Wednesday, May 23, 2012


I'm back from the great state of Texas!

I was there for five days, so I'll share some highlights.

The reason:

I was there with a bunch of other teachers presenting about our school at a national conference.

I'm not that unprofessional, we agreed to wear our school t-shirt and jeans
for the presentation. Texas is casual.

The workouts: The timing for the trip was perfect, since I'd just finished my big race and wasn't training for anything. I figured I'd just enjoy the trip, and any exercise I got in would be a bonus.

Thursday: I rode the trainer for an easy hour in the morning before our flight, and called it good. When we got there though, my boss immediately grabbed a class schedule from the gym and somehow I ended up at boot camp. We started out with 12 wind sprints. That was the warmup. On the third or fourth, the attractive black guy leading the bootcamp asked me if I was a runner and told me he could tell because my legs looked like it. Then he told another girl to race me and she said I was too fast.

GAME ON. I was pretty much on cloud nine after that and practically enjoyed the torture. Turns out working out in Texas is amazing.

Friday turned out to be the day from hell, and I didn't have a minute to eat, much less work out.

Saturday I went for a run. I thought I'd explore Dallas, but it became apparently early on that our hotel was an oasis in a wasteland of bail bonds places, gentlemen's clubs, and other boarded up facilities. I braved it for about 3 miles until it dawned on me that the hotel had a jogging path for a reason. I did 5 more miles on the jogging track. It's less than a quarter mile. Good times.

Pretty, but short.

You get to run by elephants.

And a koi pond - I wanted to push Michael Scott in.

On Sunday I knew I couldn't handle just aimlessly running  a million loops around the jogging track so I turned it into a track workout. I did 8 X 800. I was aiming for sub 3:50, and got them all under 3:55. Sort of a fail, but I hadn't done speed work since February, so not too bad for an impromptu run after a night of drinking in Dallas. 

Tuesday - the world's slowest 5K and the first day of a new ab challenge, which Emily does a great job explaining.

The food and drinks:

Fact - food tastes better when it's paid for by the organization that you work for. 
I love pretty presentation.
Not as much as I love delicious dessert though.

Chocolate peanut butter bombe
I want another one

They didn't cover the booze but you really can't go wrong with a watermelon mojito with fresh watermelon AND fresh mint. Especially when you consume it at the pool bar.

No bikini pics, maybe if our ab challenge goes well. Actually, it still won't happen then,
so don't hold your breath.

The random:

On our first night out in Dallas, we asked the concierge to call us a cab to go downtown, and he told us for $5 a person we could take a limo instead! SOLD!

Friday night there was a reception for the conference. Long story short, I didn't really get to attend based on the aforementioned hell I was in, but I did run in briefly to grab some free tacos and hop on this bad boy. (You must sign a death waiver, and you're not allowed to wear shoes).

The Texans put bulls in fancy hotel conference rooms.

On Sunday, I took a quick shower after my run and went to the first session of the conference. I'd felt great on the run, but suddenly I got super nauseous (nope, still not preggers) and a fever and chills hit me and I spent the rest of the day Sunday and all day Monday in bed. I even had to miss the Diamonds and Denim Gala!

Now that I've been home for a day, it's time to unpack and repack - we are leaving for the Outer Banks on Friday! We are renting a huge house with five other couple friends, right on the beach. Plans include drinking all day, lying on the beach, and eating ice cream. How jealous are you?


  1. You lead such a privileged life jetting from one place to another. Teaching is so glamorous.

    I love the picture of you acting like a fitness model doing an ab workout. Almost as good as the Vanna White post next to the limo. There is just so much love here. I could totally see your runner's legs in that photo.

    It's too bad I wasn't there to help you with your seat on that bull. I have so many pointers. :)

  2. OK, the bull in the hotel ballroom is pretty funny! Have fun at the OBX!

  3. Seriously...that's a shit ton of working out as "bonus" working out. I would be lucky to get a couple walks in on vaca. I'm lame though.

  4. The limo and mojito both sound heavenly. That's pretty awesome that the hot boot camp guy called you out for being a runner!

  5. Fitting exercise in while traveling is tough. You are superwoman for sure! I want one of those watermelon drinks ASAP!

  6. Those comments from the bootcamp instructor would make my day too! Nice job doing 5 miles on the tiny jogging loop. I want that peanut butter dessert. And enjoy OBX - that sounds like a perfect long weekend!!

  7. And you are traveling again? Count me in as jealous! The chocolate peanut butter dessert looks amazing. Have a great time with your friends!

  8. Now a trip to the OBX? I am sounds wonderful!

    So cool that the bootcamp instructor called you out for being a runner. Awesome.

  9. I was going to get more margaritas for this weekend, but now I'm thinking watermelon mojitos sound better.

    I would have gone crazy on that jogging path. When I was at a conference in Orlando, they had a mile long path and it drove me batty running on it.

  10. You didn't take a picture of the hot instructor? I'm disappointed. You could have at least tried to take a sly camera shot. Outer Banks sounds like it's going to be amazing. Don't be surprised if I just randomly show up and want to be the 13th wheel in your group.


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