2017 Columbus Marathon

Another half marathon in the books!  It was not pretty, I was not on my game but I was so glad that I did it.  I haven’t done this race in years (like 7 I think!) and it was VERY different than my first experience, mainly because it is now associated with  Nationwide Children’s hospital.  Each mile has a designated patient champaign where a child is there to give you a high five-so wonderful!!!  The entire event has such a great energy and running past that hospital with the children looking out the window really puts things in perspective.   Hard to run at times when thinking about all the children at the hospital-crying and running aren’t the best combination!  BUT it is still a great race to support.

I went to the expo on Saturday and volunteered at the Greater Columbus Sister Cities booth where they were giving away shoes for a hashtag event.  I got to talk to some of the other ambassadors–some from previous years and some that were going this year too but to Brazil.  We talked with expo goers about the organization and just hung out.  I have never done an expo before so it was a cool experience.  Also while I was there I stopped by the One Up Bands booth and met the owner Kirk for the first time face to face.  It was great to chat with him for a few minutes then I left so he could work.  Did you know I am the brand ambassador for them?  Check out my Facebook group for discounts and exclusives 🙂   Facebook Group One UP Bands VIP

So the morning of the race I rode with some of my running MRTT girls which is always fun.  I started with a few of them but took to my usual mentality and started WAY TOO FAST.  Sometimes this works for me but today was not the day.  I ended up walking a lot more than usual and I just felt off.   2 of the girls caught up to me and I knew this from a smack on my rear-end, scared the crap out of me!!!  I had my headphones in and wasn’t planning on being touched, let alone an aggressive love tap! We had a good laugh and of course payback is H*LL!!!! LOL

I realized I wasn’t getting a PR from the weekend before at the Brokeman’s Race so I just focused on finishing a bit better than I had in the past years.

At the turn off to finish the race there was a great group of MRTT girls including one of my besties so I stopped for a super quick hug and off to the finish!!!

Once I finished, getting out to the MRTT VIP tent was a bit crazy but I met up with the crew of ladies (plus one Hubby!) and ate some post race snacks–Pretzels and chips my fav!!!  No healthy food for me, I know-I just ran I should fuel my body but I can’t resist the salt!  And bananas haven’t been my friend in the past post race–EEK.


Also, check out the swag medal!  It was cool because it showed the same firework explosion as the start of the race.  So cool. Left is half and right is full, I love the idea of having 2 medals for the finish.


Again, I can’t say anything but awesome about this race.  I think next year I want to volunteer and support all the runners.  But who knows maybe I will run again 🙂


I am going to run in China!

I have been keeping this amazing secret in until it was announced but now I can share it all I want!  I have been selected to go to Hefei, China in November for their half marathon to represent the Columbus Marathon through Sister Cities Athlete Exchange.  I feel so honored to be a part of this experience and I am so Excited!

So how did this come about?  I can’t even say for sure how I found it, it was on an email or a FB post–can’t remember but I read the information and then talked to the hubby.  I told him about it and he was 100% on board so off I went to work on the application.   I really didn’t think I would get a spot but I was still really excited.  The questions were pretty basic, not like a physics exam or anything but they did take some thought but they were good questions.  Click link below to see the application: Sister Cities Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon Exchange 2017

So I worked on it on and off for about 2-3 days (I am crazy and re-read about 40 times!) and I sent it off.  Then of course, how it usually works I see a post on Facebook that they are having an information meeting 2 days after I sent in my application-LOL.  So I went to the meeting and it became real that this could possibly happen.  Past participants were there and they had such great stories about their experiences and the people at Sister Cities were great and the director of the Columbus Marathon was there and it was awesome to hear him speak.  It was pretty casual meeting but really informative, I left anxiously/cautiously excited.

We left for vacation right after the deadline and they said at the meeting they would notify 1-2 weeks after.  So I  was anxious every time my phone rang wondering if I would get a call.  So mid week we went to lunch and I didn’t bring my phone so of course, what happened?? I got the call!!!  I was so excited and nervous so while the boys swam in the pool (while it rained!!) I sat under the tiki bar to watch them and called them back.  She was super nice and asked a couple questions and then said, “So what are you doing November 12th?  We would like to invite you to join us in Hefei, China as an ambassador for the Columbus marathon”.  I didn’t hesitate and said, “yes!!! I would love to!”

SOOO that is how it went down, now stay posted on the rest of the adventure 🙂

Check out the Announcement Page:

Columbus Marathon Sister Cities Announcement

My Facebook Announcement Picture-Cheeseball!!!!