Overall, though, I had a wonderful time and met some great people! This was my first trip to San Diego and won't be my last. Here's how my weekend started out...
Thursday was a cool day in Minnesota (38 degrees, brrr!) so I was glad to be headed to warmer temps. I dropped Liam off at Grandma & Grandpa's and headed toward the airport in Minneapolis. By the time I got to the airport, I was anxious and shaky.
This trip was a big deal for me. Going by myself? NOT something I would normally do. I generally hate to talk to people I don't know. I avoid calling people on the phone, complaining about anything, walking into a restaurant or bar first (I don't let my husband hold the door for me, I make him go first), or generally drawing attention to myself in front of people I don't know. This trip was a challenge to myself to come out my comfort zone and lose a little of my shyness. (On a related note, I also posted a video of me doing the "chubby bunny" on Team REv3's FB page. I'd say my attempts to be more outgoing are working!)
After arriving at the airport, I got checked in and waited in a LONG line to go through security. Because I was in the security check line for so long, the wait to board the plane wasn't long at all.
After an uneventful flight, I arrived in San Diego just in time for rush hour! I picked up my rental car and headed out to brave the traffic. I had to pick up my bib for the following day's race at Road Runner Sports. Boy, was that place a zoo! They had their Thursday night Fun Run going on at the same time and there were people everywhere!
I got in and out as quickly as I could and headed to the hotel. I didn't get lost, but I did have to turn around a couple times. I hate it when the name of the road in the GPS isn't the same as the name of the road on the sign!
After I checked in, priorities were set. The first thing I did was go looking for a grocery store and some wine! I originally went looking for Trader Joe's but found Von's instead. It was a perfectly acceptable substitute and I picked up some snacks, pre-race breakfast food, and a bottle of wine especially chosen for it's screw-off top!
|Also bought but not pictured: bananas, bagels, cream cheese & pears.|
After returning to the hotel, I was exhausted from my long day of travel and decided to just get room service so I could sit on my balcony and drink some of that wine. Supper was a delicious salmon with a pepita & cilantro crust with some sort of spicy sauce, grilled veggies, and Yukon Gold garlic mashed potatoes. I had ordered a house salad, which they forgot, not knowing that the veggies were going to be included. It was fine that they forgot it because there was plenty of food! I ate my supper, then sat on the balcony and enjoyed the cool (but still warmer than Minnesota!) air.
|San Diego skyline as seen from my balcony.|
|The balcony overlooked the pool and courtyard area.|
Stay tuned for: The Good: San Diego Day One, Heroes 5K