Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Between The Lines Stone Cottage Adventures

Fitness is something I am using to battle my insecurities over my last birthday.  THIS POST talks all about it.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic!

Something else that is helping is an awesome blog series from Katherine's Corner called

Between the Lines.
It's all about introducing bloggers over the age of 50 that you should be following.  I am so grateful to have squeaked into that category!  Katherine's blog is lovely and I am actually being featured there today!  I hope you'll visit  Katherine's Corner often and meet everyone else!  Many of the featured bloggers have been new to me and I definitely should be following them!

Cavanal Killer 8k
 Participating in the Warrior Dash was CRAZY fun, but it also showed my weakness for running up long sloping hills. 

Last obstacle of Warrior Dash Tulsa 2016

   My amazing friend, Angie, is quite a dedicated runner.  I asked her for help on hills.  She suggested we run the Cavanal Killer 8k in nearby Poteau, Oklahoma.  Yep!  That's 5 miles.  Straight.  Up.  A hill.

Wow!  Isn't Angie helpful?!  ;-)

Let me tell you.  The spectacular view is worth every single step!  You start getting glimpses of it around Mile Marker 3.  No wonder Poteau Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to come!  Cavanal Hill is beautiful!

Here are some race photos.

 A team of fire fighters, as well as police officers, completed the race in full gear.  I am embarrassed to admit I sometimes forget how much training goes into those professions.  What dedication!  Thank you to all service men and women!

Crossing the finish line in 1:19:16.  Out of about 1200 participants, my time was #97!  I went into the race knowing I was not prepared for running 5 miles straight up a hill.  I was hoping for 15 minute miles.  My average was just over 16 minutes.  That works!  What a hill!

Still standing!  Still smiling!

'Sending a huge "Thank You" to Miranda from Indiana who was kind enough to share her music with me!  What a great play list!  She and I happened to be going the same pace and had a nice visit as we moved along the steep coarse.  We have lots in common!

An even bigger "Thank You" to my amazing friend, Angie, who totally delivered on my request for help with hill work!  Wow!  She takes helping very seriously!  ;-)  LOL!

If you can make it to the Cavanal Killer 8k, GO!  It is sponsored by the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.  The event is very well organized with lots of aid stations.  They also have really sweet volunteers.

There were several motivational posters along the route which is really nice when you are slogging straight up the World's Highest Hill.  My favorite said,
"It's a hill.  Get over it!"

Here's something I learned from this race that you might find interesting.  Mountains are 2,000 feet and above.  Hills are 1,999 feet and below.  With Cavanal Hill being 1,999 feet, that makes it the World's Highest Hill.  Cool, huh?
;-)  -Marci

Remember to visit Katherine's Corner and meet these lovely bloggers!


  1. Hi Marci! I found you through the Between the Lines series. What a sweet little blog you have. I'm no a runner, in fact, my line is "If you see these legs running you better run too" I do spent a lot of time in the woods hiking though. I love nature and I love to travel. I have seem some amazing places!


    Carla a.k.a. Mrs. R

  2. Nice to meet you through Between the Lines. Following on Google!

  3. Wow! I'm impressed! The most I've done is a 5K in very FLAT Houston, TX! Good job!

  4. I am duly impressed! I am a walker. LOL Hello from week 5 of BTL. I am so enjoying meeting all of you fabulous ladies and I hope to know each of you better and become good friends along this blogging journey!
    :) gwingal

  5. Hello from the Over 50 Series at Katherine's Corner. I'm impressed and way to go! Up hill is tough. Now you'll be ready to take the next step - longer miles! Nice to meet you.

  6. Congrats on your race! I ran my first 5k at age 55. I turn 59 this summer!

  7. Wow what a race and view! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  8. I did not know hills were 1999 feet or so! Great job on the uphill!

  9. Wow Marci you are in tip top shape, The only thing I exercise is my fingers lately. And my bottom seems to be glued onto the chair. Congratulations on your feature over at Katherine's. And thank you for dropping by over at our party.

  10. Love this post and what courage and stamina you showed! Thanks for co-hosting and if you get a chance check out "Awesome Reasons to Eat Family Meals at Home" at Tues. with a Twist. Nancy A. @ obloggernewbie.blogspot.com

  11. Wow Marci, you impress the heck out of me! I ditto what Mary K. said about being glued to a chair and only exercising my fingers. Nice to meet you here in the Between The Lines series (finally catching up). Looking forward to following more of your adventures.
    Marie, The Interior Frugalista

  12. Well done! And love the motivational hill banner - true though :) Thanks for linking up to #PoCoLo

  13. Way to go Marci!!
    I did my first 5k (The Color Run),
    when I was 52..but up a hill...fantastic~
    Great pictures!

  14. Wow! What an accomplishment! Good for you, keep it up! I am in that category of over 50 bloggers. Sometimes I feel so old in a world of 20 and 30-something bloggers! thanks for stopping by Celebrate Your Story and sharing yours!

  15. So neat! What an accomplishment!


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