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Friday, June 16, 2017

Hiking in Zion National Park

After my exciting, near death experience in the Grand Canyon, I really had to think about if I wanted to continue on with our plans to do some hiking in Zion 2 days later.
 Honestly, I was scared. And because I was scared, I knew I had to do it. I knew if I let the fear take over, it would cripple me. I did have thoughts going through my head that I just need to quit running and hiking, and just stay inside where it's safe.
I knew the only way to shut up those voices was to just do it. So that's what we did.

I had to convince Kristy that I would be ok. We took it very slow, lots of water breaks, and she wouldn't let me carry anything, not even my own water. She's so stubborn. ;)

The views were unbelievable! So stunning.


We hiked a total of 5 miles, on a few trails. 
The first one was Emerald Pools. We went down to the lower level, and then walked up to the 2nd level, then I wanted to go on up to the 3rd level as well. The views were worth it! (I didn't get many pictures, unfortunately)

Rocks we had to climb to get to the 3rd level

Our hike went great. I was disappointed we couldn't go on any 'difficult' hikes, but I knew I had to be smart about it. I was not going to take any chances.

This was a tunnel right through the mountain
 After our hike Kristy took me to a restaurant that she's been to many times, Wildcat Willie's. It was sooo good!

 We had a great hike, and I'm so glad we still went.


I've been home now for a little over a week, and haven't done any running yet. But that will change tomorrow; I'm going for a run! 

Again, I'm a little nervous. (The dr said I'm more susceptible to heat exhaustion again now that this has happened.) But I'll keep my water with me and be very careful. This will not stop me from doing what I love! 



  1. Beautiful views and I'm glad you were able to face your fear! I'm sure it's true of other sports/athletes, but runners seem to bounce back fairly well when hit with a setback. Bad run? no big deal and I'll try again tomorrow! DNF a race? well, poo ... but there are several other races to try! etc. :)

    1. You're exactly right! Going through things like this definitely make us stronger, seemingly in any situation, even like what you're going through. Thanks Elizabeth!

  2. Good for you. As long as you are diligent with your own self-care, you're going to excel in all things. You conquered your fears and the Grand Canyon. And that, my friend, is amazing!!

  3. Oh my silly friend I am not the stubborn one, that would be you lol. I just didn't want a repeat or worse since you were very susceptible at that point, so my stubbornness as you call it was just me with your best interests in mind.

    1. Haha! Oh I know that, I was totally joking! You were amazing.

  4. I haven't actually done any hiking in Zion National Park, but I've driven through it a few times and run in the area around it. It is spectacular! I'm so glad that you were able to enjoy some hiking so soon after the Grand Canyon. :)

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