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Grandma Gatewood Trail

February 17, 2018

Two weekends ago my friend Janine and I enjoyed a refreshing weekend of hiking, dining and relaxing in Hocking Hills. The goal for the trip was to complete the famous 12-mile Grandma Gatewood hike.

I met Janine shortly after moving to Columbus via Hike it Baby and we instantly connected over a passion for nature & hiking. As an added bonus our sons are only about a month apart in age and are quickly becoming best friends. Janine recommended a book to me about a famous Ohio hiker Emma Gatewood aka “Grandma Gatewood” who was the first woman, at the age of 67, to hike the Appalachian Trail. She was a true trail blazer who paved the way for the Grandma Gatewood Trail which is part of the larger Buckeye Trail. The book was  a very intriguing story. If you are interested here is the link to the book: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk.

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The Grandma Gatewood trail itself is a must in Ohio Hiking because it connects three of the top nature gems in the state:  Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls and Ash Cave. Naturally, after reading the book and about the trail we were both motivated to tackle the hike. Initially we thought we might try hiking the trail while baby toddler wearing, but after a couple of trial 5-6 miles hikes with the boys we realized that wasn’t going to work. They would get restless after a few miles and enjoyed making loud monkey noises for the entire. three. hours. At least we know they could scare any dangerous wildlife away!

Hocking hills is a great destination weekend from Columbus because it is only about an hour and 15 minutes away. Our weekend started off on Friday afternoon. We checked into the hotel and immediately bounded out for a short hike at Cantwell Cliffs before the sun set. I want to say this was my favorite and the most picturesque sight the whole weekend. After coming down the steps known as “Fat Woman’s Squeeze” you are immediately taken to a hollowed out cliff that looks like  a huge cave. The view was exquisite! We were happy to see a lot of the water was still frozen after a week of “warmer” temperatures as we wanted to see some frozen water falls the next day. After scoping out the cave we hiked the one mile loop around the area.

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature.” Romans 1:20

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Friday night we enjoyed an impressive spread of meat, cheese, wine, nuts, and to-die-for bread (from Dan the Baker). Since I was driving for the weekend Janine offered to handle all the food and she did not disappoint.

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We stayed at The Inn at Cedar Falls which was a cozy bed and breakfast nestled close to Cedar Falls. The property has several cottages, yurts and rooms as well as a spa and highly rated restaurant. Our room had a hummingbird theme and was stocked with hiking magazines, books, and a relaxing faux fire place. Breakfast was included in our stay and we were delighted to find out it was a menu style breakfast and not a buffet.
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Going into the weekend the weather predicted heavy rainfall all day for Saturday and upon waking in the morning the radar looked less than promising. We didn’t mind hiking in a little bit of drizzle, but weren’t looking to hike in the pouring rain with freezing temperatures. We decided to go ahead and pack up lunch and hiking gear and head to breakfast until sunrise to make an official game plan. We were a little discouraged by the forecast but we thought at worst case rain scenario we could drive around and at least explore Old Mans Cave, Ash Cave, and Cedar Falls.

After breakfast the skies held off so we went on our way. Long story short, even though it was supposed to pour for all 7 hours of our hike we hardly had any rain! It was amazing. We took off thinking we would just walk until we felt we needed to turn around, but ended up making it through all 13 miles and a stop for lunch without any heavy rain until the very last mile. We were so thankful and kind of in awe when we realized how fortunate we were. Later we admitted that we didn’t want to make a mention of the weather because neither of us wanted to jinx our luck.

We started out from the top of the Old Man’s Cave area and the view was immediately beautiful with views of  frozen falls and icicles. The gorge trail drops down to the Upper Falls area.  It has a large pool of water surrounded by cliffs called The Devils Bath Tub.

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We made our way through to Old Man’s cave. As a family we visited Old Man’s Cave for Mother’s Day, but with everything being frozen it provided such a different perspective. The trail takes you through a tight gorge with really neat rock walls,  hemlock trees and periods of steep steps past the Lower Falls which were still crystal clear blue and beautiful even though the skies were grey. I didn’t take any pictures in Old’s Man Cave or the lower falls because my hands were freezing. We stopped to put hand warmers in at the falls.

