The research group in which I participate put me up at a place called The Executive Inn in Oakland. It's a sorta 70's kind of place, popcorn ceilings, small rooms, older furnishings, but I can tell they are trying to update it. It was WAY better than the last place I stayed in Oakland!
Two things that made me forgive any and all other lodging shortcomings?
- Comfortable bed with nice sheets
- Awesome towels
OK...there ARE way worse things, but good sheets and towels make me much more forgiving... Also, this morning, I woke up to this:
|Me after a pretty pathetic 20 minute run, but it was better than nothing AND it put me over 20 miles for the week.|
On the way home, my conference BFF and I again had a glass of wine (or two) at the airport and I introduced her to the iPhone Ap "Words With Friends", which is both a HUMONGOUS TIME SUCK and WAY TOO MUCH FUN. Essentially, you play scrabble...Check this out!
|Yes! 80 points for FLUSH and OH. If you want to play me, you see my user name.|
For those who are new here, I have been known to review the fine merchandise available in the SkyMall...so many fascinating items that you didn't know you needed or wanted, and yet somebody must need and/or want them because somebody makes them.
This spring, there seem to be three main types of products available...
Self Improvement and Fitness
|Or you could combine the two...I mean who doesn't need a fit face?|
|Does this product make me look like a total ass?|
|Although truth be told, had I seen this product last spring, I might have bought them. Lord knows I spent plenty of money on other products to cure my PF (who knew that squats and lunges would be the thing that would really do the trick.|
|I swear, there were three other prodects like this, that put some sort of spring device in a shoe, so that people can regain that bounce in their step? I hear sex works too...|
|I don't even know what to say about this...other than it's the only one like it, do it must be worthwhile.|
|I'm mostly wondering how long the photographer had to stand around waiting for this shot...|
|I don't have pets, but would this even work? and if so, does it need to be labeled? wouldn't any old rock do?|
The important thing about the two glasses of wine in the airport, and the one on the plane (and, I'll admit, another when I got home) is that it made the SkyMall incredibly funny. However, I really paid for my over-consumption this morning when the alarm when off at 5:00am, and I dutifully got up (even though I REALLY didn't want to) because I was running with Betty.
This morning's SDTC run was almost the same run that Betty and I did on Monday...only farther. We started at Hospitality Point, ran through Ocean Beach to the end of Sunset Cliffs and back. The marathon trainers with the club ran between 18 and 20 miles on this run. BBJ was there. Some of the 1/2 marathon group ran 12 miles. By the time I got to the second water station (about 4.5 miles in), I decided that a 9 mile out and back was sufficient for this morning.
Yes, I was a wuss.
How did it ever happen that I consider a 9 mile run, sorta wussy?
Anyway, despite the somewhat queasy feeling I had at the beginning of the run, and that my legs felt like lead through most of the run, and that by the end of the run, I was REALLY HAPPY that I decided to run ONLY 9 miles, it was still a beautiful morning.
|Higher tide this morning than Monday afternoon.|
|Running along Sunset Cliffs|
|More pier...and an even higher tide|
|Fresh squeezed OJ and a fruit display!|
|This is what we got this time....Apparently there is a $1.00 version.|
A shout out goes to BBJ who ran 20 miles this morning in 3:15 (woot, woot!). You are going to have a great RnR marathon this year...I just know it!
Also another big congrats to Al, who ran the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon this morning.
Oh...and in one last tidbit, the herd (and various friends), sadly, did NOT get into the Nike Women's 1/2 Marathon again this year...((sigh and ah well))...
Hope you're all having a fabulous weekend. Good luck to all who are racing in the am.