Today I’m wrapping up a busy and epic week. I mean, any week that involves a visit to the White House has to be epic, right? Not only did I get to hear the First Lady Speak, I got to talk with Dominique Dawes!
I also got a selfie with a favorite RBF who I don’t see often enough.
After my day of White House visiting, I had to immediately start getting ready for a weekend away. With everything that I’d been up to (RNR DC expo, Capitol tour, RNR DC, soccer tournament, White House, etc.), we were completely out of clean clothes and we were leaving town on Friday! So, Wednesday became a whirlwind of laundry and trying to get in some work hours. Thankfully the day ended with a run and a beer.
Thursday was more of the same flavor of crazy: laundry, work, and packing. It’s amazing how much stuff four people need for a long weekend. Not to mention I was running a race and the weather called for 40 degree rain. I seriously packed all.the.layers.
Friday morning we hit the road pretty early, with a stop for lunch at Sidling Hill. The temps were ok, but the wind was CRAZY!
Finally we got to Charleston, WV and I picked up my packet for the UC half marathon. Then it was time to carbo load, because you know cheese fries and beer are the best night before a race fueling options. Or not. But I love that these days you can get a good craft beer just about anywhere!
Saturday morning I was up early to layer up and head to the race. I’ll share a full recap later, but I got super lucky and the rainstorm headed out just as we were starting. The end result was perfect running weather for a half marathon. While my race was not a PR, I did run faster than I had the previous weekend, finishing in 2:16:40. This was race/state number 9 of 23 in my quest for Mercury.
After the race, it was time to do a bit of sight seeing with the boys. We checked out some Hatfield and McCoy historic markers and then went to Matewan, home of the Matewan Massacre. Given Beer Geek’s love of history, no one should be surprised at these stops.
Sunday continued with a long drive that included various stops for some hiking, some amazing views, and, of course, opportunities to gather some new counties. We stayed off the Interstate for much of the drive and it was so interesting how different these parts of Virginia are from the area right near DC. There were definitely some reminders to my children of how lucky they really are.
Now I have a busy week ahead of me, trying to work and also do some fun things with the boys, since they are on Spring Break and Beer Geek needed to get back home for work.
Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for Tuesdays on the Run. This week’s topic is “Race shirt: wear it to the race or not?”