As fast as this week has been, traveling and such, it’s been damn long. I’m just going to cut right to the chase. Things I’ve learned this week.
I’m so damn rusty at traveling. How is that even possible? I know I haven’t traveled for work for several months, but dude, I’m tired. Time change this trip was a doozy. Felt hungry all the time (3 hours is a mind-blowing time difference food-wise IMHO…when you get to work, it’s practically lunchtime and you haven’t even had breakfast yet. Fail.). Days felt super long since I was wide awake at 4:30 am PT but out the door for work by 6:30 and not back to my hotel until 9 pm PT.
It’s winter. Steer clear of layovers in ‘red flag’ stops – Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver. You get the gist. Where
is was my layover on the way home today? CHICAGO. Where is there a big ass storm going through today? CHICAGO. Panicky me moved my flight last night to 6:45 am departure (vs. 8:15) through Dallas instead (when I booked, the Dallas layover was 30 mins, so I didn’t book it and gambled on Chicago given the mild winter we’ve had so far…bad idea!). Whew. Wish me luck (but refer to the ‘I’m tired’ statement, another 4:30 am wakeup today).
I’m not good at being injured. When I woke up on Tuesday after my long-ass flight on Monday night, the back of my right knee was swollen and achy. I immediately thought blood clot because hey, that’s how my mind rolls…let’s think of the *worst* thing it could be. I decided to run (hit 5 miles, but fought for it) and the knee didn’t hurt more but didn’t hurt less either. Then I had a scheduled ‘barre date’ with Erika at Pure Barre after work and even though the knee hurt, I went. (side note: Pure Barre is pretty good, but still not as good, as intense as barre n9ne…just saying). Woke up with continued knee pain yesterday and did not run (my first smart move, look at me! LOL). Long story short, I woke up today and it feels better. Perhaps I can run tomorrow. (again, refer to my statement ‘I’m not good at being injured!).
I was social with co-workers! I’m learning to branch out. To be more chatty. Less ‘business’ all the time. It felt good. I’m working on that resolution like I said I would. I went to lunch with a friend on Tuesday (that was *not* my boss hehe). I convinced another to come to Pure Barre on Tuesday night, too. It may sound small, but these things are tough for me. Chatting people up in the hallways etc. So I’m learning. Right? Go me! 😉
So, while it has been an extremely long week, filled with un-routine and ‘uncomfortable zones,’ I’m making it to the other end and I feel pretty good. It gives me hope that my next trip in a few weeks will go smoothly, even if the days are long and the nights are longer. But I’m not gonna lie, I’m looking forward to my bed, my man, my kitties and my workouts 😉