Star Wars Half Weekend Highlights Day 1 & 2

Finally back from California and have some time to write. I’ve been super busy at work and for some reason the 2 hour time difference really hit me hard.

A couple highlights from my trip:

Wednesday: Super early flight. American Airlines cancelled my original flight,then changed the time of my next flight. 5:45 am flights are early morning wake ups. I had a layover in Dallas, then it was off to Santa Anna airport.

While waiting for my friend that I was staying with to get off work, I headed over to Huntington Beach. IMG_5300[1]Such a gorgeous sunny day. Thankfully this nice weather stayed the whole trip. Grabbed a sandwich and sat on the beach and relaxed.

Thursday I headed to the expo first thing to pick up my bib and race merchandise. I arrived about an hour before it opened and there were already many people lined up. The lines moved pretty quickly and I picked up a few things and walked around the expo.

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Just a few people waiting for merchandise.

Oh, the things I con my mother into doing. ;)

Oh, the things I con my mother into doing. 😉

IMG_5316[1]After the expo I headed up to Los Angeles to check out a few sites. I’ve never been there before and wanted to do the touristy stuff. Parked at Hollywood and Highland and head to the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

IMG_5332[1]I’m not sure what I was expecting this area to be like, but it was very cheesy. The people dressed like costumed players were getting a little to close to me for my liking, one even sneaking up behind me and making me scream. I looked around at the various handprints and walk down the street looking at all the stars.

IMG_5330[1]IMG_5335[1]After walking around for awhile it was time for ice cream!! Ghirardelli Soda Fountain  Pictured is the Gold Rush..ice crea, chocolate, peanut butter, whipped cream  Worth every calorie!

IMG_5343[1]Next I headed back into the Hollywood and Highland to get a glimpse of the Hollywood sign.

IMG_5349[1]Walked around into the shops, and did the smartest thing ever..left around 4:30-5pm….prime rush hour traffic.  One thing i now know is, I would never want to live in that area and commute to/from LA! =)

After I got back, I grabbed some dinner at Downtown Disney and headed to bed.  Disneyland and California Adventure’s were calling my name in the morning!

To be Continued…

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Week reviewed and Spartan Race entry winner!

First things first. Thank you everyone for entering the contest to win a Spartan race entry. The randomly chosen winner was comment #14.

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Last week, I was so busy running errands and getting everything I needed to leave for Calfironia this week. My workouts were not so great. I need to stick to my schedule when I get back to California. Snow and freezing cold temperatures make me want to just curl up with a good book and hot cup of coffee.

I did get in a 3 mile run on Wednesday and a 6 on Sunday.

My 6 on Sunday I did a test run for Star Wars.  Any idea who I am doing a mock up costume for? The good news is, it withstood my 6 miles so we have a winner!

prinessleiahairAnyone else running Star Wars half marathon or 10 K?

Week in Review

Wow, January is starting off fast and busy. I’m finally back into the swing of things and back on track. I’m trying to get in 3 runs a week, 2 shorter and one longer. I also started tracking my food. For some reason taking a few extra cookies doesn’t seem like such a great idea when you write it down. 😉

Next week I leave this lovely cold,snowy state for California!  Super excited for my first trip out to Disneyland since I was 8. Also can’t wait for my first race of the year, the Star Wars Half Marathon. Anyone have recommendations on places to see and eat outside of the Disney area?

Week in review:

Monday: cross training workouts at home

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: 3 mile run

Thursday: cross training workouts at home

Friday: 4 mile run

Saturday: cross training workouts at home

Sunday: 12 miles.  The roads were snowy and icy. I can’t risk an injury so I did this indoors on a track. Felt like the longest 12 miles I’ve ever done!

Reminder, my Spartan race giveaway closes on Sunday! Go here to enter!