still covered more than 26.2 miles in the State of Oregon.  A really nice runner noticed that I was vomiting water after the race and she walked me to my rental car and made sure I was going to be okay.  I think that's one part of the running community that I love, we all care for each other...it's humanity.

My really good friend Alison Black and I talked and she gave me really helpful advice.  She told me this is my journey and I can decide how I want to finish it.  She told me that I make up the rules.  It put everything into perspective for me.  She just finished her 50th state in Maryland and it was so amazing and emotional to see her finish.  We have shared a bunch of states together and every trip has been fun.

So there you have it...this is my journey and I am setting the rules.  As I go on to finish the last 10 states, my goal is just to embrace it all and have fun.  I will listen to my body and do what my body tells me to do.  This is in memory of my dad and I know he doesn't want me to become sick from pushing it too hard or not listening to my body.  He is proud.  I am getting there and I am happy this journey is almost complete, but also discouraged as I mentioned previously.  My plan is to do half marathons and triathlons after I finish.

Thank you everyone for your support!
Mt. Hood

Bloody sock :(

Beautiful Mt. Hood



Portland with Mt. Hood in the background


"I don't know anything about this Portland.  I'm sure it's nice."  I am from the other Portland in Maine!



Columbia Gorge River



Monday, May 8, 2017

State #39: Wyoming, Casper Marathon

I flew into Denver, CO and Alison and I went to Rocky Mountain National Park which was absolutely beautiful.  I went to Casper with my friend Alison.  This one was horrible.  The heat and elevation made for a miserable marathon.  Overall, there's not much in the Casper area.  I am happy to move onto the next marathon!!





Sunday, November 20, 2016

State #38: North Carolina, Tobacco Road Marathon

I met up with my friends from Maine (Hobgoods) and Larry Wasson from Indiana for this marathon. It was Saint Patrick's Day weekend so we went to an Irish Pub for beers and Irish food.

I spent most of the marathon running with Eddie Vega and Larry.  I didn't feel good around miles 22-23, but did well considering I was sick for about 2-3 weeks before.  I ran this marathon with my friends Sarah and Ann Marie's names on my arm, they are true inspirations with medical conditions they are battling.  I looked at their names several times while running and they gave me strength.

I was really happy to get through this marathon and check off another state.  I will be taking the spring and summer to focus on training.  I plan to return to marathons in the fall and my plan is to hit state 40 in October.

I really appreciate everyone's support and I am really excited to only be 12 states away from my goal. 
Finish with Larry and Eddie

At Raleigh Airport
I woke up early to leave Boston!

Saint Patrick's Day lunch

Downtown Raleigh

NC State Capitol

NC State Capitol


Liana, Me, Jessie

Finishers!


Thursday, September 29, 2016

State #37: Missouri, Conservation Marathon

It always feels great to have another marathon behind me.  I didn't feel that great around miles 19-20 so I ended up walking the last few miles.  It was fun to join my friend Alison again on another marathon adventure. I am excited to be two marathons away from 40 states now! I cannot wait to count down.  I am looking forward to picking marathons and half marathons in the future and not repeating the states! It has been a tough journey, but an interesting and fun one so far.   

Springfield, MO was a little city with not much to do, but Alison and I found things to do! There is no place like home!!






State #36-Nebraska, Omaha Marathon

I wasn't too thrilled originally to travel to Nebraska. I didn't want to leave Boston! I met up and shared an AirBnb with my good friend Alison Black.

Alison and I did an early start which was an adventure.  The marathon was delayed because there was a shooting on the marathon course.  Thankfully, Alison and I missed the shooting, but the area in which it took place was an area that we were close to at the same time of the incident.

I enjoyed the marathon course and felt pretty good the last 3 miles.  The finish was inside of the TD Ameritrade baseball park which was really cool.

I really felt like my dad was with me during this marathon. Some of the street lights kept flickering on and off while running in the dark.  My dad used to tell me that he turned them on and off with his brain! LOL!

I also felt like my grandmother (dad's mother) was with me because I kept seeing so many beautiful monarch butterflies.

I am really grateful to have another state behind me.  This was my 38th full marathon.  I am getting closer to 40 states which makes me very excited.  Thanks everyone for your support.

TD Ameritrade Park (finished inside the stadium)

Old Market-downtown Omaha


Omaha Farmer's Market


Standing in two states at once!

Supporting NE!

Finished!

I caught Alison sliding down a 30ft slide!

Heartland of America Park

Friday, December 4, 2015

State #35: Arkansas, Little Rock Marathon

Little Rock is a neat little city. There are so many friendly people, many biking and running trails, and some good little cafes/restaurants.  I was able to re-connect with some of my Little Rock friends which was fun.

The Hobgood's and I stayed with each other, and Jessie and Liana both ran PR's! I was thankful to run the first 16 miles with my friend Larry Wasson from Indiana.  I did not feel good because of the heat and became sick.  I was happy to finish this one as each mile seemed to take longer as I became more sick.

We really earned our 3lb+ medals at the LR Marathon!!