All settled in with my family in Arizona and got my run done after a long morning and afternoon of travel.
This morning started for me at 3:30 am when my alarm went off to get ready to leave for the airport. Painfully early but I actually woke up without any alarms because I was just so excited to go!
I got to the Cleveland airport at 4:45 and it was pretty much smooth sailing for me, which is rare, because my flights are almost always delay. Part of the ease of getting through everything was that I didn't check a bag because a very wise older sister told me that you never, ever check your race gear, EVER, PERIOD. Because if they lose it, you can't really replace it in time. I got to my gate after grabbing some Starbucks and settled in to wait to my flight. Disappointingly, the Hudson News Stand no longer carries Runners World, which is my go-to while travelling.
We boarded shortly after and I settled in for my long flight. Oh yeah, did I mention the only way for me to get from Ohio to Arizona was to connect through San Francisco?? Because that makes sense... After a long 5+ hour flight we touched down at the beautiful San Francisco airport. Seriously, that place is futuristic and gorgeously located between the bay and the mountains. The last hour of my flight was miserable as our row became incredibly warm and I was overheating and dehydrated because my bottle was empty and the flight attendants had to sit due to turbulance, plus I hadn't eaten much in the way of protein. By the time I was on the ground I could feel the lightheadedness start to set in. I grabbed my emergency Clif Bar that I always travel with, and used it to tide me over until I could grab real food.
I ended up meeting another runner from my Cleveland flight who was headed to San Diego to run a 100 miler. He and I walked to our connections together and discussed past races, training, running groups, running gear, and goals like we were old friends. I love meeting other runners because you have that instant connection. We wished each other well and good luck in our races and then I was off on a misson to refuel. I downed two 24oz water bottles in a manner of 10 minutes, so I guess I was dehydrated, and then filled up a third. I grabbed an asian chicken chopped salad (my fav :)) and headed to my gate. I popped on of my Nuun tabs in my water and between that and the salad I felt refueled and ready to go.
After about 45 mins of delays we took off and a short hour and a half later we landed in Phoenix. My parents grabbed me from the airport and we headed home to their house. Of course I quickly changed and was out for my scheduled run within a few minutes of getting home. How could I resist when it's 65 degrees here! Took an easy 3.5 mile spin around the golf course and soaked up some sun in the process.
After the run I got to head out to my favorite sushi bar out here. Looking to catch up with the family in the next few days and hopefully get in a shake out run with my sis! 3 short days before I look to tackle the Rock n' Roll Arizona half marathon for a big PR!