Hi everyone! I hope you have enjoyed the two guest posts I have posted so far. Arizona is soooo warm and dry! What a difference from Boston. On Friday morning I left this:
After five hours on a plane (bless the pilot for getting us to Phoenix an hour early!) I arrived to find this:
After a quick cab ride, we were at our resort in Scottsdale. More on that later. Because we got in so early, I was able to move my long run from Sunday to Friday, allowing me to go on the group hike in the desert on Sunday. I set out from the hotel with a little map and hope that I would be okay with such a dramatic climate change.
I won’t lie. It was rough. I am not a hot weather runner. I may complain about the cold, but I would rather run in 35 degrees than 70 any day I just bundle up and end up taking off layers. Running in Arizona, I was in shorts and a tank top and was hot. That kind of hot where my hands swell up and I feel a little nauseous. As a result, I walked a little more than normal. No point in making myself sick or injured over one run.
Part of the route that I took brought me through a golf course, and was I ever happy to see this:
I know, it was for golfers, not for me, but I had a few small cups on my way out and then on my way back again. I think it saved the run!
Overall I spent 2.5 hours on the move, some walking, some running, all sweating and hands swelling.
I haven’t been taking many food photos, but last night I had a mountain of roasted red peppers with spinach artichoke dip, salmon, and a variety of salads including a shrimp and rice salad and a Nicoise salad with lots of olives and haricots verts. I also got to drink the Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc I chose for the reception. More on my AZ food later. There has been LOTS of it . . .
I was happy to get the long run over with, and even though it wasn’t great, I am quite proud of being able to get off of a long flight and to start running right away.
I will be back as soon as I can with full food and wine recaps, plus coverage of my desert hike.