Wow, a whole year has spun by so quickly! Every time I plan out a vacation I keep hoping to speed up time so that we can get going and then in the blink of an eye it has passed us by and we’re back to our usual routines waiting anxiously for our next break.
For those of you that have been following this blog, I’ve neglected to fill you in on some of our recent runcations. And for that, I apologize. We’ve been on a few trips lately and before 2019 shows up, I should probably share some of them with you!
As you know, April was pretty tough on me. I was diagnosed with a stress reaction of the right metatarsal, which meant I walked all of the races (with the occasional hobbling run to try and get ahead). Eventually I healed enough to participate in the Marine Corps Historic Half in Fredricksburg, VA in May. What a wonderful city! So much history in one place! So many places to tour and learn more about our country’s rich history. Places such as the Hugh Mercer Apothecary, the Rising Sun Tavern (built by George Washington’s brother), and Mary Washington’s house (mother to George). And you must stop by Eileen’s Bakery and Cafe located inside a restored church. Best sandwich shop in town. We loved it so much, we ate there TWICE!
In July we ran in a local race in our hometown and I fell halfway and busted my knee. I still ran and finished, but it took a while to heal. (Sensing a pattern here?) By September I was starting to get a better grip on my running and ran another local race. This was one of my favorite races and the fastest one I had ever run. Last year. This time I was a bit slower. I believe at one point I was the LAST PERSON on the course. But I pushed through and didn’t finish dead last, but it was pretty close.
In late October we flew to DC so my husband could participate in his very first full marathon (26.2 miles!!) for the Marine Corps Marathon. I am so proud of him and still in awe of his race time. AND to cap it off, we still toured the National Cathedral the very next day! He even tackled STAIRS! He’s already talking about doing it again next year. I must make plans for that now! I ran the 10K at the same time that he did the full and I was able to meet him around mile 16-17 to cheer him on.
We absolutely LOVE going to DC. The ability to just take a train everywhere definitely makes it easy to sightsee. Things we made time for: National Mall, Smithsonian American Indian Museum, Archives of American Art (we spent 2 days here!), United States Botanic Garden, dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill (it’s our fave spot so we ALWAYS have one meal here), and of course the famous behind the scenes tour at the National Cathedral. What an impressive place. I could walk here for hours and be completely at peace. The architecture of the city is what I find absolutely fascinating. Just spectacular.
From DC we flew straight to DisneyWorld (again). We spent Halloween in Magic Kingdom! That was a lot of fun. We picked up our race packets on Thursday and managed to see all four parks during our stay multiple times. We participated in all three races during Wine and Dine. And even though I didn’t run my fastest, I was able to run!
We came home briefly (and I ended up flying back down a few days later for a work trip), before we drove back to Florida on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, we spent the holiday in a car driving 10+ hours. This time we participated in the Space Coast half marathon in Cocoa Beach. We had never been and wanted to see as much of the sights as we could before race day. We even managed a post Thanksgiving feast at our favorite Magic Kingdom restaurant, the Liberty Tree Tavern. It was about an hour’s drive from Cocoa Beach, so we thought, why not? We spent time on the beach, toured the Kennedy Space Center, and visited the Ron Jon Surf Shop where we had our photo taken with Surfin’ Santa himself!
Now we’ve been resting ever since and enjoying the holidays with our families. Soon we will be heading to Disney once more for another run related trip. This time my husband is participating in the Dopey Challenge! This means four back-to-back races (5K, 10K, half, and full marathon)! I will be participating in the 10K and what appears to be my final Disney half marathon (unless they bring back the races to Disneyland). Wish us luck!