So here's the rough schedule of the trip. Leave on a Thursday morning at 5 a.m., driving 6 hours to Charlotte, NC. Board plane to Albuquerque, NM. Upon arrival, rent car and drive hour to Santa Fe, NM. Spend several days with family. Drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque and fly back to Charlotte. From Charlotte, drive 2 hours to mountain condo family is renting for ski vacation. Stay for several days, then drive 9 hours back to Jacksonville. Phew! We did this all in 9 days. But....we had a blast!
I've never seen snow (I know, I don't know how I got to be 26 without seeing snow either), so I got to experience my first snow in the mountains of Santa Fe, where we made a snowman. We had a great time with family and also go to do a little desert site-seeing. This was my first time in Santa Fe, so it was really interesting to see.
The running joke of the vacation is that I had never seen snow, so now I got to experience every facet of it. Turns out the "storm of 2010" was hitting Carolina, right where we were going, when we arrived. This meant lots of snowy, icy roads, a bit of a spin into a snowbank and overall major experience with snow, snow everywhere. This did make for great skiing though.
|Looking like a dork in my borrowed snow duds|
Santa also rocked my socks with a stocking full of Powerbar Gels, some comfy new slippers for my cold and post-run feet, and a beautiful necklace.
The downside of all this is my training. To say it has suffered is putting it mildly. I missed two weeks of running. And my marathon is in - gulp - 6 weeks. My longest run to date has been 16 miles. Oh yeah, and in the midst of all this, I'm moving house. I'm telling myself I'll be fine. I had a crappy run Saturday, but an awesome run last night. This weekend: 18 miles. Should be interesting. Here goes nothing!