Jetsetting Stop 3- New England

Last Friday I headed straight to the airport right after work for a weekend trip to see my best friend from high school, Caitlin, and to help her celebrate her upcoming wedding with the bridal shower and bachelorette party.  After being very diligent the entire week, getting up early to do my training sessions due to lots of evening conflicts, I was pooped and decided to switch my weekend running schedule around and rest on Friday instead of Sunday, which meant I had to run both Saturday and Sunday, something I was a little worried about with the trip being so short and a bachelorette party in the mix.  My flight left Dallas right around 7:00 PM and got into Boston at 11:30.  Caitlin’s parents arranged for a limo to pick me up at drive me the hour north to Brentwood, NH.  Getting to their house right around 1:00 AM, everyone was sound asleep so I slipped in, wrapped Caitlin’s bridal shower gift and headed to Caitlin’s old room to crash.

I set my alarm for 6:45 AM, which is 5:45 AM Dallas time so I could get up and do the 5 mile run before the bridal shower began.  Amazingly with lack of sleep all week long and a night of travels, it was pretty easy to get up.  I snuck out as quiet as I could.  Caitlin was still sound asleep.  I headed out debating between two runs that I mapped out for myself.  Having been long time friends with Caitlin, I’m pretty familiar with her neighborhood and the amount and speed of traffic.  The first run I mapped out was a 5 mile loop that went out onto a road with traffic going a little bit faster than if I just stuck with running in the neighborhood, which made up the second run I mapped out- doing two loops within her neighborhood.  Perhaps I’ve grown accustom to the high-speed traffic in Dallas that I was a little weary of running the first run I mapped out so I ended up doing the second run- two smaller loops.  I finished up in time to find Caitlin’s dad blowing the leaves in the driveway, getting ready for the guests to come.  Caitlin and her sister, Taryn, were in the kitchen when I walked in.  I resisted giving them both hugs due to the amount of sweat pouring off of me.  After catching up for a few minutes, I headed to take a shower and as I finished getting ready, the first guests started to show up.
Caitlin, Taryn, and their mom set up a beautiful buffet and I was very happy to eat after my run!  As the bridal shower went underway, we played a cute game where Caitlin had to guess how Peter, her fiance, responded to questions about Caitlin prior to the shower.  It made me wonder how Nick and I would do at that game!

After the shower ended, a group of us headed down to Foxwoods Casino in CT for the bachelorette party.  We were all pretty exhausted after the two and a half hour drive that we relaxed for a little while before our dinner reservation at 7:00 PM.  Caitlin picked out Craft Steak for dinner and it was quite yummy!  We had this amazing heirloom tomato salad.  I could have just eaten four portions of that for dinner and been happy.  We ended up sharing an array of side dishes and steak.  All in all, it was pretty tasty.  We ended up not even stepping foot in the casino portion of the MGM hotel that night.  Instead, we went to a bar in the hotel and danced and had a few drinks.  As it turned out, Caitlin, didn’t want to stay there too long and wanted to go back to the room, which I was happy to hear.  Obviously, it was Caitlin’s day, so I was more than happy to do whatever she wanted to do, but over the years I’ve become what Nick refers to as “Pumpkin Kimmie” right around 10:00 PM.  In other words, I get tired and fall asleep quickly.  I’ve been known to fall asleep on the couch during countless very entertaining movies.  On top of “Pumpkin Kimmie” I’m not much of a drinker any more.  I’m content with a glass of wine.  If I want a wild and crazy night, then I’ll have two glasses, three max.  Knowing that I had to get up in the morning and finish week three of training was another reason I was very  happy that Caitlin was ready to call it a night- running at 7:30 in the morning, tired and hung over isn’t my cup of tea.  At any rate, we all went back to Caitlin’s room and hung out there for an hour or so before we all turned in.

I got up bright and early Sunday morning and headed out for a 3.5 mile run.  I’m not familiar with Foxwoods or the surrounding area at all and debated finding the gym and hitting the treadmill, but the last time I ran on the treadmill was so miserable, that I opted to run outside instead.  This area ended up being very hilly, more hilly than my neighborhood that I’ve been running in lately, which I guess is good to mix things up, but it sure did slow me down.  I ended up finding a trail through the woods at the end of the hotels and casinos.  I haven’t done any trail running as of yet during my training, so this was a change of pace.  It was grey and dreary out, which I was hoping would keep me cool during the run, but as I hit a dead-end on the trail, it started to rain.  I turned around and headed back as the rain was picking up.  I came to a fork in the trail.  Not quite certain which way I came from, I stopped running and slightly started to panic, all while it was pouring out.  Luckily there was a sign close by and I was able to figure out which way I came from.   I found my way out of the woods and headed back to the hotel.  When I walked into the MGM, a security guard asked me if I had a good run.  I looked like a wet dog- It was a great run!  ha.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of that.

After I cleaned up, Caitlin, Taryn, and their mom and I grabbed some breakfast before parting ways.

Taryn drove me back to the Boston Airport.  I was hoping I could catch an earlier flight.  I was supposed to leave on the 4:30 flight, but wanted to see if I could get on the 3:30 flight.  Once I got through security, I checked the signs and the 3:30 flight was canceled, but the 2:30 flight was currently boarding.  I ran down to that gate and asked the lady at the counter if I could get on the flight.  She promptly told me that she was paying people to get off the flight.  A little bummed that I would be able to get home and see Nick earlier than expected, I headed to my gate.  Knowing that the 3:30 flight was canceled and the 2:30 flight was overbooked, I thought I would try my luck at giving up my seat for a voucher.  It worked!  I was the first one to volunteer and they gave me a $500 voucher plus a night at the Hyatt Harborside, and a meal voucher.  The only downfalls were that I wouldn’t be able to see Nick or go home until the end of the day on Monday and my flight was scheduled for 6:00 AM Monday morning.  In the end, I went straight to work from the airport- wearing the clothes I wore the day before- and was very happy to see Nick and Dr. Jackson that evening.  Although it was a short weekend getaway, I had a great time catching up with Caitlin and I’m looking forward to her wedding in a few weeks in destination #4- Cancun, Mexico!

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