Why, hello there! Sorry to leave you hanging after my marathon recap. Peter and I got back in town Tuesday night so, between the travel and trying to get back to everyday life, I have had more important things to handle. You know me, though. I couldn’t stay away for long. Especially when I needed to come by and say a huge THANK YOU for your congratulatory comments. I have a post-marathon thoughts post I plan to share, but it will have to wait until next week. Right now, I need to tell you all about the rest of the fun I had up in the Cleveland area!
Let’s back up first to Saturday.
When people would ask me where I planned to run my first marathon, I would get a lot of the same question when I said Cleveland. “But….WHY?” I certainly had my reasons. It worked well timing wise. I enjoy traveling for races and getting to see different cities. Peter & I had always wanted to have the fun you will see below. And, I knew Cleveland was home to quite a few of my blog pals.
photo courtesy of Julie
I had pizza the night before quite a few of my bigger mileage training runs and it worked well for me, so opted for it as my pre-race dinner. We dined at a local pizza spot that Alicia and Julie highly recommended called Angelos. It was really good! Peter and I shared a small with mushrooms, olives, onions, and pepperoni while chatting and hanging out for a couple hours before we all had to head our different directions. So great to see these ladies!
You all already know about Sunday and the marathon experience, so let’s move ahead to the rest of my trip.
One of the factors in choosing Cleveland? It was close to all of this…
Peter and I LOVE theme parks and roller coasters. We have both wanted to visit the Cedar Point amusement park for quite some time. We had to make it there…and we did. Walking around a theme park for 12 hours the day after running a marathon won’t be the most friendly thing to your legs, but it was soooooo worth it.
You just stop for stretching breaks through the day and it all works out.
After the race Sunday, we headed over to get checked in to the park’s hotel. We decided to stay on site to make it easier. Plus, it allowed early access to the park, which was really nice.
The first couple of hours, we had to deal with very little crowds and had the chance to ride a few of the main roller coasters with very little wait. By the middle of the day, things started to get more crowded. We stopped for some Subway for lunch (most expensive subway EVER – $23 for a footlong, bag of chips, and water to share).
Many of the bigger rides by that time had an hour plus wait time, so we took a pit stop to try to figure out a plan of attack for how to make the most of our time. As luck would have it, a nice couple noticed us sitting there and came up to us. At first we thought they wanted to see our map, but then they let us know they were leaving the park and didn’t want their “fast lane” passes to go to waste.
They just gave them to us to use for the rest of the day! How nice! And helpful. At first, we felt a little badly using them, but then realized they were our key to be able to ride everything in the only day we had at the park.
With those, we had the chance to ride all of the best rides quickly and easily.
Including two of the very BEST rides in the front row. Like this one called the Dragster that shoots you off to reach 120 miles per hour in less than 4 seconds so you can reach the top of this 400+ foot drop to zoom back straight down.
Talk about a THRILL! Peter and I rode it 3 times during the day and did the front row as our last ride of the day. When we reached the bottom, we looked at each other and busted out laughing. Apparently you get plastered with all the little bugs sitting in the front seat on that ride.
You don’t care about bug face when you’re having that much fun. We were so sad that the day had come to an end at that point. The park closed, so we grabbed dinner in the hotel and crashed for the night. The next morning it was time to head out. Although, I admit I was getting ready to come home. I missed Makenzie and Braedon!
When we got home, I scooped them up in my arms with the biggest hug and then looked up to see a special surprise that Makenzie wanted to give me to say how proud she was of me for my marathon.
She apparently wanted to get me the flowers and my mom and dad added on the cake and the card. I immediately got all emotional again. Without a doubt, I will never forget this past mini vacation!
Are you a fan of amusement parks and roller coasters? Are you often ready to come home after a certain time away on a trip?