|It is a canyon and it is grand. I felt like I was on a movie set.|
A coworker and I took trips to the Grand Canyon (oooh) and Red Rock Canyon (ahhh), and of course we spent one afternoon/evening on the Vegas strip. We walked in excess of 4.5 miles that day, which is great because I was super bummed to find out that the hotel fitness center had extremely limited hours which did not work with my conference schedule. I ended up getting creative one day and swam laps while coworker shouted study questions at me. I even did some pool running, which I'm pretty sure looked really strange.
|The water show at the Bellagio always makes me think of Oceans Eleven.|
My favorite excursion was the tour we took of Red Rock Canyon. It's offered by Scoot City Tours and I highly recommend looking in to them if you're ever in Vegas or Sedona. We got to drive around in 2-passenger scooter cars!! OK, I let coworker drive because his eyes lit up like a kid on Christmas morning when we got in the scooters. Plus, I was more than happy to enjoy the sights and take the photos! It was the most beautiful, funny, relaxing morning I have had in a while and it was awesome.
|Look at the scooter cars!! Look at the view! How could anyone not like this?!|
After an exhausting week out West I flew home, spent one night in my bed, woke up and got in a car en route to New York for a family wedding. The exhaustion continued! Having grown up in NY I was excited to return home to some of my favorite foods that just don't taste right outside of NY - pizza and bagels. Oh, the amount of pizza and bagels I ate! I tried to balance out the rest of my meals with salad and other light fare but I definitely indulged on this trip.
The wedding was completely awesome. I have never been to a wedding where the bride/groom's family rivaled the craziness of my own but this was a match made in heaven! At one point half of the wedding guests were wearing bonnets crafted from their dinner napkins and the bride's brother was hanging from a chandelier. I seriously can't wait to see the pictures. While in NY I fully intended on running around the neighborhood at least two of the five days I was in town. That never happened but I did dance my ass off at the wedding. I have noticed a trend now, at the past few weddings I've attended, where I completely miss the arrival of dessert and cake because I'm still on the dance floor. It's a pretty good trade-off actually!
|Look, a squirrel!|
After a LOT of time (50+ hours!!) spent sitting down over the last two weeks and having eaten a lot of delicious food, I was sure I had gained at least five pounds. Last night I committed myself to going to Zumba and being active. I showed up and chatted with my Zumba friends and waited. And waited. And waited. Twenty-five minutes later we finally received word that our instructor was sick and class was cancelled. SO disappointing!
By that time it was 8pm and I knew the sun would be setting shortly. I went home, jumped out of the car and went for a 2.2 mile run. A few minutes in to the run I realized I was still wearing my (completely unsupportive) Zumba shoes instead of my running shoes but I kept going. It felt good to finally be active in a way that was familiar to my body. I have really missed running over the past couple of weeks and I have noticed a difference in my body and my attitude when I do not run.