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visit all 50 states (read all 9 entries…)

Summer 2010:
Flew into Albuquerque, New Mexico (#44). Driving tour of the northern half of the state using the interstate and country roads. Stopped in Santa Fe and toured the Capitol then got back on the road and reached southern Colorado by dark. Colorado was a re-visit.
Day 2- took in all the scenery. Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and met an old college buddy in Golden.
Day 3- I-70 West through mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park, Coors Brewery Tour, drove up to Cheyenne, Wyoming (#45).
Day 4- left Cheyenne to traveled east to the first town in Nebraska (#46).
Spent the rest of my trip exploring Denver and flew back from there.
I only need Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho and Montana. I can finish the lower 48 this May by running the Coeur D’Alene marathon in Idaho and crossing into Montana.

visit all 50 states (read all 9 entries…)
STATE # 43

I stopped off in the town of Keokuk, Iowa.
Only 7 to go but it will take at least another 4 years.
Here’s what remains:
2009: fly to Denver (already been to CO) but can check off Wyoming and Nebraska easily and then it’s a long but scenic drive to New Mexico and I can fly home from Albuquerque
2010: run a marathon or half marathon in in Spokane, WA or Couere d’Alene, Idaho and drive to Missoula, Montana. I’ve been to WA but not ID or MT
Then, I need Alaska and Hawaii.

visit all 50 states (read all 9 entries…)
number 41 and number 42

flew into Minneapolis and drove to Fargo, North Dakota for a marathon.
This leaves only 8 to go:
I’ll need at least 5 separate trips to do this.

visit all 50 states (read all 9 entries…)
number 40

chalk up Wisconsin. On a trip to Chicago for the half-marathon, I took a drive to the Milwaukee area. I’ve now been to every state east of the Mississippi.
Need to see: Iowa, North Dakota, Minnesota, New Mexico, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii

run the Chicago Half Marathon (read all 2 entries…)
ran a PR in the rain

Time of 1:42:50 (PR by 1:06). Organization could have been better but the finishers medal was the best one that I’ve gotten so far.

run a half marathon in 1:45 (read all 3 entries…)
done in a time trial

52.5 laps on a track. Not the most exciting run but certainly an accurate 13.1 miler. Splits were all between 7:50-8:05 until the last mile, which was in 7:36. Overall time: 1:43:56
Hoping to beat it on race day.

run the Chicago Half Marathon (read all 2 entries…)
signed up today

I’m a go. It falls on my birthday too so I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.

visit all 50 states (read all 9 entries…)
up to 39 now

Flew into Vegas (revisit of NV). I didn’t do much there but did drive through Arizona on I-15. Yes, my feet did touch the ground and I checked out a small town. Then, I went to Zion and Bryce Canyon in Utah. I’ll certainly revisit Arizona as there’s much more to see there. The next two that I want to check off are Wyoming and Nebraska. Both are within easy reach of Denver, where a couple of my buddies live.

Beat my depression (read all 3 entries…)
check out my website

I’ve made incredible progress without any drugs or therapy and you can too. The problem may very well be with your body chemistry or neurotransmitters.
Go the the Flaws of Traditional Medicine section and if nothing else, read Part 5- Improper treatment for depression. There is also some info on the subject in the FAQ section.
My contact info is listed on my home page.
I never was suicidal but I used to get panic attacks so severe that I thought I would die and sometimes I hoped for it. I just wanted it to be quick and relatively painless.
As for my neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamine, adrenaline, glycine and GABA were all low so it’s no surprise that SSRIs didn’t help.
Above all, PLEASE do not harm yourself. Do not accept defeat. You can beat this!

visit all 50 states (read all 9 entries…)
a little about my experiences (west coast)

Washington: stayed over night in Vancouver(across the river from Portland, OR) and had dinner there. I do intend to return
Oregon- my favorite of the 3, good experience running my first marathon in Eugene. Also saw Mt. Hood and the Pacific coast after flying into Portland.
California: vacation with my parents when I was 14. rode from LA to SF and saw nice coastal scenery (Big Sur was most memorable)

visit all 50 states (read all 9 entries…)
a little about my experiences (northeast)

