Taking a break from marathon training allows me to venture off to other things.
I rented a cabin from Aunt Bug’s over the Memorial Day weekend. The cabin was fully equipped and located off Parkway light #3 in Pigeon Forge.
After we settled in and drove to The Island, we spotted a Paula Deen restaurant. I loved her buffet at the Horseshoe Casino and this month old location did not disappoint.
Paula Deen’s serves family style dining which consists of 3 meat choices, 5 sides and dessert for the table. They will refill any item, but you are not allowed to take anything home.
If you plan to eat at Paula Deen’s, make sure you call ahead to get your name on a list. They do not take reservations. The food was so good that we went back the following night but the wait was 3 hours!
That lead us to Dick’s Last Resort restaurant. My friend Brandi referred me to this place where service is with sarcasm. The waitresses were entertaining. This one lady almost bumped into me and excused herself. This waitress was in my ear saying “She should’ve pushed ya!”
It was funny and so were some of their other antics. The food gets a big fat F. It’s overpriced, heat and serve food. Never again. They didn’t give us hats either.
Speaking of food, I would rank Big Daddy’s Pizza in my top 5 favorite pizza spots. You know it’s good when you go back a second time over the all the other places to chose from.
Onto the adventure side of things, the Mountain Coaster at light #2 in Gatlinburg was a nice thrill. Next time I want to ride at night.
The Big Wheel gave a good aerial view of Pigeon Forge.
I don’t know why we went in the tourist trap of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The exhibit diplays are outdated and need a remodel.
The only advantage was getting a deal on admission to the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The aquarium was awesome.
My favorite part about this road trip was making a left at light #8 and going into The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
I was joking when I said I wasn’t leaving the park until I saw a bear. Mama bear was hiding somewhere while her cub was lying in a tree.
A long weekend was the perfect getaway, but not enough time to do everything. I plan to white water raft and rent ATVs on the next trip.
Wait! It’s not over!
I looked on runningintheusa.com for a race and I found one 10 minutes from the cabin in Sevierville! It was the 2nd Annual Sevierville County High School Memorial Day 5k sponsored by DECA.
I wanted to win the overall female trophy. I checked the times from 2014 and a young lady named Haley won with a 21:54. My personal record is 21:44, so it was possible to out run her.
Everyone was so kind. A SCHS cross country Junior told me to save some for the end because there is an incline.
I wore some fresh out the box Brooks Glycerin 12s to replace the pair I tossed after the Derby Marathon.
The starting gun blasted at 8:06 a.m. under a sunny 75°. A pack of cross country students took the lead. Haley was up there and another female. I passed #2 and we exchanged motivational words.
There was no catching Miss Haley!
I finished 2nd overall woman and 12th overall. I smashed my 5k PR with a 20:59.
I met a lady from Delaware who was on vacation and found the race like I did. We were so giddy going up to get our medals. There was also a man from Colorado, so I’m not the only crazy one racing on vacays. 🙂