Off to San Francisco for the weekend! I’m staying with my old high school friend Mike and we’re doing the Bay to Breakers 12K on Sunday, which should be a lot of fun. Chris says there are lots of hills in San Francisco, and has been training on hills a lot for the race. Me? Well, Central Park has a few small hills, but I’ve been doing most of my running on the West Side Highway now which is flat, flat, flat. It might be a bit of a rude awakening, but I hear that the Vermont City Marathon gets kind of hilly, so I’ll consider it preparation for that. Nothing like starting your hills trianing seven days before the marathon, right?
Last night, Mike called to firm up my arrival plans, and he mentioned that we will have to get some kind of costumes together, as apparently that is the thing to do for this race. He also mentioned that a lot of people run it naked, which I promptly vetoed. However, I found it interesting that my first thought was not that I don’t want people to see me naked, but that the bouncing and lack of support would slow me down. I have such a runner mentality! Anyway, I was kind of glad to hear that people run it naked, because I stayed in touch via e-mail with a runner I met at the Providence Half (yes, yes, race report coming eventually), and in his last e-mail to me he said, “Hopefully you will be fully clothed for the Bay to Breakers.” He definitely didn’t seem like a pervert, but that comment struck me as very odd. Now it all makes sense!
I’m on the flight right now, which is my favorite airline: JetBlue! My manager spent the cab ride over here trying to convince me that JetBlue has lots of problems, but I pointed out that they always rectify them in a more than generous way (case in point: how they gave me a voucher when I had an itty-bitty complain that didn’t matter). In general, I’m super impressed with their service. If anyone from JetBlue is reading this – Karen Sharp is a fantastic member of your staff, and provides fabulous customer service. (For regular readers, Karen Sharp is the manager who called me and gave me tons of info after my original questions). My only downside to this flight is that it’s 6 hours, and that I have someone next to me in the middle seat (standby passenger – originally it was empty). But JetBlue has the most space of any airplane in coach class, so I’m still totally comfortable, and the best part is the in-seat televisions. I plan to catch up on my Top Chef and Grey’s Anatomy during the flight.
Oh, one other downside. My manager and I have kind of a competition going to see who can travel to the best places each weekend. I was psyched because I finally thought I had him beat… until he booked a last minute flight to Barcelona! Jerk. Hopefully I’ll get to alternational travel soon, but for now I’m thrilled with Cali.
Happy Thursday everyone!