Last week I headed out to the desert for a work conference. I stayed at my parent’s vacation house in Palm Springs. This was my home for five days. I had three bedrooms, a swimming pool, and the rest of the house all to myself.
You would have thought that I would have returned home with a tan. But I was too busy with the conference to even spend time at the pool. Although, I did stand on the steps in the pool one night, after a nine mile run.
I was able to view gorgeous sunsets while I was out in the desert, with colorful cotton candy skies and palm trees swaying in the wind. It was in the mid-80′s the entire week, which was perfect weather for the desert. It wasn’t too hot, and it wasn’t too cold. I could live with mid-80 degree weather if I had my choice.
I got up one morning and got a 3-mile run in. It was difficult because I was unfamiliar with the neighborhood, and I hadn’t planned out my route beforehand. It was a bit humid when running though, which made me a hot sweaty mess.
While I was gone, my son lost another tooth. This was his 3rd lost tooth. It is very noticeable since it is one of his top front teeth. I guess it was super loose all of the sudden, so my husband used some dental floss to help get it out. Apparently, my husband was following the 72-hour rule for the tooth fairy because the tooth fairy came when I got home on Friday night.
Attending a conference for work, means lots of “group dinners”. I was a total glutton and ate more than I usually do. We had some good times, but tons of rich food. I felt like I had a rock in my stomach, and I knew that I had to get a run in. It was rather warm and humid outside at night, so I waited a little too late one night. I decided to go on a totally unplanned and unmapped nine mile run through Palm Springs.
The Riviera Resort & Spa is right near my parent’s place and looks super pretty lit up at night. I almost felt like I was in Vegas. I could tell that it was super crowded there because the valet line was full, and it was Spring Break. When I got back to the house, I looked up the Riviera’s website. It looked super awesome. I might have to go check out their spa sometime.
Oh hai there, 26-foot tall Marilyn Monroe. The “Forever Marilyn” statue is visiting Palm Springs until June. I just happened to run past Marilyn along my nine-miler. There were a ton of people taking photographs of her.
I learned that if I want to do long runs like this again, I need to invest in some reflective gear and lights to wear on my run. It was DARK outside when I was running. I tripped on a high edge of a sidewalk also, and caught myself. That could have totally ended badly.
On Friday afternoon, I hit that outlet mall for some shopping. I got some great running stuff from Nike for dirt cheap prices, yay! And then bam, hit some really bad traffic which took me forever to get home. As soon as I got home, I changed my clothes and left to go to a friend’s house with the family, ate dinner, and then attended a friend’s hockey game. So much for relaxing!
With all my free time by myself last week, you would have thought that all my emails got answered etc., but they didn’t. I barely opened my computer. And now I have to work this week, plus it is my son’s Spring Break. Will I ever get caught up?