Not in Boston Anymore. . .

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:

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After five hours on a plane (bless the pilot for getting us to Phoenix an hour early!) I arrived to find this:

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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.

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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:

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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.

Happy Sunday!

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  1. Kelly’s avatar

    Oh my gosh, your photos are gorgeous! I want to be there SO bad right now!!! It’s gotten even colder here since you left, terrible.

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    1. admin’s avatar

      We went on an amazing hike today, and there are so many good restaurants!

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    2. Abby’s avatar

      Looking at these pictures makes me want to cry!! It is so cold in Pittsburgh!!!!

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    3. Sook’s avatar

      I used to live by Scottsdale for two years and I loved it! I want to move there. :)

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      1. admin’s avatar

        I do like it here, but its too far from the ocean for me!

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      2. Lindsay Meyer’s avatar

        Scottsdale has the best resorts! Glad you are living life luxuriously ;-)

        Wishing it was in the 70′s here. 40′s in Napa tonight… brrr!

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        1. admin’s avatar

          Trust me, I would take chilly Napa over Scottsdale (and most other places!) any day! Hope you are having fun! :)

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        2. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite’s avatar

          Good for you Meghan – I am impressed with your dedication!

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        3. John’s avatar

          Wish I were in AZ, if even for a day. :0)
          Then again, with the way air travel is, maybe I’ll drive…
          Looking forward to some good recipes from AZ!

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        4. The Red Menace’s avatar

          Ugh, I hate hot weather running. But I love that you are making Red Cross donations today! While I try to comment whenever I think of something, I think that is a wonderful incentive. Thank you!

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