(Not) Back in the NY Groove

Hello! I have been back from San Diego since Wednesday and have been trying to play catch up, mainly with sleep. I had a great time even though it was for work (my national organization’s annual clinical meeting). I always learn so much and am grateful that I had the opportunity to go this year. We even had some time to do some sightseeing.

Our hotel was AMAZING. It was huge! I think the lobby speaks for itself. It was within walking distance to the convention center (where the exhibit hall was located) and to the headquarters hotel (where our meetings were held). We stayed on one of the top floors so the view was spectacular and you could see the entire city. San Diego is shrouded in fog in the early morning which lifts in the early afternoon. While you aren’t waking up to bright sunny skies, it’s worth the wait!

Lobby of the Manchester Hyatt

From this...
...to this!

I was able to sneak in some run time – first with a co-worker who I helped get through day 1 of her C25K program and next with a 6.2 mile run along the bay. The path along the bay was pretty crowded with runners and walkers of all strides which was reassuring, especially since I wasn’t familiar with the area.

On Monday, we had the chance to head over to the Hotel del Coronado which is open to sightseers. The Hotel is 120 years old and is full of grandeur, taking up some major real estate along the beach. They just don’t make ’em like they used to.

Main lobby

After visiting the Hotel Del as the natives call it, we headed back over to San Diego on this scary bridge to go to a Padres game:

Not THAT scary

Tickets were given to us and the seats were pretty fantastic. I haven’t been to a baseball game in a while so I was pretty excited to eat a foot long chili dog and a pretzel (just kidding, at least on the dog). Oh yeah, and watch some baseball obviously.

Petco Park. I'm a fan since I drop some major pesos at Petco.

This guy threw out the first pitch and also happened to be seated right behind us.

Trey Anastasio from Phish - no big deal. In the flannel in case you you couldn't figure it out from my creepy stalkerish pic.

Yes, I DID actually work while I was here and am very lucky to have a boss who lets us play when the work day is over. It was a short trip that was supposed to end on Tuesday night but after a cancelled connecting flight from Detroit we had to stay the night and couldn’t fly out of the Motor City until the next afternoon. I was exhausted and between jet lag and a minimal amount of sleep I crashed – HARD – the minute I stepped into my house on Wednesday. I was off from work Thursday and Friday and was disappointed that I missed two workouts and didn’t eat the best all week (I think poor eating contributes to sluggishness). I feel as though the wheels came off despite trying so hard to keep things in check. Needless to say, it was hard to get back into the swing of things until today (somewhat – I bailed on a half marathon this morning. More on that tomorrow).

How do you keep it together during and after travel? How do you get yourself back on track? Anything exciting happen this past week? Sharing is caring!




6 thoughts on “(Not) Back in the NY Groove

  1. Great post. I am not really great at running on the road, especially if it’s for a work-related trip. That said, I tend to get out and force myself to run first thing in the morning. It’s a combination of not being able to sleep (damn hotels pillows, lol) and knowing that if I don’t get it done then, it’s not going to happen. The best part (besides that oh so sweet cup of coffee afterward) is knowing that I can cross something off my daily “To Do” list!

  2. Looks like you had an amazing trip! I’m glad you got to have some fun even though it was for a work trip. Also, that was really nice of you to help your co-worker through Day 1 of C25K! I can’t believe she started it on a work trip, but that will just make running at home that much easier.

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