Saturday, April 7, 2012

and i ran, i ran so far away (part I)

Life has been absurdly busy, but in the best possible way. I got back on Wednesday morning (red eye, UGH) after five days on the west coast for the LUNA Chix Summit as well as some serious wine tasting/drinking in Santa Rosa. Let me tell you, reality sort of sucks after a vacation, even a short one. It was a jam-packed trip, so it may take a couple of entries to rehash it all.

Ashley and I flew out on Thursday morning on a long, but uneventful flight. I don't think that I stopped eating for the entire six hours, except for the small amount of time when I napped. But really, that's not all that surprising. And not shockingly, we were starved when we arrived at the hotel in Berkeley. The first thing i did upon arrival? Eat a burrito the size of my face. Obviously. Followed by climbing trees around the Cal campus. I guess I had some extra calories to burn.

On Friday morning, I crashed the new leader breakfast and then left Ashley to learn all of the new leader things (sounds official, right?). As a returning leader from the team, I didn't have to attend the training. I relaxed for a while around the hotel and then decided to go on a run to explore the Berkeley Marina. There must be something about the West Coast air, because I ran 3.5 miles at a 9:04 pace which is way fast for me. It wasn't the best weather, but who can complain when they're wearing crops and a t-shirt on a run at the end of March?

Friday evening we were hosted for a dinner at Clif headquarters. The food was AMAZING. I'm so used to greasy banquet food but everything they served was so fresh and delicious. We got to hear from Jeanne Rizzo of the Breast Cancer Fund, who was inspiring as always. The LUNA Chix are active in their respective communities, but we also raise money for the BCF. In case you don't know, the Breast Cancer Fund is NOT the same as the Komen group (thankfully!). Their goal is to "expose and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer". I love being a part of something so wonderful.

We were up bright and early morning for a speed workout. The fun part had to be the horizontal rain. Oh, actually that wasn't fun at all. The coaches ended up shortening our run, which is disappointing but not surprising considering the weather. We did a tempo run that was based on time, not distance. I've only ever done workouts like this on the treadmill, so it was nice to see how it would translate out on the road. We were told to pick a pace that was between 5k and half marathon - and I ended up with about a 9:30 pace after all was said and done. We did a pyramid My fellow Luna Chix friend, Danielle, explained the workout perfectly on her blog, and you can see it here.

I took the hottest shower that my body could handle, and then we all grabbed a hot lunch and made our way into the ballroom for a nutrition clinic followed by a class on how to strength train without weights. Dinner was another delicious buffet followed by a performance by an improv group. I volunteered to go on stage and my task was that when the microphone was pointed in my direction, I had to say the first word that came to my head. That word may or may not have been "testicles", to which the improv lady said to me (not into the microphone) "It's okay, you don't have to try to be funny. Just be normal". Sweet. Well, at least I got some LUNA arm warmers, right? There was also a photo booth with tons of props.

On Sunday morning I dragged my exhausted ass out of bed for breakfast, 7:00am yoga, a short chair massage and then finally a 6.5 mile run around the marina. I ran most of the way with my friend Alicia, whom I'd met at summit last year. We had a really fun, relaxing run that ended up being a 10:35 pace. Not too shabby after running the two days before. I can't even remember the last time I ran three days in a row. After a quick shower and lunch, it was unfortunately time to go.

All in all, it was an amazing, informative and active weekend! I met some really great people and I can't wait for summit 2013. Next up.. wino-ing our way through Santa Rosa!

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