so what’s next?

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After crushing our marathon on Sunday, there was only one thing left to do – CELEBRATE! Dan and I have been running hard, eating healthy (he has done a better job of this than me), and staying focused, so after the race, we decided to live it up a little to make up for the fun times we missed out on during training. Dan was able to take off Sunday and Monday night, and I used vacation time for Monday and Tuesday. Let the marathon celebration commence!

Once we left Cleveland on Sunday, we headed to his parents’ house, where the Shandy was waiting on ice for us (thanks, Rick and Lori; you’re the best!). You could tell that they were super proud parents. It’s not every day that your son runs his first marathon, and you get to see it! After our visit, we went home and crashed hard. I honestly don’t remember much of Sunday because I slept most of it. Running a marathon will do that to you.

Monday was like our Saturday, so we made the most of it. I was pleasantly surprised at how well I felt the next morning. Aside from a little extra knee pain, I felt pretty awesome, relatively speaking. The fact I could actually climb stairs and sit down on the toilet without bracing myself was a huge accomplishment. It made me smile to know that we were well trained for the race. We got ready and hit up Crocker Park for some shopping and to help our legs recover. We planned on doing some kind of walking that day, and shopping while walking was just an added bonus.

After Crocker Park, we picked up Adrianna from school and took her out for a little treat. She had a music program scheduled that night, but, unfortunately, we were going to miss it. I wanted to make it up to her at least a little. A Happy Meal and Baskin Robbins did the trick, and she was super excited to have that time with just us. Every now and then it’s nice to pretend you’re an only child.

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Monday’s main event was the Indians game. Dan is a huge Detroit Tigers fan and baseball fan in general (and was an awesome pitcher from what I have been told), and when I found that out, I looked for tickets. The fact that Detroit was playing Cleveland the day after the marathon was perfect! I surprised him a few months back with Club Seats for the game and definitely I think I scored some serious girlfriend points with that gift. Although Detroit didn’t win (sorry, Dan), we still had a great time, and being able to see Brantley’s walk-off homer in extra innings was pretty sweet!

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Tigers

dan, the tigers background is for you…for me, go tribe!

Dan and Steph at Indians Game

gotta love the cheesy fan photos

The fun didn’t stop after the game. We hit up the Horseshoe Casino for a little gambling. I laugh at this because neither one of us are big gambler, so we each played $20 on the penny and nickel slots. It’s so much more fun to be able to play those than drop $20 on one hand at a table, and it’s still exciting when you win. Just see the look on my face when I won 200 credits (this translates to $2…high roller coming through!).

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this look is completely ridiculous

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You might be wondering what comes next for me in terms of running. Honestly, I am not the least bit burnt out, and I’m ready to get back to it. The marathon reenergized me, and instead of wanting to take time off, I want to get back to it. I know that Dan and I will run some shorter races this summer, and come fall, we have a full schedule. Since we both love half marathons, we have a few of those planned. We are already signed up to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland Half Marathon on October 11 (got a two-for-one deal because of running last year), and the next day, we are going to run the Towpath Marathon half to celebrate the race where we met. I’m doubly excited to run Towpath again with Dan, this time as his girlfriend, and because I can cross an item off of my running bucket list – running two half marathons in one weekend.

The very next weekend (October 19) brings us to the Columbus Marathon. Yes, that’s right, another marathon, and I’m pumped! I signed on to be a Children’s Champion to help raise money for life-saving treatments at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and my goal is to raise $1,000. I love being able to do something where I can make a difference in the lives of children in need, and my fundraising efforts start now. Please help me reach my goal by making a donation to the hospital. Go to my donation page, and click Give Now on the right side. Any donation that you are willing to make is greatly appreciated.

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3 responses »

  1. So cool to hear that you guys are still hungry for more! I feel the EXACT same way. When I was encountering some tough times on race day, I thought to myself, “How the heck am I going to do a full in the fall?”. However, once I crossed the finish line and saw the improvement in my time, I immediately started to get pumped for the Towpath Marathon in the fall. One of my community college classes didn’t fill and was cancelled, so I’m only teaching one class this summer in addition to my regular full-time job. My first thought was, “I can’t wait to fill all of this free time with marathon training and cross-training!” Sheila and I were talking about how we are going to work out our summer schedule and the idea of spending summer nights on the Towpath doing my long runs while she’s making beautiful handmade art in Ceramics II class got my heart pounding.

  2. So bummed knowing you’re running Columbus now! I really wanted to run that fall marathon but we have a family wedding the day before in Toledo. Darn!
    Sounds like you had a great time! I went to the game on Tuesday and was super sad that Tigers lost that one too 🙂

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