Tales of Toronto

I’m back from my whirlwind trip to Toronto! I was in the city for less than 24 hours, so basically slept, had my interview, then rushed to the airport and flew home.

On the way there, I flew through Denver. It always kind of baffles me that Denver doesn’t have better food options. That airport is HUGE! I really wanted a ginormous salad with some tofu or something, but the closest thing was getting a tofu/veggie bowl at Itza Wrap Itza Bowl in Concourse B. This definitely isn’t the best thing ever…the steamed veggies are overcooked and the peanut sauce is just ‘meh,’ but it did in a pinch.

Normally I take my own snacks when I travel (so I can avoid over-priced mediocre food), but I didn’t get a chance to go to the store before leaving. Thems the breaks.

I arrived in Toronto quite late, so I just went to the hotel (Best Western Roehampton) and went to bed. I woke up super early, and hit the hotel gym for a quick workout. Like most hotel gyms, it was basically a hotel room with a few pieces of junky cardio equipment.

The ventilation in this room was non-existent. There was one window that opened, and that was it. After 20 minutes on the elliptical I couldn’t take it anymore and left. It was a short workout, but better than nothing I suppose. And I got to watch Canada AM! I miss that show (don’t judge me)!

The rest of the day was kind of hectic. But I did manage to squeeze in a quick stop at Tim Horton’s to load up on caffeine.

I wasn’t sure what I would find for healthy eats at the Pearson airport since I was in Terminal 3 (which is small and sucks). Things weren’t as dismal as I thought they’d be though, I found this falafel plate with some dried out falafel, oily tabbouleh, and stale pita. You don’t want to know what I had to pay for this ($10!!!).

I arrived back home late last night and now I’m trying to get life back to normal. Between traveling to Santa Cruz for the half marathon and then leaving right away for Toronto, I need a few days to decompress and get caught up on things.

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Off to Santa Cruz!

Tomorrow I leave for Santa Cruz for the Capitola Half Marathon! We’re heading down Saturday, staying overnight, I’m racing Sunday morning, then we’ll head back home (and then I leave Monday morning for a business trip – so much travel!).

Aside from packing the regular (e.g., running shorts, shirt, shoes, etc.) we’re also taking quite a bit of food with us to save money:

Pictured are a bag of blueberry bagels, bananas, Clif bars, and some Gatorade powder that I can mix up in a water bottle. This way we only have to eat out for one of our meals and our hotel room will be stocked with carb-loading goodies.

Can we talk about my Garmin tan-line for a minute? Yikes this thing is getting pretty bad!

Sheesh, my hand isn’t very photogenic. I swear it doesn’t actually look like that in real life. I guess this is why I’m not a hand model.

Do you take your own food when you travel for races? Have any weird fitness-related tan-lines at the moment?