Once a year, we travel to the North Georgia mountains and cram a bunch of Fall festivities into one day. It’s been our family’s little day trip that we look forward to all year long. Mother Nature was certainly planning for a great weekend of fun too. The weather was crisp and cool in the morning and the afternoon warmed up to the high 60’s with no cloud in the sky.
Our first Saturday stop of our adventure took us to the North Georgia Apple Festival. Did you know Georgia is a huge producer of apples for the USA? The festival is full of crafts to buy, entertainment for the kids and quintessential fair junk food.
JP and I rode the train together…Choo Choo!
But his favorite part was the Apple Dumpling. He didn’t share much with me! I was trying to carb load for Sunday’s run, but he didn’t help me out much…
The one bite I got was amazing though…
After the festival, we drove to a family owned orchard called R&A Orchard. This is by far my favorite part of our trip! We grab bags of fresh apples, sweet potatoes and onions. You can pick your own too, but my theory is all of the good ones are already picked by the pros. I load up on tons of fresh produce that will last us a couple of months. It’s such a luxury to have so much fresh fruit and vegetables in the house!
Our final leg of the trip took us to Burt’s Farm. This is another family owned gem! It is requirement that the Stroh Family pumpkin comes from Burt’s every year. JP loved running around the patch between the pumpkins and even let us snap a few photos.
Every woman at the farm was wearing boots, jeans and a vest. I was rocking my typical athletic look though. Ya know– just in case I need to run randomly.
We took JP on his first hay ride at the patch to end our fantastic Fall day. Usually we add even more to our trip, but JP was starting the typical toddler behavior so we came home instead. I had to run 17 miles the next day and it seemed to be looming over me. I wanted to get home and prep for the morning.
Today was my first big day training day for the WDW Marathon. Jeff Galloway had 17 miles on the training calendar and it seemed a little daunting at first. I met with my friend, Kierstn, and we took advantage of the nice weather to run 3:1 intervals around town. The city of Woodstock, GA displays scarecrows for Halloween that are fun to run by. Anything to help pass the time, right?
Around mile 14 I had this not-so-brilliant idea of taking her to a nearby path that had a HUGE hill. That’s when I started to fade a bit. I switched my intervals to 1:1 and didn’t feel guilty for the extra walking. I just focused on one minute at a time and Kierstn helped to distract me.
When we had a quarter mile to go, I heard a voice say “Is that Fit Disney Mom?”. My husband came to surprise me with our son and dog! They watched me finish to 17 miles and gave me huge hug to end a great run. It made my day!
I feel pretty good today for running 17 miles and proud of myself. I can’t believe how far I’ve come in 3 years of running. I’m so glad the run went well today. I need that confidence for the marathon in January!