This post is a little late coming out. My apologies about that. But the thing is, when you run a half marathon without training... it takes a wee bit of a toll on your body. Haha. But really. Today is the first day since last Sunday that my back hasn't felt like I had slipped discs. It was p-r-e-t-t-y ugly there for a few days, and I was letting my inner Grandma shine through as I hobbled around at work.
So. Lets back up a few days!
Loads of fun. We stayed at our time share and we were thoroughly impressed! It had a full kitchen and laundry facilities in our suite, a jacuzzi tub, the most comfortable king sized bed, and it was south of the strip so it wasn't super busy around where we were! We were also a 5 minute drive from Whole Foods and a 10 minute drive from Trader Joes. Heaven I tell you. Pure heaven.
We actually had to buy a second suitcase so we could pack all of the food back into the country. We bought So Delicious Nog (so freaking good), International Delights COOKIE FLAVOR (I die.), 5 Salad Dressings (hah!) - 3 Goddess (my absolute favorite), a Buttermilk Ranch from Whole Foods, and a Creamy Hummus Dressing from TJ's. We also brought back some bars, lots of chocolate, and the best Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups ever created, also from TJ's. We also bought 4 jars of Biscoff Spread (the TJ's we went to sells out of Cookie Butter by 10am every day. That is pure madness.) and 1 jar of the chocolate swirled Cookie Butter. Also purchased: Nutzo and a plethora of Justin's Nut Butter packets.
We went to a Cirque du Soleil show - the new one at Aria called Zarkana. It is acrobatic focused and was really good. I think we both liked Ka better because we could actually follow the story line, but I am starting to think that Ka is the exception because I have now seen 4 Cirque Shows (Ka, Zarkana, Mystere, and Allegria) and Ka is the only one where I actually knew what was happening in the story line.
The weather was also PERFECT for running. Like gorgeous. Not too hot, not too windy. My absolute favorite running weather.
I guess like 30,000+ runners participated in the Rock'N'Roll on Sunday night. Thats pretty crazy.
I was heat 25 (there were over 30), so I had to wait about 45 minutes after the starting time until it was time to cross the finish line. The race was pretty well organized and there were lots of volunteers and spectators along most of the route.
My one complaint: I didn't pack GU, or buy any GU because it was advertised that they would be giving it away at the water stations. Um. Yeah. Never happened. So I covered 13.1 miles without any running fuel besides 2 cups of Gatorade and was feelin' the wall from about Mile 10 on. Up until that point though I felt REALLY good and I think my time would have been decent had I been able to fuel the race properly.
I basically walked 2 of the last 3 miles because I just didn't have anything left in me.
I finished in 2:48:08, which is my slowest time to date, but considering I walked about 30-35 minutes, I think I did a-ok.
What matters is: I finished and I got a pretty sweet (but heavy!) medal, which makes every race worth-while.
We went shopping in the Outlet malls on Sunday and drank Iced Almond Milk Lattes from Whole Foods one last time. We also ate at Panera which was fabulously fatty. I had the Broccoli Cheese Soup and Grilled Cheese with a side of Chocolate Chip Cookie. Worth it.
Got home Monday night to a fresh batch of snow. From +20 to -20 just like that. Sadness.
But! I did get a sick new tattoo!
I am getting it colored in 2.5 weeks, which I can hardly wait for. I won't lie, this tattoo hurt really bad. I was shaking during certain parts of it (the very highest leaves and the leaf closest to my right shoulder), but considering it took 2.5 hours, I didn't do too bad. It also turned out beautifully. I can't wait to see the finished product.
Why a skull with sunflowers? Its quite simple, actually.
Live a Sunny Life.
Talk to you soon!