The prettiest and most enjoyable part of the hike was the 2.5 miles between Old Mans Cave and Cedar Falls. The trail takes you along the bank of the creek in between the creek and cliffs lined with trees. There were so many amazing ice formations and seasonal waterfalls to gaze at. This part of the hike took us the longest to complete as we had to climb over rocks and roots and stopped several times to enjoy the views.

We hit Cedar Falls around 11 am which is about the half way point of the out and back hike. Cedar Falls seemed to be the days most popular attraction because it was pretty crowded both on our way out and back. I snapped a photo on the way back. Rumor has it the falls were completely frozen the weeks before out hike.

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Grandma Gatewood’s Trail takes you from Cedar Falls to Ash Cave. Honestly the route was not marked super clearly and you have to cross the parking lot of the visitor center to jump on the trail which isn’t obviously marked. This part of the trail (about 2.5 miles) is known for being the most “boring,” but any day outside hiking is not a boring day in my book. The trail was dirt path which was very muddy after snow melting the days before. The trail goes along the forest service road and I can envision it being very beautiful in the fall when the leaves change.

Around 1 o’clock we landed at Ash Cave. It was stunning! I couldn’t believe how gigantic it was (it is the largest cave in the state). Views included many icicles, seasonal waterfalls, pigeons nesting in the cave, sand underneath the horseshoe shaped cave and a running water fall. We decided there was no better place to stop and enjoy the lunch we packed.

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The Grandma Gatewood Trail is an out and back trail so once we made it back to Cedar Falls we noticed there was a Gorge Overlook Trail we could take back to Old Man’s Cave that was about 3 miles so we decided to explore it on the way back for a different view. The trail itself was woodsy with a few inclines. It overlooked the creek that we previously hiked adjacent to, but you couldn’t really get close enough to the edge to see the water. We stumbled upon Rose Lake about halfway through the hike which was a nice surprise.

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We made it back to the car a little before 4 o’clock with enough time to shower and enjoy a drink at the hotel before our dinner reservations at 6. The hotel has a charming meeting area called the Gathering Place with a fireplace and games, like checkers and chess. It was the perfect place to rest our legs after hiking 13 miles all-in-all.

Our reservation was at the Kindred Spirits restaurant which is on site at the bed and breakfast. I was craving some soup and ended up with the seafood chowder and spinach salad. Both were excellent. The service at breakfast and dinner were also great. The staff was really friendly and one of the servers in the morning even told us about a helpful new app for Hocking Hills where you can download trail maps and park information.

 

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Secretly, I was trying to save room for Almond Croissants Janine had brought for dessert alongside Trader Joe’s Almond Sparkling Wine.

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To finish off the day I got my Yoga mat out to do some Yoga with Adrienne since I was on day 27 of a 30 day yoga challenge. Janine mentioned I was maybe a little crazy, but it did my legs some good.

The next day we set our alarms for 6 am so we could go check out one last site in the State Park, the Rock House. We got there right at Sunset. It was a bit of a foggy morning, but the hike to the Rock House is less than 1/2 a mile so it made for a short hike, but very neat destination. Because of the time of day it was hard to take pictures inside the “house.” It is an enormous tunnel over 200 ft. long. There were tons of pigeons in the cave cooing which, coupled with being the only people there at dawn, made it admittedly kind of creepy.

Shortly, we hiked back to head to breakfast and then enjoyed an hour massage at the spa before hitting the road back home to our boys.

It was overall a delightful weekend of activity, a little relaxing, great food and enjoyable company. We decided an annual hiking trip is definitely in order and as a goal we’d like to explore different parts of the Buckeye Trail.

I would love to hear about a great hiking trip you’ve been on.

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Weekend Adventures in Mt. Vernon

January 25, 2018

After a few weeks of cold and snow in the house  we were feeling ready to get out of the house this past weekend and we had a blast just being a bit spontaneous and exploring some new sites.

Friday morning started off with 7 icy miles with Lisa. Lisa asked if I wanted to do a “later” AM run at 7:15. I am always excited when someone wants to run with me in the daylight hours instead of headlamp hours so I happily obliged.

Later in the morning, Witten and I made a short trip out to Lancaster to have lunch with our friends and check out a well-known play place there that we had purchased a Groupon for a few months back. Lancaster is about 30 miles southeast of Columbus which makes it a perfect little day trip. In fact, we made it home in time to still squeeze in an afternoon toddler nap!

