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Jeff Parker
Just an average twenty-something guy trying to have not so average moments. Making the most of this thing called life.
Just an average twenty-something guy trying to have not so average moments. Making the most of this thing called life.
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Why I Ended My Running Streak
It was Fall 2010, and I was the heaviest I've ever been in my life.  So I started to run.  I made it a quarter mile.  But I went out again the next day.  And I kept trying.  I ran a mile.  I ran 2 miles. In December 2010, I ran my first 5K.  I was hooked.  ...

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So This is 30
Here I am... finally hitting the 30 mark!  Kristen and I spent an amazing 30th birthday weekend taking in the sights and sounds of the Super Bowl - catching some of the events and watching the big game on the big day with my favorite gal! So with that, my 3...

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#6 - Land a Flip
Ah yes, probably the list item I was most nervous about... I headed to Jump Street in Denver to attempt to accomplish this one. I got on the trampolines and just had to give it a go. The first several attempts, I didn't go around far enough and landed on my...

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#9 - Take My Family Out To Dinner
For the first time in 6 years, I made it back to Minnesota for Thanksgiving.  One of the big highlights of the time was taking my family out to dinner.  This may not seem like a big deal to most people, but it is to me.  With my parents always treating the ...

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#10 - Get Baptized
For a more complete backstory, read this post I wrote a while ago . After what seems like an eternity of going through my spiritual journey, I have decided to trust my heart and follow my faith, which is a journey I am happy to continue to pursue for the re...

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#25 - Rock Climbing
I put together a little work rendezvous to cross off this list item - with the weather about to tank for the year, I needed to get this done ASAP. The extent of my rock climbing experience came when I was in middle school/high school... on a wall... so sinc...

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#26 - Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
To celebrate 3 years with my beautiful Kristen, I decided to surprise her with something a little crazy, yet something we'd remember forever.  Despite my fear of heights, I've always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride, and this weekend, it happened! We ...

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#29 - Complete Something Off The "Life List"
When I was 17 years old, I wrote the first version of my "Life List" - things that I wanted to accomplish.  Over the years, that list has evolved, and I have crossed a bunch of things off of it.  Many of the things from my 30 Before 30 list are taken direct...

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A Journey of 1,000 Miles
"A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step" - Laozi Over the weekend, I just surpassed the 1,000 mile mark since I started running at the end of 2010.  Time to reflect on this milestone... The First Step I was finishing up grad school in Florida, a...

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#19 - Climb Combo 14ers
In Colorado there are 50+ peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation, and I've been fortunate enough to climb a couple of them.  So for my challenge, I wanted to do multiple in the same climb.  After some back and forth, we settled on the Democrat-Cameron-Lincoln-...
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