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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!!