In Vermont

3 Oct

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Travel is a kind of transformational magic where the disorientation of being somewhere else can help you step out of your own skin. At least that's been my experience. . In Vermont I ran my first half marathon. I was dead last out of more than 200 runners but I finished under 3 hours (I am slow) after having only run a 5K before. You can see from the before and after pics how different in felt. . Sometimes I take on more than I think I can handle and surprise myself by just making it through. This was one of those cases — around mile 6 or 7 I didn't think finishing was possible but my coach wouldn't let me give up. I walked a lot and I pushed through back spasms and foot pain and exhaustion. But I made it. . There was also a tough but very rewarding hike up Camel's Hump, a beautiful kayak run, so much cheese and maple syrup and Ben & Jerry's ice cream and OMG the Alchemist beer. I'm not even a beer guy but Vermont has some beer magic happening. . It was beautiful and magical and memorable. And the weather and changing leaves: incredible. I'd like to visit again. . #vermont #halfmarathon #benandjerrys #travel #kayak #hiking

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Travel is a kind of transformational magic where the disorientation of being somewhere else can help you step out of your own skin. At least that’s been my experience.

In Vermont I ran my first half marathon. I was dead last out of more than 200 runners but I finished under 3 hours (I am slow) after having only run a 5K before. You can see from the before and after pics how different in felt.

Sometimes I take on more than I think I can handle and surprise myself by just making it through. This was one of those cases — around mile 6 or 7 I didn’t think finishing was possible but my coach wouldn’t let me give up. I walked a lot and I pushed through back spasms and foot pain and exhaustion. But I made it.

There was also a tough but very rewarding hike up Camel’s Hump, a beautiful kayak run, so much cheese and maple syrup and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and OMG the Alchemist beer. I’m not even a beer guy but Vermont has some beer magic happening.

It was beautiful and magical and memorable. And the weather and changing leaves: incredible. I’d like to visit again.