After a long flight to Charleston, SC with a stop for a couple of hours in Gander, New Foundland (around where the Titanic went down. It is also a Canadian province.), I finally made it home on U.S. soil! I flew Space A, and if you don’t know what that is, check out my last trip via Space A. Basically, it is a free military flight service for active duty, dependents (I HATE that word, by the way. Spouses, children) living overseas, and retirees that goes wherever there is a military base with planes. The flight could change or be canceled at the last minute, and you have to ride in a C-17 with massive cargo, but, like I said, it’s FREE! So, no complaints here.
I ended up flying with one of my friends and her baby. We didn’t even know that the other one was trying to head back to the states until yesterday morning on facebook! She was thankful for the extra help carrying stuff. Do you know how much crap a parent has to carry with a 2 year old? A lot.
Here are some photos of the flight this time around:
I tore this photo out of a magazine on my Ryan Air flight to London b/c it was making the girls and I crack up! I brought it with me on the trip to the states to help me through some frustrating space A problems! Doesn’t that just make you laugh? haha. See, I can’t stop laughing now.
Anyway, we got into Charleston at around midnight, and ended up taking a taxi (which took 2 hours for it just to come pick us up) to the Residence Inn by Marriot. I bought my last minute ticket online to St. Pete, and passed out! I can’t buy one ahead of time b/c Space A is so unreliable. I slept good! I woke up and really wanted to get a run in before my flight to St. Pete. I only was able to get in one run this week so far! So, I woke up at 7 to eat, went back to bed until 8:30am, made myself get out of bed and utilized the hotel treadmill. I need to eat at least an hour before I run because I will start shaking if I don’t eat, and I will puke if I don’t wait an hour. Yes, I have a sensitive stomach.
Speaking of that, I painstakingly cranked out 6 miles of speedwork. It was not pretty, and it wasn’t 8 like I was supposed to do, but I didn’t get there in enough time. You do what you can, right? I was exhausted, but I feel so much better now that I did that this morning. There was a guy in the hotel gym with me who was on the elliptical. Around the last .5 mile when I was cooling down, my stomach started cramping.
Hotel Gym Embarrassing Story #1
CAUTION: TMI ALERT! I felt my bowels start to move. Oh god. I thought to myself. Let me just finish this. I managed to get through it and walked very calmly to pick up a towel to wipe off the treadmill. It was hot in there. The man followed me with his eyes in the mirror. My stomach started to lurch again. “Oh god. Oh god.” I whispered. The man looked concerned and asked, “Are you okay?”
“Um yeah, I’m fine.” I forced a smile out. Hold it in, hold it in! This was literally less than 5 minutes after I had felt the “runners runs”! I walked very calmly to the door, turned the handle, stepped outside, and ran down the hall as fast as I could, that is, until I saw people. Then, I walked very calmly smiling back at them trying not to look as though I might poo myself. As soon as they were out of sight, the running commenced. More people. More walking. No people. More running. It took everything in me not to grab my butt like a 5 year old does while running to the bathroom! haha Finally, I made it! How embarrassing! I haven’t had the “runners runs” in a while, and I was obviously surprised by them this morning! Those people probably thought that I looked like a freak with beads of sweat running down my very determined face. 😉 Yikes! But you gotta do, what you gotta do…do. ha. On the plus side, at least I’m not dealing with the constipation that usually accompanies me when I travel! Sorry, TMI again! I put #1, b/c I’m sure there will be more embarrassing stories like that. I know this because that is just how I roll…
I don’t know if I will be able to get my 20 miler in tomorrow, so that is why I did my hard thing today. It might just get pushed to Monday. We shall see. Plus, I am always a mess a couple of days after flying into the states from jetlag.
The first few things on my agenda after landing in St. Pete: Hug my In-Laws and find a Starbucks. Then, find some sushi that doesn’t cost $7 for one piece.
I’m hoping that I will be able to relax a little bit now that I am here. This has been the week from hell as far as my sleep is concerned. My mind has been racing b/c of everything going on in my life, and I can’t seem to calm it down. I also plan on hitting up my google reader! I’m sorry if I’m behind on commenting, but trust me, I’ve been busy! I think some beach time is in order!
It is good to be back!
P.S. If you have emailed me lately, and I didn’t get back to you, please email me again! I just found a bunch of emails that weren’t spam in my spam email folder!