Not going to lie, the part of the day I was most excited for was lunch at  The Well. It is a charming restaurant located one block off Main Street in Lancaster. They had an adorable play area with a wooden tree house, kitchen, and books that kept the boys highly entertained and the staff was so welcoming to them. The menu boasts so many delicious, seasonal, and organic choices. Check it out! I feel like I need to visit seasonly to see what’s on the new menu each turn of the season.

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I had a hard time deciding what to get, but ultimately chose The Horsey Bowl and the winter tonic. The tonic was apple cider vinegar, orange, ginger, baobab, and stevia. I definitely plan on replicating this drink at home. Cheers!

 

After lunch we headed over to “AHA!- A Hands on Adventure” children’s museum which was in perfect walking distance from The Well. This play space did not disappoint. One thing I loved about the space was that it was multiple exhibits, but all in one open room which was great for keeping an eye on a wandering toddler. Sample exhibits included an art zone, fishing lake, bulldozer, fire truck, crane, lego table, vet office and Witten’s favorite, the water table.

Friday night when JJ got home we decided to go check out the 50% off and buy one get one free sale at Fleet Feet in Polaris and grab some dinner. Unfortunately I didn’t find any running shoes. It’s always tough to find sales when you wear the average shoe size! Dinner was at Molly Woo’s Asian Bistro. Honestly, the food was just okay, but I was there for the company of my boys.

Saturday morning I got in some cross training time on the elliptical then JJ suggested we take a trip out to Mt. Vernon, OH just to poke around and get out of the house. Mt. Vernon  is about 50 miles NW of Columbus, so it made for another perfect day trip.

First stop was Ariel Foundation Park which was a gem that JJ found looking for things to do in Mt. Vernon. The park is a 250-acre former glass-making factory that has architectural ruins of the factory, an observation tower, and other sculptures.

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As soon as we got to the park we spotted the observation tower and decided to make the trek up until we both realized how freakishly high up it actually was. You can see the ground beneath you with every step on the way to the top. With the slippery snow conditions and toddler in tow I was too nervous to go all the way to the top. I definitely want to revisit the park when its warmer with a goal of making it to the top of the tower.

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We spent a good hour and a half trekking through the snow and looking at the various sculptures and buildings, but I think the highlight for us Texas folks was enjoying being outside in the snow. I would love to go back and explore the park more thoroughly in the warmer months, it was a great find!

After the journey in the park we headed over to the town square to see what Mt. Vernon was all about. I have a love for small town squares and seeing a view of its history/foundation.

While making the drive through town we saw a sign for an Italian bakery and needed no convincing to pull into the spot right outside the front door. Oh man! This bakery had soooo many delicious looking treats it was hard to choose. JJ decided on a Texas Kolache which he said was so spicy and lived up to its name. I chose a cup of coffee and a Chocolate Caramel Macaroon which was like a Girl Scout cookie on steroids. It was seriously so. good. We also snatched a few samples of chocolates and a filled to order Canoli. Cookies for lunch? Witten definitely approved!

The bakery was called Ferrari  Baking Company. Turns out the owners were actually originally from Houston, TX so it was fun to make a little connection with them. It is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.

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Sunday morning I set off for my long run with a lovely group of ladies. The running community here in Columbus is so amazing and I absolutely love that I can always count of having someone to enjoy miles with.  I ended up doing about 8 miles with the group and 5 miles on my own because I needed to hurry back to get ready for church. It was nice to get a break from the crazy temperatures, but still enjoy the views of snow on the trail. There were a few crazy spots where I felt like I was doing hurdles, but I am completely soaking in these new experiences.

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The rest of Sunday was filled with church followed by our traditional lunch trip to Whole Foods, grocery shopping, yoga, and a little relaxing.

I have an exciting weekend of hiking in store this weekend and I can’t wait to share some pictures and experiences.

What fun have you been up to on the weekends? Have you had a lot of snow where you are at? There seems to be cold winter all over the US!

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Relishing in Rest

January 17, 2018

It was January 1, the first day of the new year and also Monday. Two days notorious for new beginnings and resolutions for hitting the gym. I woke up, poured myself a cup of coffee, read a devotional, browsed the internet for new recipes, and just relaxed before the rest of the family woke up. This seemed like odd behavior because I almost always get out of bed early to start my day off with exercise. It also seemed a little odd because this day marked day one of an 18 week training plan for Flying Pig. The plan was to rest and to delight in rest. Which also happened to be my “resolution,” or word for the New Year.

