Saturday, July 5, 2008
On the road again...to China!
So the running has been a little rough lately. I looked through my logs and decided that I just haven't run enough to expect very much. I was on my feet and walking several hours a day in Scotland, but running was spotty before we went, did one nice long one there but I was gone like 11 days, people. That's not enough running for me to maintain. And I've paid. Oh I've paid.
I've struggled through a couple rough ones trying to get some semblance of order and comfort back. I finally decided I was trying to go way too far, crashing at 3 or 3.5 or 2.5 for that matter. Since I changed my eating pretty drastically ( AHEM, 3rd in the big Vivalicious Independence Day Challenge, thank you very much) my energy and stamina have been a little whack too. I finally just did a 2.6 at a nice rip to get some confidence back and followed it with 3 yesterday. I have a long way to go but things seem like they might be coming back to me. Just when I am ready to take off for China....
Oh well, I'll either run while I'm there or not, it will be here when I get back. :D I'm definitely going to run some on the wall, and plan to do at least a couple runs, but we'll see, maybe it will be more!
So here's the lowdown of how the trip unfolded. Basically the friends that we have traveled with some lately mentioned to me last weekend that she had the opportunity to go see her son and daughter in law (whom I have met and adore!) in Beijing but her husband (who happens to be my work partner) couldn't make it work on such short notice. He didn't really want her traveling on her own. That's where I entered the picture. :D YIPPEE.
I have a passport and a slightly less stringent schedule, and a very supportive Hub who thought it sounded like one of those once in a lifetime how could I not encourage you to go thingys. How can I pass up built in tour guides who have lived there a couple years and at the height of their clean up for the Olympics???(by the way, he's going to have the kids for 11 days, he's at the casino right now having a little boy time before this whole thing kicks into gear!)
Some United miles and a few phone calls for a visa later, I'm going!! And I'm totally pumped. And it was only 9 days away at the time. Now, it's WEDNESDAY!!!! How many thousand years of history can you cram into a weekend to get ready for a trip? Ha ha. I'll do my best.
We're going to see all the big stuff and hopefully have lots of time for other interesting activities. I've heard you can get an hour and a half massage for $10. (oh.my.heavens.) I'm also very interested in the shopping. There's a possibility of a side trip to Hong Kong with a stop in Shanghai. I can't even believe this is me talking! So....I'll take lots of notes and lots of pics and likely catch you on the flip side. I'll be gone 9th - 19th. I can't wait to share the details with you when I get back!!