I’ll start with the New England states:
Maine-took US 1 from the border up to Portland and saw the coast and Kennebunkport along the way. Cool scenery with the large rocks on the beach but way too cold to swim.
New Hampshire: my favorite of the New England states. Saw part of the White mountains and toured the state capitol in Concord. Intereting town and enjoyed the tour guide as well
Vermont-stayed in Rutland for a night and went out for dinner there. Foliage driving tour through Green Mountains.
Massachusetts: Plymouth rock when very young, don’t remember much of it but it still counts. I will be back if I ever qualify for the Boston marathon.
Connecticut and Rhode Island-same trip as MA, remember very little but also will return and check it out if I’m ever in Boston again.
New York: Baseball HOF in Cooperstown, most of the state is very rural. Also been to Buffalo but not NYC.
Pennsylvania: Philly and Pittsburgh and a couple of smaller towns. Lots of history in Philly and Pitt has some nice sports stadiums and amusement parks.
New Jersey: inlaws lived in Trenton area, saw Princeton Univ.

get a better job (read all 2 entries…)
get me out of here

I have a damn MBA but no relevant experience. What these idiot employers don’t understand is that no college grad could EVER get in job in their field if everyone required experience. Although my job title is Accountant, my duties are data entry and proofing other people’s work (doesn’t count as experience). It has very little growth potential as well. I took the 2 required accounting classes to become a CPA candidate and have thus far gotten nowhere on my latest job search.

Pass the CPA exam
took 2 classes to become eligible

I finished Advanced Tax and Advanced Auditing last semester.
I’ll start studying for the actual exam in July.
I applied to several firms this May and have gotten nowhere. Maybe after I pass a section, I’ll get a decent job offer.

visit all 50 states (read all 9 entries…)
checked off 2 more

flew into Portland, OR for the Eugene marathon and got to see the Cascades and the Pacific coast. Stayed a night in Washington and went out for a meal.
37 down 13 to go.
Need to see the following:
3.Iowa-race or 3 hr. drive from Chicago, St. Louis
4.Wisconsin- 1 hr. from Chicago
5.Wyoming- close to Denver
6.Nebraska- close to Denver
7.New Mexico- fairly close to Grand Canyon and Denver
8. Arizona-see Grand Canyon
9. Utah- Zion, close to Grand Canyon
10.Montana- Spokane, WA to Missoula, MT
11. Idaho- Spokane to Missoula
12. North Dakota- Fargo marathon
13. Minnesota- Fargo marathon
I want to do this ASAP because the way gas prices are rising, it may soon be prohibitively expensive to do all that driving.

Run a marathon in under 4 hours
Eugene marathon

3:56:03 on my first try.

run a marathon (read all 7 entries…)
goal time achieved

Chip time of 3:56:03 in Eugene, OR. I can barely believe it myself. I’m at a loss for words right now but let’s just say that it’s a tremendous feeling of accomplishment.

run a marathon (read all 7 entries…)
next weekend is race day

Eugene, OR on 5/4. This also will bring me closer to another one of my goals: Visit all 50 states. I can chalk up Oregon and Washington, which will bring my total up to 37. I averaged about 40 miles/wk. during the hard phase of my training and almost all of it was faster than my planned 9:00 mile marathon pace. The goal is a 3:59. I’ll need to have close to my best stuff to do it but based on my training runs, I am capable. I’ll post again when it’s over.

run a half marathon in 1:45 (read all 3 entries…)
hit the wall

You need about an 8 minute mile pace to do this. I tried to do it in a time trial and was on pace through mile 11 then crashed. I passed 10 miles in 79:40 then slipped to an 8:15 pace. If only I could manage the last 2 miles in 16:00 but it was not to be. Mile 12 was 8:40 and 13 was over 9:00 but I still finished in 1:47 flat with only 1 day of rest. If completely fresh, I’ll bet that I could do it on a race day and I intend to try after I recover from my first marathon.

run a marathon (read all 7 entries…)
20 miler done

Another extremely positive step:
I had only been hoping to break 3 hours on this 20 mile time trial and I smashed the barrier, doing it in 2:51:30 (3:45 race pace). My goal to break 4 hours seems to be well within my reach. This time, I did not take any Red Bull during the run but did take 2 energy gels. The first one helped but I got cramps after the second one. Again, my calves were killing me when I finished and doubt that I could have gone another 10K at that pace. However, I took some Red Bull after the run and it wasn’t long before I felt better.
Race day: I’ll bring Red Bull and drink it at mile 16 or 18.

run a marathon (read all 7 entries…)
signed up

I chose the Eugene marathon on 5/4 over Fargo on 5/17. I’m ready for it now and am in the groove as far as training is concerned. I have another 3 weeks of hard training to go before I can start tapering. Please, no injury before then!
Recent training runs:
-18 miler in 2:36 (8:40 pace)and I felt well enough to run the next day.
- 8 mile time trial in 59:44 (7:28 pace) best time ever at that distance and only 2nd time under 1 hour.
- 20 mler upcoming this Saturday, hopefully under 3 hours.

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