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REST. It seemed to be the reoccurring theme I found myself reading about, hearing about, or contemplating towards the end of 2017. In the midst of a year long bible study in Romans I kept finding myself thinking “This is a beautiful truth I can rest in.” It seemed like a strange conclusion given the first few chapters on wrath and sin would appear to be anything but restful at a glimpse.

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Shortly after I discovered a great podcast Sorta Awesome  and was so intrigued and motivated by the episode on Seeking Rest and Finding Delight. I would highly encourage any and everyone to listen to it. The episode is about practicing Sabbath, but not in the traditional strict “though shalt not do anything fun on Sunday” kind of way I know I used to think of Sabbath as. It talks about taking time for rest, renewal, and restoration. Whatever that means to you.

I have always found it hard to rest. I am an on-the-go kind of person; I have two modes: sleeping or moving. I not only forget (choose not) to take rest days from exercising, but I also have trouble just being and being present. I always find myself cleaning something or just walking stir crazy circles around the house feeling like theres something I should be doing something. So, it’s not surprising the word REST was brought to my attention so much.

This year I want to put rest into practice and truly relish in it. I plan to set aside time to put away my to-do or should-do lists and do whatever it is that sounds delightful that day. Naturally, whatever feels restoring to me in a particular moment may be ever-changing. It could be spending time with family, or spending time in solitude, reading a book, or taking a walk, making a nice meal, or having dinner with a friend, spending time in nature, or curling up indoors, doing some yoga or taking a complete rest day.

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I think putting rest into practice and  actually enjoying it will be a learning process. So far this January we have had a lot of snow and very cold weather in Ohio which has given me an opportunity to practice taking pleasure in rest. I have used this as an opportunity to just enjoy being at home indoors with my son and being present. We haven’t had a lot going on around us besides playing trucks, reading books, and venturing out to throw some snowballs. It actually feels really great to give myself permission to relax and relish in relaxation.

I have a feeling each season will bring its own definition of delight and rest and that sometimes I may have full days to devote to resting and sometimes I may only have few hours. We would all benefit from taking time to rest and just be present. We all need time to purposely refresh, cherish and celebrate the simple things in life.

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Things I’m Digging this Thursday

January 4, 2018

I woke up this morning thinking it was Friday for a hot minute and thinking the week just blew by. We got back from our Christmas trip to Texas last Friday which made the weekend of unpacking and organizing seem more like a Monday. Then New Years day felt more like a weekend than a Monday and THEN it felt like we had another Monday on Tuesday. Phew!

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It has been downright cold. It was in the 30s&40s when we visited Texas and I kept looking at the Columbus forecast calling for temps below zero and was feeling a little weary about going back home to temperatures I’d never experienced in my 32 years.  I kept saying out loud, “I don’t even know what negative 4 feels like!” Well, it feels freakin cold. Before we moved to Columbus I claimed that once you get below 20 degrees it all probably feels the same- cold is cold. Well I was wrong, the colder it is the colder it feels and it can keep feeling colder. Imagine that.

Another thing I’ve never experienced in my 32 years is all the SNOW! I am loving the snow. We got about 5-6 inches on Saturday. I’ve never seen that much snow in person. My little Texas soul was giddy to watch it coming down.  We played outside and I made my first snow angel ever and a pretty good sized snowman. Because it’s been so frigid, the snow has stayed on the ground all week. I love it!

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We had about a month where someone (or everyone) in our house was sick. It’s that tough time of year where you want to get out of the house to keep from going stir crazy, but there are so many germs out there because of cold and flu season. I have always been a fan of the Emergen-c Drink mixes, but discovered the gummies a few weeks ago.  The gummies are a great and actually pretty tasty way to get an extra dose of vitamins for cold and flu season. I’ve kept pretty healthy since I’ve been taking them and they’re a nice little afternoon pick me up that surprisingly curb an afternoon sweet tooth.

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Franklin Park Conservatory

This has been on our list of places to visit in Columbus since we moved here. Franklin Park is a conservatory and botanical garden with various plant and flower exhibits and artwork. A friend of mine texted me on Tuesday and asked if I wanted to go walk around the conservatory in the afternoon with our boys to get a little exercise and I jumped at the opportunity. It was truly beautiful and such a great place to get glimpse of greenery in the dead of winter. They still had their poinsettias, Christmas trees, and gingerbread houses on display so it was nice see one last sprinkle of Christmas.  We will definitely be going back to check out some of their activities and spring events.

