Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Destination Run - Spokane, WA

Oh my goodness! Summer is going way. too. FAST!

Even with all of our weekend adventures this summer, I am happy to report that I haven't missed a long run! I've adjusted some mid-week runs here and there to accommodate my schedule, but the ones that count (long runs) have been going very well. 

After our visit to Penn State, we traveled to Spokane for a family wedding! It was my first time to WA and after a brief layover in Seattle, MarathonMike and I agreed that we want to go back! Don't be fooled. It wasn't the airport that got us, even though it was very nice. The views flying in were amazing and we want to check it all out someday. 

We got in on a Thursday and traveled to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho with our cousins for dinner. Cute little town with lots of shops and restaurants surrounding a beautiful lake. Highly recommend Crafted Tap House + Kitchen for drinks and dinner. Delicious! 

Most of the family was arriving on Friday, so Friday morning was the perfect time to go out for a long run. Our hotel was in a busier part of Spokane, so I apologize, but I don't have any pictures from my run because it was mostly sidewalks and road construction. Since I wasn't familiar with the area, I picked out a 3 mile loop from the hotel and ran it 4 times for 12 miles. Before our trip, running in MA was hot, sticky, and just plain awful. It was so refreshing to run in the cool, dry morning air. Great run, for sure!

That afternoon, MarathonMike and I traveled to downtown Spokane and walked all around Riverfront Park. Beautiful place with space to relax, walk, run, or bike. Plus, there was a merry-go-round, children's amusement park, a fountain, and a really cool running sculpture that celebrates the Bloomsday Run. So glad we got to see this part of Spokane! 

Of course, the whole point of our visit to Spokane was to celebrate the wedding of our cousin Ben to his beautiful bride, Katy. The ceremony was outdoors along the Little Spokane River with a barn reception and Huckleberry Pie for dessert. So much fun! And here's proof that MarathonMike and I clean up well. At least, I think so! 

Hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am! Even if it is going fast! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Destination Run - State College, PA

Happy belated 4th of July! 

MarathonMike and I traveled to State College to spend the holiday weekend with PSU friends from our college days. We got to town in time for the amazing fireworks display. Seriously, it's so good they show it on the TV! 

Waiting for the fireworks

The big "event" of the weekend was a bike ride for the boys and a run for the girls. This was great for me, because I needed to do 11 miles. Oh, did I mention? I signed up for the Hartford Marathon! So, a run in and around State College was exactly what I wanted to do! 

I did a couple miles on the Bellefonte Central Rail Trail... 

... a few miles along the golf course... 

... past beautiful Old Main...

... all the way over to the stadium... 

... with the big finish at the Creamery! Yum! 

We like to travel to State College about once a year. My last destination run on campus was two years ago, just before I started to train for my first marathon. Now, I'm training for #3! Unbelievable. 

Looking forward to more destination runs this summer! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Race Report - Ashland Trail Race 5K

Way, way back in June, I ran the Ashland Trail Race 5K at Ashland State Park. It was a beautiful day and a super fun experience. 

When I signed up for this race, I didn't know what to expect or what it would be like to actually run on trails. To me, trails were for hiking. And that alone can be challenging! Fortunately, my attempt at "running" on the trails was a success. Here's why: 

1. I did not trip. 
2. I did not get lost. 
3. I finished.


What's fun about running on trails is that you feel like you're on a mission. Like you're being chased. And the last thing you want to do is be tricked by the evil roots and rocks trying to take you down. You see, that's the difference between MarathonMike and I. When he runs on trails in the woods, it feels, and I quote, "Like you're running through the woods." Probably explains why he's much faster than weirdos like me... 

But, hey, I had fun! And I liked a new off-road running experience. It's good to mix it up every once in awhile. 

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