It was almost 15 years ago that I decided I needed a change. I was more than 100 pounds overweight and out of shape. A workaholic lawyer, I was more likely to stay up all night at the printer than to walk around the block.
2019 has been a bit of a down year exercise wise, with an injury preventing me from running for a couple of months and avoiding hills running or biking. (Pes ancerine bursitis / tendinitis, or as I say, either the bursa or the 3 tendons below the knee were awfully pissed off at me.)
And with my plan to finish a marathon in all 50 states in 2020, there was a lot of hand wringing over how to get the 50 states wrapped up, and, at the same time, over “what’s next?”
From the wide open spaces of Grangeville, our biking journey took us along the Lewis and Clark trail through the narrow canyons of the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers, over Lolo Pass and into the Bitterroot Valley to Missoula.
We had absolutely no internet or cell coverage in these narrow canyons, so it’s time to catch up!
To catch you up, I completed marathon 41, state 41 at Mt. Hood, Oregon in July. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been laser focused on completing all 50 states in spring of 2020 (perhaps “like a cow headed to the barn” is a better description.) But circumstances have led me to embark on the dumbest training plan in the world for my next marathon – the Chicago marathon.