Organizing

I don’t know if it’s from being indoors all day or just finally getting around to decluttering a bit after the holiday season, but I’ve been feeling the need for some organizing this week. Particularly the pantry and kitchen cabinets. Our pantry had been feeling messy and it was hard to see what was in there so I rearranged some of the larger items to the cabinets to make more room and parted with dishes  we weren’t  frequently using. If you know me, you know I don’t like to keep a lot of stuff we don’t use; I consider myself a bit of a minimalist around the house. I also quite enjoy putting a podcast in my earbuds and cleaning/organizing so I’ve been digging it this week.

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What things are making your world a little happier this week?

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I Used to Write a Blog

January 2, 2018

So I used to write a little blog here, but let’s just say it’s been a little while (6 years <—- WHOA, but who’s counting?) I did not realize it’d been so long until I just thought about it and counted the YEARS.

So let’s just cut to the chase and catch up. I started this blog shortly after I was a newlywed and over the last 6 years I’ve celebrated 7 years of marriage to my wonderful husband and we had the most amazing baby boy, Witten, who is not so much of a baby anymore at 2.5 years old. My husband and I bought our first house in our hometown of Houston and then a few years later we sold it to make a big move across (and very north of) the country in Columbus, OH.

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It has been almost a year that we’ve called Columbus home. I have absolutely loved living here and exploring a new city. Both JJ and I were born and raised in Houston and went to college there, so 2017 has truly been a year of adventure for our family. I am blessed to get to stay at home with my son and this city  had proved to be a great place to do so.

On the running front I’ve ran too many races to recount in the 6 years since I stopped blogging. I finally qualified for and ran Boston in 2014 which was AMAZING and I hope to one day run it again so I can soak in the experience more. Since having Witten in 2015 I’ve completed a couple half marathons, 5k’s and a series of 10 mile races. Beyond running I’ve found a passion for strength training, hiking, and yoga. This past year in 2017 I’d been dealing with a nagging injury which opened up the door even more to exploring different kinds of exercising which I’ve actually really enjoyed.

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I’m not really sure what my intentions are with the revival of my blog or how often/what I’ll post, but I thought it might be fun to pop in with an update and see what I might feel like writing.

Hope your New Year is off to a great start!

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Three Things Thursday Marathon Edition

January 19, 2012

First thing here, I finally FINALLY got a good marathon finisher photo except what is that big glop- sweat? snot? smack in the middle of my forehead?! Brightroom you are no better than Raceshots.

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Second thing, Being the math nerd I am I love the marathon finish stats the Houston Marathon provides. Way. too. cool.

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I felt like I was moving like molasses the last few miles, but I guess I wasn’t doing so bad.

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and just for kicks….

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Lastly, I owe a big big big thank you to Rachael. Rachael I don’t think I would have even made it through marathon training without you. You always seemed to be there for me when I needed someone to run with or complain about training to. I’m so glad we got to experience most of the marathon together Smile YOU ARE THE BEST!!

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That’s all I got! Goodnight,

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Chevron Houston Marathon 2012 Recap

January 18, 2012

Marathon #2 in the books!

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I’d say that’s a success.

I woke up Saturday morning to no alarm clock. I really debated going downtown early to watch Meb and Shalane kill it in the time trials, but I decided it’d be in my best interest to not make an early 45-minute trek downtown, sleep in, and walk as little as possible the day before the marathon.

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Rachael and I headed to the expo around 10 am and picked up our packets and some goodies. By goodies I mean ridiculously expensive headbands. Oh and Rachael’s 26.2 sticker Smile

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We had lunch at Panera Bread and chatted about how nervous/excited we were about the marathon. I don’t really recall what I did for the rest of Saturday besides finalize my marathon playlist on my iPod and make homemade pizza (my go-to pre race dinner).

Surprisingly I slept really well Saturday night. I almost forgot I was running a marathon until all my alarms when off at 4:15. I was so paranoid about waking up on time I set 3 alarms, anyone else do that?

I had no problems waking up due to my excitement and race-day adrenaline. I had my usual coffee, PB toast, and put on my carefully picked out race outfit.

