The title pretty much covers my trip to Asheville last week. It was an amazing trip, but it did not do any amazing things to my marathon training. (Didn’t quite derail it, but close…)
We drove down to Asheville via Chapel Hill. I went there for grad school, so wanted to take the kids there and show them the campus. Unfortunately, we hit awful traffic leaving at DC (note to self: on a summer Friday, always leave as early as possible), so it was close to dinner time by the time we arrived. I’d splurged and gotten us a suite at the gorgeous Franklin Inn (because we couldn’t afford it when I was a student. Oh, and I had an apartment LOL). They upgraded us to the Presidential Suite. It was amazing!
Saturday we drove the rest of the way to Asheville, with a short stop for lunch in Winston-Salem at the Foothills Brewing brewpub. I LOVE their Sexual Chocolate beer, but sadly they did not have it on tap.
The rest of the trip was uneventful and we got to the house we were renting. Yet another VRBO win!
The week was a crazy busy week.
We hiked to the highpoint of North Carolina.
We checked out a cave.
We hiked to the highpoint of Tennessee.
We enjoyed a Cherokee museum. We went white water rafting.
We climbed a crazy number of steps to get to Chimney Rock.
We hit 12 brewpubs in Asheville plus Oskar Blues in nearby Brevard. (Most of these were about a mile of hills away from our house, so I walked a lot of miles!)
In addition to all of the activities, I managed to run four decent length runs (6, 8, 6, and 7 miles) and one short run in the hills near the university. I had to take an extra rest day because my quads and calves were so sore from constantly being on hills, both when we were running and walking!
Saturday we began our trip home with a 6 hour drive through the mountains between Asheville and Roanoke. The ridiculously long curvy drive + carsick kid meant Saturday night margarita instead of Saturday night date with the hotel treadmill. Oh well.
We got home mid-day and I did all the usual unpacking and grocery shopping. I finally managed a run around 7:30pm. I forced myself out the door saying “you don’t have to go fast or far, you just have to go.” Thankfully, within a half mile I was happy to be out there and I did 3 x 1200 at a 9 minute pace for a total mileage of 4.5 miles. I did not want to run, but I’m so glad I did.
The week ahead is crazy with catching up on work, working at the library, and starting to get ready for the trip to Wisconsin that the boys and I are taking. It’s also time to get serious about running – jumping up to a 12 mile long run this week! This summer is just flying by!
How is your summer going? Have you gone on vacation someplace fun yet?