11 years in the making.

I have never been known for having a good memory. My older brother would get upset with me when he would start reminiscing about good ole days, and I couldn’t remember the slightest details. He can recall Christmases from when we were in diapers, road trips across the country, and what pizza toppings were on a pizza during a family movie night in 1996. Even if I exhaustively jog my memory, I come up with nothing.

My freshman year of college, I took Intro to Public Speaking. This was a required class, but I enjoyed it because it served as a sort of therapy for me. During this time in college, my parent’s had recently divorced and I was going through physical therapy for my ACL tear. It was a rough time for me to say the least, so I found solace in writing down and presenting my thoughts (I’m sure I was a wreck), but I remember one thing clearly:

In this class, I decided I was going to bungee jump at Victoria Falls.

Okay, let me back up a little.

One of my classmates was Zambian. She gave a speech about a fear that she overcame. That fear was bungee jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge. She described the fear, exhilaration, excitement, and adrenaline she experienced during her jump, and from that day on, I put bungee jumping at Victoria Falls on my bucket list.

One problem.

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In 2006, I had no clue where Zambia was even at. Let alone Victoria Falls. Was it in South America? Or an island off of Australia? As I told you before in a previous post, I’ve never been a traveller, so putting something on my bucket list was okay. I mean, if it happened it happened, and if not, it was a stretch goal after all.

In the years following college, I can’t say I actively devised a plan to achieve this bucket list item aside from pinning it on my Pinterest. When I moved to Namibia, I realized Victoria Falls wasn’t too far away.

So, last month I  found myself in Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe and Zambia are neighboring countries) to run in Victoria Falls marathon (I only ran (walked/jogged) the 7.5k fun run). During my weekend, I realized, this was my opportunity to fulfil a dream over a decade in the making. As soon as I checked into Shoestrings Backpackers, I booked my ticket to jump at Shearwater Bungee in Victoria Falls.

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On June 17, 2017, I was the 9th bungee jumper from Victoria Falls Bridge. All of the feelings my classmate described that day in 2006, were #allthefeels I experienced in my jump.

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What bucket list items do you want to fulfil? Wanna bungee jump at Victoria Falls?

Come visit me! I don’t think I’ll jump again, but I’ll watch.

❤ Krystal

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Glad to be back on track. Three weeks until my first marathon, and finally my Achilles is starting to feel a whole lot better. It’s pretty miserable sitting on the sidelines after putting in so much preparation. Reminded me a little of my senior year of collegiate soccer. I spent the entire summer getting into the best shape (until now) of my life, and right before my first scrimmage, I pulled my hamstring. But, I’m slowly learning that REST does a body good as well.

Achhhhooooo!!! Okay, so my leg is feeling better, but Friday morning came the wrath of allergy attack. I could barely even hold my eyes open. Although, I’m feeling better today, I just feel exhausted after my run. Not getting enough oxygen, I’m sure. I slept through my training run yesterday promising myself to get up and go today on my own. This was a little daunting for me to attempt, since the most I’ve ever run on my own has probably only been about 7 or 8 miles. I told myself, I won’t be “running with” anyone during my race, so better get prepared now.

I set of towards a lake near my house. It’s a 2 mile run to a wildlife trail and from there about 1/2 mile to the lake. So, it was the perfect distance for my 12 miler today. Actually, it’s almost 13 miles, but I walked the last mile 🙂 It’s nice to run through the nature trail. Of course, I’m a big scaredy-cat! Although, I love observing nature from afar or the zoo, or the Discovery Channel, I don’t like them being in reaching distances from me. I just don’t know how I would explain a weekend goose attack or hawk pecking. The course brought my down a small portion of Route 66- The Mother Road. Something is really cool to me about being able to run down Rt. 66. I dunno. It’s such a big part of American History and transit system. A piece of it lies within running distances from my house!!! “Oklahoma City looks oh so pretty!” Had to throw in a Route 66 lyric (My older followers aka Dad, will appreciate that.)

Week 13 & 14
Week 13:
April 2- 8.00 mile bike
April 7- 5.65 mile run

Week 13 mileage total: 13.65 miles

Week 14:
April 9- 3.00 mile run
April 10- 6.25 mile run
April 12- 12.90 mile bike
April 13- 1.00 mile run (warm-up, I’m making up for lost time)
April 14- 12.01 mile run

Week 14 mileage total: 35.16 miles

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Also, on my run today I overheard a cyclist mention that running a marathon is on his bucket list as they zoomed passed me on their bikes. Good thing, I seem to have impeccable hearing, because my sight is failing me daily. It got me thinking. Maybe, just maybe, I should create a bucket list. I surely don’t think I would consider running a marathon as a bucket list item, because to me it seems like anyone to could do it if they just tried. Maybe, I’m just becoming one of those people. You know? One of those people that have set my mind to accomplish something, so I volunteer as the over peppy cheerleader for everyone else. So, here’s a rough draft of some things on my bucket list.

– Compete in a 1/2 Ironman distance triathlon
– Own and operate a successful business
– Go to Disney World
– See all 50 States (been to several states growing up, but never really took it in)
– Hike up a mountain
– See and swim near a waterfall
– Run to another city and back
– Learn and master a new fitness routine
– Travel all of Route 66
– Re-learn French and have a conversation with someone
– Stay in a hostel (At least once. My friend does this all the time, and she’s still alive)
– Travel to a different city and just go with the flow. (I freak out without an itinerary)
– Go to Hawaii
– Go back to school and study something I love
– Own my home
– Compete in 5 Cowtown marathons or half-marathons to complete my Texas star

This is just the beginning.

What are some things on your bucket list? What are some things you’ve already crossed off your list?