I arrived at the George R. Brown at about 5:45 and promptly found Rachael. We checked our bags, found the port-a-potties, and headed to our corral. We ended up being able to line up at the very front of corral 2 which worked out in our favor. The weather was perfect and I was able to ditch my throw away sweats and gloves before the race even started.

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Everything went by in a blur and before we knew it the National Anthem was sung, the gun went off, and it was our corrals turn to go.

Pre-race Rachael and I had a race plan to try to maintain an 8:30 pace for the first 6 miles and see if we could increase our pace from there. I was all smiles (except for a slight mishap with the race course being mismarked and runners being unsure where to go) for the first few miles as the realization that I was finally here running the marathon I trained for for the last several months.

With some weaving and a few elbows here and there we were able to maintain an 8:30 pace for the first 6 miles pretty painlessly. My garmin was being kind of weird placing my pace all over the place from 7:45-9:30/mile, but at each mile marker I could gauge we were on target with pace. At mile 4 I spotted my Hubby which was a nice surprise I wasn’t expecting until mile 6.

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Miles just ticked by so quickly and I, pretty rapidly, determined I was feeling awesome (must have been the iPod playlist). I kept feeling myself speed up from miles 10-on once the half marathons had split from the full and just went with it. Rachael and I trucked along listening to our iPods (I’m probably the worst running companion as I made no conversation and didn’t want waste my energy talking- Sorry Rachael!).

The half mark came up pretty quick in around 1:50:27. Close to my PR-Woo!.  I saw hubby again at mile 14 and the worst hill of the course came (not many hills in Houston)which was pretty challenging. Once I passed that point I was still feeling great. I kept trekking along. Around mile 15 Rachael and I started getting a little farther apart and eventually we split up.

I was still feeling awesome through miles 16, 17 and 18. I was taking fuel (clif shot gels) every 4 miles and a cup of water from every aid station. 402093_10100440706497737_29608258_49894532_1192627195_n[1]

Around mile 19 the distance started to hit me. There were all of these random signs (I think they were advertisements for some supplements?) along the course that said “Welcome to the Wall” and “Are you Tired” which psychologically made me realize, um yes I was tired. I started to struggle to keep my pace up and mile 19 I slowed down to an 8:40 pace. I realized I was hot and tired around mile 20 and started to bargain with myself that I could certainly finish a 10k in 55 minutes (that seemed like an eternity). My stomach starting rejecting the sports gels after mile 16’s gel, and I grabbed some frozen grapes from a spectator at mile 20. Best. Thing. Ever.

Mile 20 is the part of the course where you start to see people fall apart. People begin to walk and cramp up and things can get scary. I told myself there was no way I was going to walk. My quads knees, ankles, toes, everything just didn’t want to move. I focused on just keeping a 9:00/mile pace and looked forward to seeing my Mother and Father in law waiting for me at mile 22. Let me tell you, seeing them was a boost I really really needed. Thank you guys for coming out to support me! Having family along the course is so encouraging and truly motivates you to keep going. 

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Someone handed me a bottle of water around mile 23 which was such a blessing (bless you whoever you are). I kept my 9 minute pace and at this point was just ready to be done.

I started thinking about all the people from home, friends, and family that had been cheering for me through Facebook, text messages, phones calls, and twitter and I used them as encouragement to not budge from my pace. I never walked once.

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Once I hit mile 25 and started to see the buildings of downtown approaching I started to get excited. Marathon #2- you are mine! I tried to pick up the pace but my legs felt like molasses from holding such a quick pace (for me) for the first 20 miles (8:25). I sure felt like I was sprinting.

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Making that left turn to face the finish line was just as exciting as the first time. In the final stretch I couldn’t see him, but I could hear my hubby yelling my name. I felt so accomplished and so relieved approaching that finish line. All that hard work: tempo runs, stress,  long runs, blood, sweat, tears, races that had disappointed me in the past, were behind me. No matter how hard it got approaching that finish line I never ever gave up.

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My final finishing time was 3:45:56! I beat my first marathon time by nearly 9 minutes. I left feeling like I couldn’t wait to run another marathon and motivated to improve my time even more!

Thanks for listening to my lengthy recap and thank you all of you who read my blog who always provide me with encouraging words of support and advice. You are all greatly appreciated and I don’t think I’d be as motivated without your support.

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