:: eye of the storm ::

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A 27-year-old PA student who wants to visit all seven continents, write a book, work at a pediatric clinic in Africa, and basically meet as many of the world's challenges as possible.

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Life List

(already accomplished)

Become a PA

Visit all 7 continents

Take a SwimTrek trip

Bike through Western Europe

Raft the Grand Canyon

Improve my Spanish proficiency

Go on safari in Africa

Trace my roots at Ellis Island

Vacation in Hawaii

Work on a hospital ship in a Third World country

Celebrate New Year's in Times Square

Visit all 50 states (29 to go: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY)

See the ruins at Pompeii

Swim in Capri's Blue Grotto

Tour Mt. Vesuvius

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Tour the Colosseum

Visit the D-Day beaches

See the Mona Lisa

Visit the palace at Versailles

See the Acropolis and Parthenon

See the Egyptian pyramids

Hike the Inca Trail

Walk El Camino Santiago

Take an Alaskan cruise

View the Taj Mahal at sunrise

Hike Table Mountain in South Africa

Climb through the Amazon canopy

Walk at least part of the Great Wall of China

Get laser hair removal

Learn to surf, ski, and snowboard

Learn to drive a stick-shift

Learn to play the piano

Go on a tropical cruise

Ride horseback on the beach

Ride in a hot air balloon

Get tickets to the Olympics

Go to adult Space Camp

Witness a shuttle launch from up close

Build a full-sized snowman

Sew a quilt out of my old race T-shirts

Update and continue my Life Scrapbook

Become the oldest person to ever do the River Run

Live to be a happy, healthy 100 years old - at least!

(unlikely dreams)

zondag 27 september 2009

I am SO pumped about the marathon I'm doing in February. The Marine Corps Marathon was fun last year, but I really think, now that I know what to expect, that this next one is going to blow that one out of the water. It's in my hometown, meaning I'll be sleeping at home with my parents (rather than in a hotel) and running past familiar sights, and part of the run is even right on the beach! Not only that, but I think I'm going to be able to do it a LOT faster than I did the last one. Now that I know how awesome it can be to use a pace group and a run-walk strategy (run 3 minutes, walk one minute -- wash, rinse, repeat :)), I think I'll be doing that from the get-go rather than stumbling into the group accidentally around mile 21 (as I did last year). My time last year was six hours flat, but I feel supremely confident that I can shave off a full hour this time around, if not more. Right now, I'm planning to start out with the 4:30 pace group, and that way I can slow down as needed to the 4:45 or 5:00 group, depending on how I'm feeling. Also, I'm planning to be around 20 pounds lighter than I was for the last marathon, which in and of itself should help me go a lot faster.

Which brings me to my next point... there are four weeks left of our Biggest Loser competition at work, and as far as I know, I'm still in the lead. I'm kind of at a plateau right now -- I was exactly the same weight at last week's weigh-in that I was the week before), but I'm still loving the way my clothes are fitting. I've been a size ten since high school, but I've been comfortably wearing an eight for the past couple of weeks, which is awesome. (Secret: I also tried on two pairs of Liz's jeans while she was gone -- size six -- and they both fit!) The final weigh-in is October 22nd, and I'm only six or seven pounds away from the goal I'd been aiming to hit by that date, so we'll see what happens.

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