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Back In the States!!!

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.   DSC06025

Here are some photos of the flight this time around:DSC06030


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!  DSC06035 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!

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  • Abby February 28, 2010, 3:36 am

    oh my goodness that story is sooo funny! It’s amazing the embarrassing situations runners can get into. I’ve done some pretty crazy things because of runner’s runs!

    Glad you’re back safely! See you in 3 weeks!!

  • Natalie February 28, 2010, 7:19 am


    are you going to start looking at places for when y’all PCS?

    pssh, throw that 20 miler in on Monday and binge on all the starbucks and sushi you want too woman!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous February 28, 2010, 11:32 am

    OMG that story! You poor thing! I’m so jealous of you being in the US right now… wish I was back in Canada!! Have a great time and good luck getting thru the jetlag! You’ll be back to normal in a few days i’m sure.

  • Erica February 28, 2010, 4:10 pm

    hoooooooooooooooooooooooray for being in the States! I wish you were in Charleston for a bit more time- we could’ve hung out! Running always…uh gets me moving…so I can relate! It is MUCH better than the opposite! Enjoy your time here 🙂

  • Heather (Where's the Beach) February 28, 2010, 4:28 pm

    Glad to hear you made it to the States safely. Hope you have a fantastic time.

  • Cat February 28, 2010, 6:13 pm

    HAHAHA! I can soooo relate 🙂 I remember one time being a 1/2 mile from home. Thank goodness no one was the path near my house because I’m pretty sure I had saucer eyes & looked like I was hobbling down the path. And don’t get me started on stories from college running! haha
    Glad to hear you made it to the States safely!!

  • Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) February 28, 2010, 9:40 pm

    LOL. that’s an awesome story!

    Have a great time back in the US 🙂

  • LindsayRuns March 1, 2010, 3:50 am

    Glad you made it safely! I would have just sprinted down the hall anyways. Enjoy all your visits. 🙂

  • Charisa March 2, 2010, 1:28 am

    That picture is just awesome!! And your runners runs run story is making me laugh – we’ve all been there 🙂


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